Rolling The Odometer

It went by so quietly I didn’t even notice it, but Adaptistration crossed the 1,000 posts mark on April 4, 2007…


After checking the publication archive, the post which tripped the odometer was none other than Leonard Slatkin’s Take A Friend To Orchestra contribution. At 1000+ posts and 863 reader comments I’m pleased to say that Adaptistration has become a mainstay as a forum for truly independent discussion of all things related to orchestra management.

Contributing a niche voice to such a wonderful medium such as the one provided by Arts Journal has been an honor and I’m looking forward to the next 1000 posts. In the meantime, keep the comments coming in along with the personal emails. This is an open forum for discussion and the more you take advantage of the opportunities to interact, the better it will become.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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