What’s In Store For June

As June ushers in the final weeks for most orchestras (and a transition into “summer mode” for the 52 week crowd) there are big things afoot on the horizon at Adaptistration…


First, 2007 Compensation Reports are coming soon. Always a popular topic, this week-long installment examines trends in compensation figures for more than 70 professional orchestras.

Next, after years of reading emails asking why I don’t write about the musicians’ union the same way I write about orchestra administrators (although please keep in mind, this is a blog about orchestra management) you can expect an article examining some recent developments within the American Federation of Musicians which, collectively, could have a significant impact on the entire orchestra field.

Next, ever since the news was announced on May 9th, 2007 there isn’t a weekday that passes where a reader doesn’t ask when I’ll publish something about the situation developing in Buffalo over the alleged discrimination based dismissal charges filed by former oboist J. Bud Roach. Rest assured; you’ll see something published on these issues in June.

Finally, following this week’s Philadelphia Inquirer article by David Patrick Stearns on the value of free concerts I am finally going to finish up a series of articles on the topic that have been on the back-burner for far too long.

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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