ICSOM Presentation Summary

Yesterday’s presentation at the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM) convention went very well and for all of the delegates who requested a copy of the presentation, downloadable copies of the PowerPoint presentation are available here in a few different formats…

IGAMP Presentation Download – pdf

IGAMP Presentation ppt format

It was a pleasure presenting the program along with my three co-presenters from the Phoenix Symphony and Local 586 (Alex Laing, Ron Whaley, and Madelyn Roberts).

Any players’ association and/or AFM Local interested in putting together a similar program for their organization should contact me and we can begin talking about your organization’s needs and how an Internal Governance And Modernization Project can best serve the organization.

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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