Are You Ready For The Arts Addict?

I hate to give away upcoming events too early but the flood of emails asking about the new blogs set to launch over the next few months have persuaded me to offer up a few more details…

To that end, Jason Heath was good enough to post some information about his new blog, Arts Addict, at his Double Bass Blog. Those of you already familiar with Jason’s writing know that he’s the original rat on musical crack and once you make his blog a regular part of your day, you’ll be well on your toward building a mean jones when you’re away from internet access. 

The book review blog is going to be a real treat and there’s nothing else out there like it. In addition to focusing on books about music and culture it will also have a sub-section dedicated to children’s books.  So no more wondering whether or not that book and CD combo about the story behind Pictures at an Exhibition is worthwhile or merely cultural pabulum for your little one.

Although I swore that was all that would be released for now I’ll let slip one more goodie: you can expect one of the long time staples in performing arts blogs to join the fun before its all said and done. That’s it for now, you’ll just have to sit tight to wait for the who, what, where, how, and when behind the other blogs and columns coming your way over the next two months. 


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Don’t forget to check out Sticks and Stones; two conductors, on the beat. jointly authored by Bill Eddins and Ron Spigelman. It is the first in a series of new blogs to appear under the auspices of Adaptistration!

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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