Giving Thanks

I’m thankful for being able to live in such a wonderful city with a thriving arts environment.

I’m thankful for my blog’s new home and the freedom to invite other talented voices to begin their own blogs.

I’m thankful for having the opportunity to earn a living while working from home.

I’m thankful for a wonderful public transpiration system that takes me where I need to go when I need to be there (and I hope the state of Illinois straightens up and realizes the importance of keeping it that way).

I’m thankful the internet continues to evolve into a healthy tool that promotes social interaction and maintains interpersonal connections.

I’m thankful for being able to spend my Black Friday working and having lunch with friends instead of joining the herd of zombies roaming the malls of America.

I’m thankful for being able to work on the most environmentally sound cultural project in the U.S. (more on that in a few months).

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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