Point-Counterpoint In Jacksonville

As the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSO) lockout continues, both sides have started to release more information about their respective positions. Initially, the Jacksonville Symphony Association (JSA) published a document at their website which presents their positions and a few days later, the musicians published a response at their website…

Although the JSA has labeled their document a “Fact Sheet”, in reality it is a position paper and it is that perspective the musicians have published a response. We’ll begin to examine many of the individual points contained in both documents later this week. In the meantime, you can brush up on the issues involved in this labor dispute by reviewing each position paper:

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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