Inside The Arts: A New Hub For Cultural Discourse

ITA BulbThere’s excitement in the air as today marks the launch of a new cultural blogging exchange, Inside The Arts. Since moving to an independent server at the beginning of November, Adaptistration has expanded to offer two new blogs, Sticks and Drones and Arts Addict. Both blogs have done very well since their respective launch and with more blogs on the way, it made sense to create a clearinghouse where readers can find all of the latest entries in single location for easy viewing. As such, InsideTheArts.com was born.

From this point forward, Sticks and Drones as well as Arts Addict will no longer be referred to as “Adaptistration” blogs; rather, they’ll be known as Inside The Arts blogs. By the end of December, when the task of getting the new Inside The Arts blogs up and running is completed, you can expect to see InsideTheArts.com grow to serve as a source for something other than a shiny aggregator. In the meantime, take a moment to stop by and while you’re there, don’t forget to add it to your bookmarks.

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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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