Inside The Arts Welcomes Frank Almond

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Inside The Arts
continues to grow and today marks the addition of the newest column: non divisi; Frank Almond writes a column instead of practicing. A column differs from a blog in that blogs publish several articles per week whereas columns publish less frequently. As Frank states in his About page, "For the time being, I’ll post something the first Monday of every month, maybe more often if circumstances warrant, or if I’m just trying to avoid practicing." Much like Inside The Art’s
other column, non divisi is something entirely new and unique among the growing number of online culture sites. Frank captures this idea best in the opening of his inaugural post…

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"I’m more of a musician than a writer, but over the last few years I
began to follow a few arts sites more closely, even posting something
once in awhile. I began to notice that each site tends to have its own
sort of perspective and style, with a comparable level of discourse.
That is, one site will tend to be more musician or performer-oriented,
another leaning towards a management or business perspective, and so
on. Certainly that is to be expected, but it occurred to me (and some
of my colleagues and friends) that I might have a different take on
various issues by virtue of the various professional situations and
opportunities I’ve experienced."

Inside The Arts is fortunate to have someone with such diverse experience
as Frank Almond as one of its members. Having served as concertmaster
in major orchestras across three different countries (he currently
holds two concertmaster positions with major ensembles here in the U.S.) along with a successful career as a soloist, chamber musician, and founder of his own chamber music series there’s bound to be no shortage on the topics Frank can write about. You’ll find all of his recent articles at the Inside The Arts homepage but in the meantime, stop by non divisi and have a look around at all it has to offer.

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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