Columbus Around The Blogosphere

It’s good to see that the attention focused on Columbus isn’t localized to its greater metropolitan area. On the contrary, new and traditional media outlets alike have been watching events with a fine eye. Here’s a wrap up of what you can find on the topic…

  • It is particularly heartening to see major Ohio newspapers
    outside of Columbus publishing material about the impending shut down.
    Janelle Gelfand at the Cincinnati Enquirer has published multiple articles on the topic as well as several posts at her enquirer blog.
  • Dan Wakin at the New York Times has published at least two articles on the topic, the most recent one is available here.
  • Robert Levine recently weighed in with his usual razor sharp writing at Abu Bratsch.
  • Charles Noble from the Oregon Symphony had something to say about drains and circling.
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra musician David Thomas, who usually doesn’t write about issues in his orchestra, has been using his blog to express his perspective.
  • John Stoehr makes it absofu*kinglutely clear how he feels at his Charleston City Paper blog.
  • UWeekly.com published an article that has a nice section about how symphonystrong.com has been impacting recent developments.

In the world of traditional media there’s nothing yet from Don Rosenberg and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer as of yet nor Mark Stryker at the Detroit Free Press (let me know if I missed something). Hopefully, the editors at each paper will find some space for the topic sooner than later. Am I missing anyone?

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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