#5 On The List Might Be A Bit High…

My thanks to a sharp eyed reader who forwarded a link to a Robert Cross’ 7 Reasons To Go to Columbus, Ohio which recently appeared in the Chicago Tribune. Coming in at #5 on Robert’s list is Columbus’ culture scene; in particular (emphasis added), “Theaters, orchestras, dance companies, that university campus, art museums . . . ” Given the Columbus Symphony Orchestra executive board’s decision to abstain from subscription sales for the 2008/09 season, thereby squelching the most likely path toward launching an 08/09 season, Robert Cross might want to reconsider if the city’s cultural scene deserves to make the list at all.

On a lighter note, thanks to Michael Hovnanian, blogger and bassist in the orchestra-which-shall-not-be-named, for pointing out a potential celebrity oriented “separated at birth” scenario.


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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#5 On The List Might Be A Bit High…