Welcome Chicago Tribune Readers…

…thank you for taking a moment to stop by and I hope you enjoy your time here. The 2008 Orchestra Compensation Reports mentioned in the article by Charles Storch are scheduled for publication between Monday, June 2nd and Friday, June 6th (with a bonus "subscribers only" article on Saturday, June 7th). If the Orchestra Compensation Reports are new to you, you should know that they are a series of articles published in June of each year that examine the compensation details and trends among orchestra executives, music directors, concertmasters, and base musicians at 76 professional U.S. symphonic and chamber orchestras.

Each year, the articles garner a terrific amount of productive discussion on the nature of nonprofit compensation and the trends from one year to the next. You can read more about the compensation articles as well as access an index to past reports at the Orchestra Compensation Report index page. Likewise, you will find information about the print edition of the reports which contains compensation data for several additional seasons, dating back to the 1999/00 season.

If this is your first time visiting Adaptistration, I’m honored and hope you’ll take a moment to explore. In addition to category archives (chronological and topic based), the blog features a very efficient targeted Google search, which can be accessed in the right hand navigation column. If you’re interested in learning more about the world of orchestra management or musicians, this is an ideal place to start so feel free to ask questions or make your voice heard publicly via comments along the way.

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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