Off To The National Performing Arts Convention

FreewifiAdaptistration People 152I’ll be arriving at the National Performing Arts Convention this afternoon around 12:00noon-1:00PM local time and I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and getting to meet people I’ve been emailing for years but have never met face-to-face. For those of you attending the conference and are as torque off as I am that the $9.99/day fee for Wi-Fi access doesn’t include the floors where most convention activities are being held, know that you can obtain complementary Wi-Fi access with the purchase of a cup of coffee at the Peaberry Coffee located at the North-East end of the same block as the Hyatt (map). I gave the shop a call to verify the Wi-Fi service and they reported that they are good to go. If anyone else knows of something in the immediate vicinity, post a comment below.*

Otherwise, don’t forget to attend The Online Salon Movement
session tomorrow from 4:30-5:45pm in Room 303. If you’re interested in meeting to talk business, say hello, or get one of my oh-so-cool minicards, call my cell phone at 708-990-0408.

*To all iPhone users who have internet access embedded into their service and a phone worth using to surf the web and check email: iEnvy you.

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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