NPAC Presentation Day

If you’re attending the National Performing Arts Convention and haven’t solidified plans on which sessions you’re attending today, make sure you stop by Room 303 at 4:30PM for the session on blogging. If you’re attending some other session at that time and it starts off as a dud, just sneak out and stop by our session (we won’t rat you out).

So far the convention has been fun. It’s wonderful to put some faces to so many names I’ve known only by email. If anyone is interested in meeting, just send me a text message or voice message at 708-990-0408 and we’ll see about finding some time.


Moo Card update: So far, the Moo MiniCards have been a big hit. I’ve even had readers come up and ask for them! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, them you must have missed the article from earlier this week. Give it a quick read then come find me and get one of the cards (collect all 10 different designs!).

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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