Post Convention Catch-Up

All in all, I think the session on blogging at the National Performing Arts Convention was very positive. Based on the attendance I witnessed at other sessions, it seems that at just over 70 our session was very well attended. After talking to those who stayed around afterward to chat and ask questions, it is clear that there is a growing interest in institutional blogging. Consequently, tomorrow’s post will feature some big ideas I’ve had since the session regarding the untapped value of institutional blogging so make sure you stop by; you won’t want to miss out. I’ll post an article about additional conference observations toward the latter part of the week.

In the meantime, here are a few things you may have missed. First, the latest installment in Inside The Arts’ new Podcast series went live the other week. "Because Shut Up, That’s Why!" Episode #003: Vintage Opera turned out to be a fantastic episode; equally entertaining and enlightening.

Next, WBFO Producer/Reporter Kenny Macdonald put together an intriguing segment on how the rising cost of gas is impacting musicians for the 6/13/08 edition of Buffalo Avenues. Although the bulk of the segment focuses on pop musicians, Kenny spends time toward the end of the segment examining how these issues impact classical musicians and ensembles. During that part of the show, Kenny uses a bit of our telephone conversation about how the Gig After Gas Online Calculator quantifies the impact of rising gas prices on a gig musician’s net pay. Given the fact that most of the managers I talked to at the NPAC conference are concerned about this issue, Kenny’s segment is quite timely. You can listen to the WBFO segment using the audio player below and if you haven’t discovered the Gig After Gas Online Calculator yet, you’re missing out.

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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