Changes Afoot

Throughout the month of July, Adaptistration and its companion blogs will be moving to a new blogging platform. It hasn’t even been a full year since moving to an independent server and we already require more space, better control, and enhanced tools. If growth is any measure of success then all of the blogs and columns at have much to be pleased about. Along with the platform change will be a redesign of the main homepage and in addition to offering some of the most engaging high quality content among the growing field of culture blogs, we want to ensure that we’re offering everyone the tools and features they want. As such, please let us know if there are any tools or features you would like to see incorporated at and its member’s blogs, let us know so we can do our best to include them during the migration period. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday weekend and thank you for making Adaptistration a part of your online routine!

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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