No Lack of Power Had They Lacked Power. Unless You Have No Power…

…or in my case, no reliable internet connection. Given the fact that connection time is sporadic and brief I’m only going to take the time to point out two posts from my Inside The Arts blogging cohorts who have been writing about the Olympics and how it intersects with their arts medium. Joe Patti over at Butts In The Seats posted an intriguing piece entitled No Lack of Power Had They Lacked Power which takes a look at the opening ceremonies and Mike Janssen’s Lang Lang at the Olympics on Performance Today is about exactly what you think.

Internet Gods willing, I’ll have a longer stretch of access time to post something with a little more meat tomorrow.

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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