New Inside The Arts Platform Is Now Active

I am very excited to announce that the first blog of the planned platform upgrade is now active. Jason Heath’s Arts Addict is the first to sport the new look. In addition to a redesigned interface, the new platform offers vastly improved functionality and all sorts of goodies for users, many of which will be unrolled over the next few weeks. By the end of September, non divisi, Scanning The Dial, Sticks and Drones and Adaptistration will move over to the new platform. If growth is any measure of success, then all of the blogs and columns at have much to be pleased about so to all of the faithful readers out there, THANK 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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