Website Update

I spent a portion of the weekend updating my converting my consulting website from a hand coded html platform over to the same blogging platform I use for blogging. Although I required some detailed coding the long-term benefits are many, including simplified updating expanded offerings via the WordPress platform. In addition to the new platform is an updated graphic design and even though I still have some material to update, I do have information about my Area-51 project from this summer available so if you’ve been anxious to learn more about where I was and what I was doing, you’re in luck…

The new and improved
The new and improved

Keep in mind, the information is merely an overview and I still plan on writing quite a bit more about my time in Area-51. There are so many wonderfully unique components to the project, I’m still working everything out in my mind as to how I want to present all of the information without subjecting readers to data overload. Regardless, you can find the information at the revised Projects page as well as a copy of my bio in Arabic, so stop by and have a look around:

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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