Good News And Bad News In The Cultural Confidence Level

Bad news first: the latest Cultural Confidence update indicates a distinct downturn in the outlook on current economic conditions. The good news is the latest poling cycle indicates that the economic outlook is increasing on the extremes and decreasing in less committed feelings…

In particular, there was an increase in respondents who feel that the economic conditions at their orchestra will be “poor” (the lowest available option) by the end of the current season but at the same time, there was an almost equal percentage increase in the number of respondents who feel that economic conditions at their orchestra will be excellent (the highest option available). The chart below illustrates the current trends.

The latest polling cycle indicates an increase in extreme viewpoints.

Voting for the current polling cycle is now open so if you haven’t cast your vote what are you waiting for? VOTE NOW.

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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