Network With Drew

Are you in Chicago this week for the League convention? If so, then don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with me while you’re in town. I’ll be downtown on and off from Today through Saturday so if you’re interested in scheduling a time to sit down and talk over coffee, lunch, dinner, or drinks just check my availability calendar below and find a time to connect…


Find a time to network with Drew during the Chicago convention!

I can be downtown as early as 8:30 a.m. and stay out as late as we have something to talk about (or until they stop serving).

Click week view for detailed availability.


Get to know Drew and what he can do for you.
Get to know Drew and what he can do for you.

Suggested Meeting Locations

How To Contact Drew

  • Cell: 708-990-0408
  • Office: 708-445-2675
  • Email

Text messages are strongly encouraged and if you get voice mail, leave a message with your name, return number, and when/where you would like to meet and I’ll do my best to get back in touch with you ASAP.

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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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