Last Chance To Weigh-In On Cultural Confidence

If you haven’t done so already, this week is your last chance to vote in the last cycle for the 2008/09 cultural confidence poll. Since 10/2008, we’ve been tracking how readers have been rating the current economic conditions at their respective performing arts organization as well as where they believe those same conditions will exist by the end of the 2008/09 season. The results have been fascinating and it will be interesting to see where things end up after the end of this week…

Click here to vote in the last cultural confidence polling cycle!
Click here to vote in the last cultural confidence polling cycle!

To date, there have been a dozen articles tracking the results from each polling cycle (available here) and, so far, that data has produced a number of clear patterns, not the least of which are strong tendencies of caution and concern. Given the fact that the League conference this week features a few sessions on the current economy and how it has impacted orchestral organizations, it seems as though they would have been actively tracking these same issues.

In fact, they may have but if so, I am not aware of those efforts. As such, any discussions will be approached from the perspective of hindsight without the benefit of being juxtaposed aside results from a historical tracking process. Fortunately, those participants are free to use the most recent data available from 5/4/2009 to help identify a clear picture of sentiment throughout the business.

Nonetheless, make sure you take the time to vote in the last polling cycle of the season before it is too late! 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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