Don’t Wait, Buy Your Copy Now!

According to the Grant Park Music Festival’s (GPMF) website, describes itself as “The nation’s only free, municipally funded, summer-long, classical music series, the Grant Park Music Festival has been a key part of the lakefront’s vibrant history.” That means it is a government sponsored, autonomous orchestra; yes, an organization thought to only exist mostly in Europe has been around right under our US noses for the past 75 years. To celebrate their 75th anniversary, the GPMF commissioned a publication that I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few days before it is officially released…

A celebration of the Grant Park Music Festival - order your copy now!
A celebration of the Grant Park Music Festival - order your copy now!

Written by Tony Macaluso (GPMF Dir. Of Marketing and Patron Services), Julia S. Bachrach (Chicago Park District Historian), and Neal Samors (celebrated author and Chicago historian) the 234 page book is simply gorgeous. I’ll be pouring through it over the next few days and plan to post a more comprehensive article shortly thereafter and I also hope to find the time to chat with the authors in order to learn more about the process used to bring the book to life.

In the meantime, this book is a perfect example of the sort of project I’ve been encouraging clients to embark on for years. Not only should you order a copy to learn more about this unique and fabulous orchestra and chorus but you should also pick up a copy to keep in your office as a reference for how a final product like this should look and feel.

You can also learn more about the GPMF at their new website as well as the institutional retrospective piece I authored for polyphonic.org back in 2006. In fact, the GPMF has been a frequent topic here at Adaptistration; here’s a list of GPMF related articles:

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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