Guests Ahoy!

Starting Monday, August 3rd you can look forward to seven days of guest author posts here at Adaptistration. Typically, I put together several posts in advance of heading off on vacation but it seems like high time to open up the forum to a series of guest authors and let them blog about whatever they want. I’m not going to ruin the surprise by revealing their identities or topics in advance but I will offer the following clues…
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  1. None of them are regular bloggers.
  2. All of them work in the orchestra business in some fashion.
  3. One is an orchestra CEO.
  4. Some of them travel around the globe for their work but they aren’t full time conductors or soloists.

I can promise you’ll be processing material that hasn’t been examined at Adaptistration previously and I think most folks will be moved to submit a comment with observations and/or questions. any guesses on what you can expect?

In the meantime, check out the latest round of articles in Molly Sheridan’s Blogger’s Bok Club series. It’s a fascinating review of The Whuffie Factor: Using the Power of Social Networks to Build Your Business by Tara Hunt and each article considers the self-described premise of how the performing arts are embracing technology and social networking for better and worse. Regular Adaptistration readers already know how much of a dog-with-a-bone issue this is and the ensuing discussion over at Casa de Sheridan has me thinking (and writing).

Stay tuned…

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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