Sprucing Up the Homestead

It has been awhile since I updated my consulting website and over the last weekend, I completed installing a new template and updated content. I don’t usually post this sort of housekeeping info here at Adaptistration but after having several people in the business I’ve known for some time contact me last week to say “I didn’t know you were an arts consultant,” it seems high time to point the updated business website…

Logon to my consulting website at orchestraconsulting.com
Login to my consulting website at orchestraconsulting.com

Certainly, it is an enormous compliment to have colleagues and friends think so highly of this blog as to assume it is what I do for a living. It is a pleasure to write about the business on a daily basis but unfortunately, culture blogging doesn’t have enough of an audience (not by a long shot) to make this a positive cash-flow model.

Instead, my primary vocation for the past 15 years has been working as an arts consultant. Other than mentioning it on rare occasions in a blog post and including it in my personal about page, it seems unseemly to plaster the fact over every blog page and subject readers to unrestrained, not to mention undignified, shilling. The primary reasons readers visit is for the content and discussion and that won’t change any time soon.

Nonetheless, I invite you to stop by my business website and take a look around at the updated content. I work with a wide variety of clients from individual artists right up through international multi-million dollar projects. The website features a few new sections outlining services directly related to the sort of problems popping up everywhere as a result of the economy and you just might find yourself saying “I didn’t know he did that.”

This career is thoroughly enjoyable and solving the problems that come my way never gets old. So take a moment to see what I can do for you or your organization and never hesitate to give my office a call or send me an email to talk about your project or find out more about my work. Even though this is small business, it is always gratifying to make new friends.

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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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