Let The Ratings Begin!

The 2009 Orchestra Website Review reader review page is open for business. Here, you’ll be able to rate each website included in the review using a similar 5-star rating system like the one used by Amazon.com and if you wish to offer more in-depth observations, you can leave a review comment. Links to each website are provided so you don’t have to track down any sites on your own and unless you have the time to sit down and go through 82 U.S. and 14 Canadian orchestra websites in one sitting, know that there are no minimum numbers of ratings/reviews required to participate and you can submit them using your own schedule…

If you aren’t sure where to start there’s a useful FAQ guide at the top of the reader review page to walk you through the entire process. I’m looking forward to seeing what readers think

Employees Not Eligible ARE ENCOURAGED To Participate

Click to become empowered!We’re all used to seeing obligatory “employees not eligible to participate” disclaimers attached to projects like this but in this case, employees are encouraged to participate. There is nothing wrong with showing pride or displeasure with your organization’s website so I hope orchestra stakeholders will actively participate in the reader reviews. The only caveat is if you are an orchestra employee and want to leave a comment based review for your ensemble’s website, that you disclose your employment status in the review.

Taking this idea one more step, I’m encouraging marketing professionals, volunteer groups, and player associations to contact patrons via emails, newsletters, and on their respective websites urging supporters to take part in the reader reviews. To that end, everyone can feel free to use any of the copy and graphics associated with the reviews. If you need higher resolution copies of any graphic or in specific dimensions just let me know, I’ll be happy to help out as needed.

To make things even easier, just use the social networking links located at the bottom of the reader review page that enable you post notices to your Facebook profile/page, tweet a notice at Twitter, submit to aggregators like Digg and StumbleUpon, and much more – all with a single click!


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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