Today Is The Deadline!

Today marks the deadline for orchestras to complete the 2009 Orchestra Website Review online survey. For those who have already completed the survey thank you for your time and for everyone else, contact me for a copy of the survey URL. So far, the number of orchestras that have completed the surveys is a bit lower than previous years and I know things are extra busy this season but the survey won’t take much time and the results benefit everyone so set some time aside to complete as much as you can by the end of business today…

Don't wait, complete the website review survey today.
Don't wait, the website review survey deadline is today.

Top 10 Sneak-Peak

As a value added bonus, all Weekly Email Summary Subscribers, registered users, Twitter follower, and Facebook page fans will get a link and password to a special page that will list the 2009 Orchestra Website Review Top 10. In order to get in on the sneak peak, just belong to any of the above groups by no later than Thursday evening.

Sorry in advance to all of the Canadian fans out there but since there are only 14 Canadian orchestras included in their review, the sneak-peak only encompasses US orchestras. As such, giving away as few as the Top 3 Canadian groups is pretty much a big spoiler.

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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