Oh, It Is So On!

As a proud Chicagoan, I love my NHL Western Conference Division leading Chicago Blackhawks. So you can imagine how disturbing it was to see my California based doppelganger (this Drew McManus) boasting on Facebook that the San Jose Sharks would beat the Hawks in tonight’s game. I immediately gave Drew grief, an exchange ensued, and we ended up with the following bet: in the unlikely event the Sharks win, he gets Adaptistration for two days and when the Balckhawks win, one of my 501(c)(3) readers will receive a free fundraising project on Bring Light. It is so on…

Go Hawks!Regardless of the outcome, you’re the real winner since in addition to his other successful pursuits, California Drew is an excellent writer and it would be interesting to see what he has to say about the classical music business (or whatever else he wants to write about). At the same time, the more likely outcome is one fortunate organization will get to experience the fantastic fundraising capabilities of Bring Light completely free of charge.

Regular readers will likely remember Bring Light from two previous articles (here and here) and in today’s economic climate, any fundraising help should be embraced with open arms.

We’ll figure out a way to select the fortunate 501(c)(3) after the Thanksgiving holiday but right now, I’m leaning toward a contest of some sort that incorporates how an organization proposes to use the opportunity. In the meantime, I’m open to ideas so leave a comment or send in an email.

Fortunately, California Drew will get to witness his Sharks going down in person whereas I’ll have to be content with watching the Hawks triumph on ESPN at home or perhaps in a local sports bar. If you’re curious about California Drew’s outlook on this, check out his blog post.

UPDATE: The Blackhawks prevailed so stay tuned for details about the free Bring Light fundraising project!

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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