Change Is Good

Regular readers have likely already noticed Adaptistration’s new look. I’ve been anxious to experiment with a grunge theme for awhile and the start of a new year seemed like a good time. But Adaptistration isn’t the only blog at Inside The Arts sporting fresh graphics, Sticks and Drones has a sporty new look and the Inside The Arts homepage features a retro makeover. Tomorrow, Scanning The Dial will join in on the fun with an updated appearance as well as a new co-author…

Over the course of the next several weeks, more of your favorite Inside The Arts blogs will undergo a facelift so stop by on a regular basis to see what’s new. If you find any of the color palettes appealing and want to use or modify them for your own purposes, you can download free detailed info at the following color palette links:





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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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