Venture Project Update: Building A Smarter Art

Today marks the beginning of The Venture Project’s active analysis period as initial users get in and work with specific Creative Control Engine components. We’re also assembling the review checklist to ensure each individual feature and module is properly designed and incorporated into the final product. It’s gratifying to see everything coming together and it has been equally satisfying to receive the amount of interest inquires from colleagues throughout the arts business. Consequently, I want to extend a sincere invitation to all arts consultants and other arts technology professionals to get in touch and learn more about how Venture can help you work with clients and add value to your service…

Venture isn’t being designed as a competitive product; instead, it’s intended to serve as a tool that a wide variety of direct users and service providers can utilize to improve the entire field. We encourage collaboration will be posting a wide variety of development specifications for third party developers to use when designing modules and plugins that integrate with Venture’s Creative Control Engine.

Another way we’re promoting collaboration over competition is by designing Venture to maximize flexibility without sacrificing performance. The results allow arts organizations to develop a strategic website, marketing, and analytics presence using internal resources or those from a preferred designer and technology consultant. There’s no “our way or the highway” mentality here.

Technical development specifications and provider details should be wrapped up by the end of the month but I’m happy to begin a dialog with technical and service providers now in order to accelerate your own development process. Feel free to get in touch via email or call 708-445-2675.

In the meantime, make sure you sign up for the official Venture Platform launch notice.

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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1 thought on “Venture Project Update: Building A Smarter Art”

  1. Hi, Drew:

    Collaboration not Competition. . .novel concept, eh?! Makes so much sense, yet runs contrary to the bones of our auto-pilot attitude toward the industry of providing technology. Yes, there’s freeware, shareware, over-pricedware, sincere techware (making up words), where does Venture fit it? I’m interested in how arts orgs will get it and get support in using it?

    I’m signed up for the updates and need to do some homework on reading old posts about Venture. Sounds like a great tool with great intentions behind it!

    Happy Friday!


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