Who Else Doesn’t Like To Wait?

The good news is you don’t have to wait until June 7 for the 2010 Orchestra Compensation Reports; they’re available right now at Adaptistration Premium. The great news is the new and improved data management tables that were designed especially for the compensation info are in place and fully operational. There is no bad news. If you already have a subscription to Adaptistration Premium, you should have received an email announcement this morning about the updates and if you don’t have a subscription (yet), you can still take a sneak peek…

Who says you have to wait? You can access the 2010 Compensation Reports right now.

Sample data tables for the historical compensation charts as well as the comparative overview charts are up and running and waiting for you to play with. The historical charts now contain eight seasons worth of data, all the way back to 1999. The comparative charts allow you to examine the latest compensation data for each stakeholder group (Executives, Music Directors, Concertmasters, and Base Musicians) side by side or tabulate by total expenditures, League Group, or AFM Player Conference..

Did I mention the new charts are interactive? And who doesn’t love interactive online tools? New functionality includes the ability to sort each column by ascending/descending values as well as sort each of the 76 organizations by League Group or AFM Players’ Conference. You can also search within each table to single out individual ensembles by row or even specific compensation figures. You can even use the search to segment organization by ensemble name so as to compare all of the “Philharmonics” side by side.

But be warned, playing with the sample charts is addictive but the data is all make believe. In order to put your sorting skills to good use, you’ll need your very own subscription.

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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