Guests Authors, Top Secret Files, and Mountains

I’m heading out to the Grand Teton Music Festival (web) this week and I’m pleased to announce that we have a fantastic lineup of guest bloggers on deck to fill in the gaps while I’m away. We’ve got a diverse cross section of individuals throughout the field and each one is tackling a heavy-duty topic, no puff pieces here…

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Acoustician Chris Blair is talking to himself; no, wait, he’s talking to me,
  • Professor Mark Clague engages in some heavy thinking,
  • AFM negotiator Nathan Kahn has something you need to know about the negotiations,
  • Alabama Symphony executive director Curt Long is back to set us straight about “the model,” and
  • Symphonic Voyages president Eric Stassen will examine self inflicted bias within the business.

Not bad, eh? I’m not going to share the publication list, you’re just going to have to come back each day and see for yourself!

Lastly, the industrial spies have been hard at work and a downloadable version of the eyes-only Venture product info and FAQ document used in last week’s Springfield pre-release demo got posted on Venture’s website.

There’s quite a bit more detail beyond what’s been published here in the development series so get it before it disappears and while you’re there, sign up for the 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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