He’s Making A List And Checking It Twice

This is the one and only head’s up reminding organizations included in the Annual Orchestra Website Review that the official review period starts soon. Organizations can brush up on precise evaluation criteria with a subscription to Adaptistration Premium and even though the review order has yet to be determined, that doesn’t mean it is too late to be included. But in order to have your orchestra take part in the evaluations, you’ll need to meet a few simple criteria…

Gain access to all the website review data with a subscription to Adaptistration Premium.

In order to determine if your orchestra qualifies to be included in the review, take a moment to answer four simple YES/NO questions (a list of organizations included in this year’s review is located at the end of the post):

  1. Organization: Is your ensemble organized as a full time a symphonic or chamber orchestra?
  2. Location: Is your organization located in the United States or Canada?
  3. Budget*: Is the amount in Part 1, Line 17 (Total Expenditures) from your 2007/08 IRS Form 990 $2.5 million or greater?
  4. Artistic Representation: Are your orchestra musicians represented by a collective bargaining agreement and a full member of a recognized** players conference?

If you answered NO to any of the above questions then your organization does not yet meet the minimum qualifications to be included in the Annual Orchestra Website Review. If you are unsure about how to answer any of the above questions or if you feel that your organization should be granted special dispensation, send me an email ASAP and we’ll see what can be done.

If you’re not already familiar with the Annual Orchestra Website Reviews, visit the review index page to learn more and access the past several years of data.

*This question is for US orchestras only
**Including, but not limited to, ICSOM, ROPA, IGSOBM.

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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2 thoughts on “He’s Making A List And Checking It Twice

  1. Hi Lee, thanks for asking. The short answer is “time.”

    With the current number of groups included in the review, the evaluation and content generation process demands in excess of 80 working hours and since this effort is entirely un-sponsored, I have to fit it in during my non-working hours (for those unaware, the blog is an unpaid labor of love).

    I’d love nothing more than to have the time to include a much larger selection as well as expand the reviews to opera organizations. But until a sponsorship opportunity comes along large enough to make that a reality, it will have to remain as an idea on the back-burner.

    However, if there is a sponsor willing to put $10,000+ into sponsoring the reviews, that would mean I could more than double the number of organizations included in the reviews.

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