Heading To Nepal

From December 13 – 23 I’ll be in Kathmandu, Nepal in conjunction with my work as an executive board member of the HEARTbeats Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which strives to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from, the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict. As the pilot country for this program, our team of education experts, artists, and musicians will spend several days working with children in Bhaktapur and Baglung…

Bhaktapur, Nepal

I have a few guest bloggers lined up for the time while I’m away but I’ll also be blogging from Nepal about our efforts every day at the expedition’s blog so you can be a part of the trip. The bulk of our time will be in Bhaktapur, which is an ancient town in the east corner of Kathmandu Valley, working with children from the Unatti Foundation.

In addition to the music therapist and related musician experts, which include cellist Lynn Harrell, we are bringing along a film crew to document the entire process so I’m hoping to get some footage to post at the trip’s blog alongside photos.

So make sure you continue stopping by Adaptistration every day to check out what’s in store from the guest authors and add the HEARTbeats Foundation Nepal blog to your RSS reader for the next few weeks, you’ll be glad you did!

WAIT!!! What About All The Big News Going On Right Now?!?

I’ll be posting links to breaking news from all of the recent hot spots via Adaptistration’s Twitter account, so if you don’t already follow, this is a good reason to start.

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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