What A Treat To Be Featured At WPCandy

It’s always nice to get recognized for being interesting and unique and to that end, it’s an enormous honor to get singled out for those very reasons by WPCandy; one of the go-to WordPress communities, in their Behind the Site series. Granted, unless you regularly dip your toes into the world of binary code in all of its open source goodness, you’re probably wondering what the heck all of this means.

Simply put, WPCandy is to the open source WordPress community what Gramophone is to classical music audiophiles or The Strad is to string aficionados. So to have WPCandy feature Adaptistration not for its content, but for user interface (UI), user experience (UX), and what’s under the hood is enormously satisfying on a deeply geek-centric level.

And if everything that makes Adaptistration what it is (which is still an entirely unpaid outlet I work on in my spare time, mind you) can draw the attention of folks like WPCandy, imagine what something like The Venture Platform (a project I focused a great deal of my professional time and effort on developing) can do for arts groups.

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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