The National Arts Marketing Project Conference

I’m off to the National Arts Marketing Project Conference to take part in a number of conference activates, including the Your Website Is Ugly! session on Sunday, November 13 at 4:00pm, serving as a coach in the conference’s One-To-One Coaching sessions on Monday, November 14, and Hosting one of the conference’s Dine-Around events on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:30pm to facilitate a session titled Making sure your website doesn’t suck.

Two of the three available Coaching sessions are booked so move fast if you want to get the last remaining spot. If you can’t attend the conference, you can follow along with the Your Website Is Ugly! session on Twitter at #uglywebsites; and be sure to following along at @Adaptistration as well as #NAMP.

If you plan on attending the conference and want to talk tech, talk shop, or just say hello and have some fun, be sure to get in touch via email, text, or cell. And if your group is interested in connecting to learn more about what the Venture Platform can do for your organization, I’m offering up a conference special. Find out what the special is here.

Speaking of website issues, I have one final treat to wrap up the 2011 Orchestra Website Reviews: a photo gallery of all the orchestra’s homepages. They are listed alphabetically from Alabama through West Virginia.

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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