What's Working and Must Work Presentation Resources

Today marks my presentation during the What’s Working and Must Work session from the 2012 Orchestra Summit and odds are, quite a few of today’s visitors are looking for the resource content being referenced in the presentation. So without further adieu, here’s everything you need:

Read the article which serves as the basis for the presentation.

Download a copy of the presentation in PPT format.

I’m hoping the moderator will take some questions from those following on Twitter so if there’s anything you’d like to ask, you can do so via the #orchsummit2012.

The session begins at 10:50am ET and runs through 12:00noon ET and includes presentations from Jennifer Barlament (Kalamazoo Symphony); Jay Blumenthal (AFM Symphonic Services Director); Charles Burke , Shelley Heron and Judy Doyle (Detroit Symphony Representatives); and Nan Keeton (San Francisco Symphony). The session is moderated by Lester Monts.

And don’t forget to drop by the official Orchestra Summit blog at http://www.insidethearts.com/orchestrasummit/

Lastly, to help dispel the myth that I blog for a living (seriously, how many culture bloggers can make a living at it?), don’t forget that my mild mannered day job is working as an arts consultant and arts technology provider.

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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