Get Back On The Inside With The Updated Orchestra Financial Reports

Since it was launched in 2009, the Orchestra Financial Reports page has consistently been one of the most popular destinations at Adaptistration. It’s simple in implementation in that it provides a direct link to each respective orchestra’s page where users can find a wealth of financial transparency documentation. Everything went humming along until several months ago when GuideStar started updating its permalink structure.

Financial Reports

Since then a growing list of links started going bad but the good news is they’ve all been updated. Other improvements include pruning out groups that ceased operations over the last year and providing a form to easily report dead links right from the orchestra list.

[ilink url=””]Check out the revised list.[/ilink]

On a related note, the 2012 Orchestra Compensation Reports may have big change in store. I can’t say more than that at this point, and I apologize in advance for the tease but in one form or another, 2012 will be different than previous years.

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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