Nana Wants To Attend An Orchestra Concert With You

I am a bid writing mad man this week so today’s post is some link love for some articles that have caught my attention over the past few weeks and are worth a read.


  • Stuff To Ponder: Is Too Much Money Being Left On The Table? Joe Patti examines dynamic pricing via some recent resources and a big fail at JCPenney.
  • Project Management In The Cloud Ceci Dadisman examines a handful of project management resources to make life easier for nonprofit performing arts groups. She shares some love for two providers I use: Basecamp (a provider we examined back in February) and DropBox.
  • Who The Hell Are You Calling Old?! Holly Mulcahy wonders if much of the angst endured by arts organizations isn’t self inflicted. So how about launching a multi-gen orchestra date night? Because it will make nanna happy, that’s why!
  • Before China’s Transition, a Wave of Nationalism I can see where the title of Andrew Jacob’s New York Times article isn’t a pull for the orchestra field but scroll down to the bit about the Philadelphia Orchestra being “dismayed to find many of its Chinese corporate sponsors inexplicably backing out at the last minute” vis-a-vis its China residency.
  • Michael Kaiser And The Cardinal Sin Of Consultancy Amy Wratchford says what everyone else seems to be thinking about the Huffington Post blog from Michael Kaiser where he relayed sensitive client details about a current consulting project.
  • Ready to work with someone who cares? This isn’t really a post so much as a plug to point out that there have been a number of new job openings posted at Adaptistration Jobs since last week; five full time and two part time.

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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