The Compensation Reports Are Coming

All things being equal, the 2012 Orchestra Compensation Reports are scheduled to launch on Monday, June 25, 2012 and there’s one very big change in store. I can’t tell you exactly what that is just yet other than to say that I’m hoping the changes will be something that can be adjusted retroactively.

dollar symbolRegular users have hopefully noticed that one of the new navigation menu funnels is dedicated exclusively to compensation and finance resources. As of now, it includes navigation shortcuts to the free and premium versions of the Annual Orchestra Compensation Reports as well as the recently updated Financial Reports but the plan to expand those shortcuts once traffic patterns are identified in user metrics beyond what is already known.

Speaking of user metrics, the compensation reports are among the most popular items here at Adaptistration. In fact, from January 1, 2012 through June 11, 2012 the single most popular piece of content is the 2011 compensation report for Music Directors followed closely by the financial reports page.

But the best analysis doesn’t replace time tested feedback so take a moment to leave a comment or send an email with your observations on what might make for useful compensation and finance related resources. Is there something you regularly look for but have trouble finding? Is there something that doesn’t exist but would be handy to have?

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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