Regular readers know that along with the beginning of the season comes the Orchestra Website Reviews where more than 80 professional orchestras in the United States and Canada are examined and ranked by how well their respective websites present their concert schedule, sell tickets, facilitate donations, provide organizational information, utilize dynamic content, and on overall content and functionality. But Orchestra Crisis 2012/13 has thrown a particularly large wrench into the works.
In short, the website reviews are a substantive undertaking; in addition to occupying a week’s worth of publication space, they consume several additional weeks of time to update grading criteria, evaluate and compile review data, survey included organizations, compose the publications, etc.
On top of that regular work schedule, this year’s reviews anticipated additional time resources in that it was going to be the first performed entirely by independent evaluators using the traditional grading criteria.
However, early on in the season, it became clear that labor disputes were going to be numerous and contentious enough that removing an entire week of publication space and diverting time resources away from properly researching and examining events that change day to day (and at times hour to hour) would critically shortchange those efforts.
In light of the fact that both the website reviews and in-depth coverage of labor disputes have been cornerstones of Adaptistration’s contribution to culture blogging, a decision was needed.
And since asking orchestras to postpone their disputes until after the reviews were complete is not a practical option (although it’s lovely to think it would actually be that simple), the clear decision is to either delay the reviews until later in the year or postpone them until next season.
Here’s Where I Need Your Insight
In order to select a suitable course of action, I want to solicit reader feedback so we can make decisions that will ultimately provide the most value. To that end, I would be grateful if readers, especially those in orchestra management, would take a moment to complete the following brief poll.