Sick Day

There’s a reason doctors tell you to get your rest. They aren’t kidding around and yes, a nice cup of tea and plenty of fluids really does help. So I’m taking a self-imposed sick day in order to prevent burnout; and for those unfamiliar with self-employed sick days, it just means you don’t work as much 😉 So in place of a regular post, I’m going to share some link love with my Inside The Arts blogging exchange colleagues; each one amazing in his or her own way.

Here are some of my recent favs:

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Some fascinating thoughts on giving vis-a-vis the presidental campaign from Ron Spiegelman[/ilink]

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Bill Eddins wonders about the goings on at the Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute.[/ilink]

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Minnesota is on Frank Almond’s mind too.[/ilink]

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Joe Patti shares some deep thinking on donating.[/ilink]

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Holly Mulcahy reminds us why all of this matters with some seriously grounded performer philosophy.[/ilink]

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Marty and Jack stay on top of comings and goings in the classical music broadcasting biz.[/ilink]

[ilink url=”” style=”note”]Brian Dickie’s post Chicago Opera Theater career is beginning to take shape (we miss you here in Chicago Brian!)[/ilink]

Dixon must be a genius. Seriously, the guy’s satirical wit is off the charts scary. The last few comics have set up an incredible story thread that parallel the turmoil which is plaguing some orchestras. I’ve seen the upcoming comics for the next several weeks (it’s good to be the editor) and all I can is I was floored. You don’t want to miss what’s going on. [ilink url=”” style=”note”]Check it out.[/ilink]

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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