Labor Disputes, Arts & Voting, Plus Lists

Last Sunday’s program was a great deal of fun; as always, thanks to David, Nate, Sam, and Patrick for having me on. The program covered a number of topics, with the lions’ share on the show’s primary theme of the recent rash of labor disputes. But I was struck by how much interest there was among the hosts on the topic of voting and the arts.

They were especially interested in last week’s poll designed to provide reader’s a way to vote on how important a candidate’s position on arts and arts education funding is in their voting decision. I was genuinely surprised at how much interest the post generated and was very pleased to see the level of conversation going on in the comments section.

That part of the show picks up around the 33:00 mark so you can skip ahead or take your time and enjoy the entire program. Either way, be sure to drop by the site for program notes as well as an audio track of the show.

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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