Examining the Minnesota Orchestra Redline Agreement Part 3

This installment of our ongoing examination of the Minnesota Orchestra Redline Agreement (MORA) will change things up a bit; specifically, it is time for an infographic to help visualize what’s going on.

Following the first two articles, some readers wrote in to express that although they found such a detailed examination enormously useful, both posts required setting aside some time in order to adequately absorb and understand all of the content. Granted, there really isn’t any way to conduct a meaningful review in a few hundred words but I do appreciate adage that good things, when short, are twice as good.

As such, it seemed like an appropriate time to stretch the old graphic design legs and assemble an infographic that captures a collection of MORA’s key points; some of which we’ve covered while others are yet to come.

MORA infographic from adaptistration.com
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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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1 thought on “Examining the Minnesota Orchestra Redline Agreement Part 3”

  1. a note that at the expired contract’s level the MN Orch’s seniority pay was already the lowest of any major orchestra.

    I can’t find a single ICSOM orchestra that does not not have some type seniority pay; under this proposal, the complete elimination of seniority pay would make us the first in that dubious category.

    Norbert Nielubowski, Minnesota Orchestra (25th season)

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