Join Me Today On Twitter For Audience Relations

I’ll be taking part in a Twitter chat today about Orchestra Management and Audience Relations; especially during difficult periods such as contentious labor disputes. The Twitter chats are the brainchild of Shoshana Fanizza, from Audience Development Specialists, and feature a variety of specialists throughout the field to talk about specific topics related to…wait for it…audience development.


I’ll be chatting about Orchestra Management and how it affects audience relations, especially during the negotiation season. How can we make sure our audience relations are positive experiences even in challenging times.


Twitter: #auddev


Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Noon ET on Twitter


Drop by Twitter or use your preferred Twitter client to follow along, ask questions, and more.

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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