Compensation Report Update

Let me begin with an apology; yes, I mentioned that the 2013 Orchestra Compensation reports would be up this week and as it is, they are all done and ready to go. However, due to a number of conditions, it now makes more sense to publish them during the week I’ll be away for the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians (OCSM) Conference in Saskatoon, SK.

ADAPTISTRATION-GUY-033As such, the series will be published over the course of four day from Tuesday, August 13 through Friday, August 16.

Many thanks to all those who have been asking over the past week when the reports will go up, it is always gratifying to know that the blog is useful!

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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