Shameless Inside The Arts Promotion

For those not already in the know, I started Inside The Arts nearly five years ago as a blogging exchange that brought together existing culture blogs as well as introduced some new voices to the mix. Since then, each blog has taken off in its own way and I wanted to take a quick moment today to plug the entire exchange and point out the updated design for several of the blogs as well as the main Inside The Arts (ITA) homepage.

ADAPTISTRATION-GUY-050Some highlights:

  • Each of the blogs features an updated flat design.
  • Several are sporting new uniform icon based logos.
  • All of the blogs have a top navigation item that contains quicklinks to each of the ITA blogging outlets.
  • The ITA homepage features new header graphic along with updated author headers and a weekly email summary that provides an overview of all recent posts from ITA authors.

I’m enormously proud of what each author has accomplished and if you haven’t discovered their unique voices yet, then it is high time you got up to speed. Swing by the ITA homepage and take a look at what each author has to offer.

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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