Link Love Thursday

Since yesterday was the penultimate moving related time-suck day this month, there was only enough time to compose a quick link love post. To that end, these are some of the articles that have recently caught my attention:


  • Shoshana Fanizza posted the second installment in her giving program (which reminds me that I need to do the same by the end of the month).
  • Joe Patti has some good thoughts about arts in the schools (which itself is an offshoot of a terrific series on the topic from Jon Silpayamanant).
  • Lisa Hirsch digs into why she no longer belongs to the Music Critics Association of North America. It’s a great post that will get you thinking about the current state of music criticism.
  • Holly Mulcahy posted the latest in her ongoing Concertmaster Connections series that “shares some of the places [she] finds interesting while in Chattanooga and how they might relate to the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and classical music in general.

What have you been reading as of late that really got you thinking?

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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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