It Is Not Too Late For Redemption

Although it isn’t unusual for arts orgs to launch holiday sales campaigns promoting the benefits of giving tickets as holiday gifts, how often do we take our own advice? This question entered the back of my mind a few weeks ago and since then, I’ve been asking friends and colleagues among the ranks of musicians, managers, and board members if they purchase orchestra tickets (or gift certificates) as holiday gifts. Based on that bit of interaction, it turns out that most of us don’t take our own advice and overlook tickets as gift options.

ADAPTISTRATION-GUY-101To be fair, I’m just as guilty as most and although it has been one of my gift giving options in previous years, it didn’t happen this time around. Simply put, there’s no good reason and I feel bad about it.

The flood of e-blasts and mailers promoting tickets flew right on by without the slightest impact but as someone involved in the field, it should be a go-to gift idea; especially since I genuinely believe in their value as ethical and responsible presents.

As such, your procrastination has paid off and you can do yourself a favor by reinforcing the reason you’re (probably) in the business to begin with by filling your last minute gift giving needs with tickets to a live performance.

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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