The Orchestra 990 Database Project Is Live

It is official: the Orchestra 990 Database Project Kickstarter campaign is off and running! Between now and Friday, 3/28/2014 we need to generate $40,000 in pledges, it’s going to be crazy exciting and to help get things moving, get psyched up on the project video.

The Kickstarter page has all of the details related to project goals, specific information about what you’re funding, overfunding extras, and an expanded section about the depth of commitment toward the project’s goal of applying open data principles to help bring about a future of empowered fiscal transparency in the nonprofit performing arts community (spoiler: we’ll be forming a L3C to function as the entity under which all work and ongoing administration will be conducted).

Questions? No problem, there are loads of methods to submit queries and learn more and thank you in advance for posting them at the Kickstarter project page via these links:

But most important of all…


Help Spread The Message

The best way to meet the goal in the shortest amount of time is to have everyone pitch in and spread the word. To that end, you can use the Facebook or Twitter share buttons from the project’s Kickstarter page as well as embed the project video or widget via easy to use copy/paste code, like sharing a YouTube Video (visual aid).

Not only will you have my eternal gratitude but you’ll know that you’re contributing to a meaningful project that will help usher in one of the most valuable advancements in fiscal transparency since the IRS made 990s available in pdf format.

So what are you waiting for?

  1. Become a backer
  2. Spread the word


Psst…don’t forget about the backer rewards, some of which are very limited in number and since they are all first come, first serve you’ll want to jump on them ASAP.

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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