Time To Man Up

We’re going to continue taking a cue from public radio with another variation on their more successful pledge drive themes, as defined by June Thomas’ excellent 2009 article in Slate Magazine on the topic of public radio pledge drives, to help promote the Orchestra 990 Database Project’s Kickstarter campaign.

Today’s Appeal Is About Gallantry: Time To Man Up

ADAPTISTRATION-GUY-089If the recent round of post economic downturn labor disputes have taught us anything, it is that most stakeholders don’t know nearly as much about orchestras as they thought. With all the cuts in traditional arts coverage, supporters are beset by partisan talking points; they get pummeled by spin coming from all directions, all of which makes it next to impossible to make informed decisions.

As a result, the easiest solutions are to simply buy into whichever talking points sound good without really knowing better or worse, simply stop caring.

These concerned souls need better options and in order to get them, they need your help; that’s right, your help.

More to the point, they need you to support the Orchestra 990 Database Project by backing its Kickstarter campaign.

Currently, nothing like this level of unfiltered, accessible fiscal transparency and accountability exists in the field but it will take your support to make the extensive programming and conversion process possible. Becoming a backer is quick and easy plus you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that your support will help usher in the start of a new age of patron influence and renewed stakeholder investment.

Go to the Kickstarter page to read up on the project details; learn about what it will accomplish, what it will deliver, where the money goes, how it will be cared for, why it will be free for all users, and more. And if words aren’t your thing, there’s also this cool video.

You can become a backer with a pledge as small as $1.00 and backer rewards begin at the $5.00 pledge level. So what are you waiting for, it’s time to man up and make a pledge. When you’re done, you can share it on Facebook and Twitter so all of your friends will be reminded that you’re the kind of person who can step up to a challenge.

Man Up And Become A Backer

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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