It’s The Home Stretch

Today is the final day to become an Orchestra 990 Database Project’s Kickstarter campaign backer. The ability to make a pledge shuts down at 11:59 PM CDT and over the past few days, a few frequently asked questions have been coming in via email and social media so it makes sense to take a moment and cover them here during the final day of giving.

Q: What Happens To My Pledge If The Goal Is Not Met?
A: If the project does not reach its funding goal, your credit card will not be charged. Consequently, you as the backer receive complete protection and absorb zero risk over fears of donating to an underfunded project.

Q: Can I pay my pledge with a check?
A: Sorry, but only credit card payments are supported.

Q: Can I donate outside of Kickstarter?
A: Sorry, but all pledges (and subsequent charges if the fundraising goal is met) must go through Kickstarter. On a related note, Kickstarter uses amazon Payments as their payment gateway.

Any eleventh hour questions can be sent in directly here as well as Facebook or Twitter; I’ll be keeping an eye on all three throughout the day.

Thank you again to all of the current backers and I’m looking forward to seeing what develops throughout the day!

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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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