ArtsHacker Is Coming

Last month, I tossed out the idea of a new website designed to function like an arts manager version of and posted a form to solicit feedback from arts managers out there interested in becoming contributors. The. Response. Was. Amazing.

In short, ArtsHacker is so happening and we should have something up and running this fall!


We’ve got a veritable boat load of folks lined up as contributors you’ll recognize alongside some extraordinarily talented newcomers, all of which with mad skill sets to share. Having said that, it’s not too late to declare your interest and I’m especially keen to hear from pros within the ops, stage crew, production, and box office departments.

To that end, go ahead and complete the following form if you think you’ve got the insight, know-how, and enthusiasm to be a contributing ninja, complete the following form so we can see if there’s a solid pool of plank-owner contributors with the necessary wealth of knowledge to not only generate great content but aggregate it from the numerous outlets of online knowledge goodness.

And to be crystal clear here, no one cares about your age; sure, experience is great but getting shit done the right way is a cross-generational task. In a nutshell, everyone learns from everyone so to that end, it doesn’t matter if you’re a freelancer, or gainfully employed 9 to 5’er, there are no silly outdated prerequisites like that here.

And in case you were wondering if this is any sort of pay gig all I can say is “Ha!” but in all seriousness, I can see this getting some real legs and support from Foundations or <gasp>commercial investors</gasp>; but until then, you’ll have to suffice with becoming a rock star among the cultural blogging community.

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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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