Is Live!

Today marks the launch of, a site dedicated to providing practical tips, tricks, and pointers for getting things done as an arts manager.

It has been a real treat putting the site together and a genuine honor to work with all of the terrific contributors. As of now, we have an introductory article and the inaugural ArtsHack from Phil Paschke titled A Little Bird Told Me: Twitter Analytics.

Introducing ArtsHacker

Nickle Tour

We’ve got all sort of goodies built into the site, to that end, here is an overview of items you don’t want to miss…

Meet the ArtsHackers
Meet the Contributors: we’re nothing but empty calories without the terrific content generated by the ArtsHacker contributors so take a moment to learn who they are, their focus areas, and bios.
Subscriptions: You have two options for making sure you never miss an arts hack, sign up to receive per post email notices if you prefer to know the moment a new article goes live or subscribe to the weekly email summary, which goes out Friday morning and contains an overview of the week’s posts and comments.
Index: we make it easy to find specific products and/or services you’re curious about thanks to a handy index. Be sure to check in frequently as new items are added on a regular basis.
Category Navigation: if you’re on a desktop or laptop, you’ll notice a sticky navigation menu in the left hand column; think of it as your topic speedpass. If you’re using a tablet or Smartphone, just tap the toggle at the top of the screen to access the menu.
Advanced Search: if you want even more control over finding content (this will be especially handy as time marches on and the archives grow), the advanced search feature will let you filter your hunt by specific categories and tags (index items) as well as keywords.


How often are articles published?
Although it isn’t written in stone, we’re going to begin filling out the site for the first few weeks with at least one post per day.
What type of content can I expect?
We separate our posts into two types: original and aggregated content. Think of the latter like a curated offering that our contributors help connect to specific areas of arts management.
Can I become an ArtsHacker?
Perhaps. Complete the “I’m interested in becoming a contributor” form on the contact page (via the toggle) and be prepared to provide some writing samples.
How do I contact a contributor?
You can either use the general contact form and we’ll forward it to the appropriate ArtsHacker or you can use any of the info each respective contributor has listed in his/her bio.
Can I leave comments?
Absolutely, we encourage readers to interact with contributors and one another via comments as well as sending in requests for future hacks. For more information about our comment policy, please read our Terms of Use.
Your contributors are brilliant! Can I hire them?
Quite possibly. Many of ArtsHacker’s contributors are available to help you or your organization via an independent service provider agreement. ArtsHacker is not part of any service provider agreements you enter into with our contributors and there is no joint venture between any contributor and ArtsHacker.
ArtsHacker is not a re-supplier of services provided by service providers. Service providers are independent contractors and are not our employees, sub-contractors, partners or agents. We provide a way for you to reach out to each contributor but we do not provide any direct services.
Besides email subscriptions, how can I follow ArtsHacker?
We’ll do our best to post every new article at our social media profiles along with additional site news and special announcements.
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Who owns ArtsHacker?
ArtsHacker is founded and operated by Drew McManus LLC; Mr. McManus also serves as editor-in-chief. All content on this web site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons and images is the property of Drew McManus LLC and/or the article authors.

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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