What Would You Put In A Letter To Santa?

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Dear Santa,

You’re a busy guy so we’ll keep this tight: #alliwantforchristmas.

As a consultant…

  • A digital assistant that doesn’t make me want to punch Siri, I mean her, I mean IT in the virtual face.
  • A reliable and easy way to hook a vintage rotary phone up to Comcast VoIP service along with a Win8/Win10 app for Comcast Connect.

As a culture blogger…

  • An entire year free of writing about labor disputes due to lack of subject material. Scratch that, let’s aim lower and start with world peace.

As a technology provider…

  • One hour of every performing art organization’s time to explain via webcast how to properly craft and evaluate technology based RFPs so you can get a deliverable you both actually need and deserve.
  • Rigid CRM coding standards so nonprofits can move from one provider to the next without the need for spending a quarter of their annual marketing budget, hiring dedicated migration specialists, or taking four months to map proprietary data fields and create new workflows.

As an entrepreneur…

  • Genuine interest from venture capitalists in opportunities geared toward the nonprofit performing arts sector.


What about you, what are some of the highlights on your #alliwantforchristmas letter to Santa?

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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