Time To Rebuild The Negotiation Process Timeline

One of the footnotes in yesterday’s article pointed to a reference post from 2004 that chronicled the historic timeline of orchestra musician self-representation. It provides a decade by decade overview beginning with the 1950s through the most recent decade at the time the article was written, the 2000s. Nonetheless, thanks to the not-so-subtle prodding from a long time reader who sent a cryptic text saying “What, are we stuck in The Matrix or did time continue past 2010?” it became clear that the timeline was ready for an update.

Adaptistration People 060Consequently, a reloaded version now available with an encapsulated 2000s decade and a new entry for the 2010s. Additional edits include an expanded section on the 1980s that correctly references the founding of International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians as well as introducing relevant content about development of the Regional Orchestra Players Association and Symphonic Services Division.

Keep in mind, even with the expanded content, the timeline is intended to be an overview and should not be seen as a comprehensive reference; nonetheless, it is an excellent resource that introduces a rich and layered topic that influences nearly every aspect of the field and the art.

Read The Negotiation Process: A Historical Timeline (Reloaded)

Related: read the entire Negotiation Process series.

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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