Kudos To SoundNotion.tv

Recently, SoundNotion.tv (SN); the new music and music news podcast, tweeted they just wrapped up recording their 200th episode and since this seems to be a week of acknowledging milestones, I wanted to take a quick moment to recognize all of their work and how much value they contribute to culture blogging.

SNEver since Episode #1 just over four years ago, the SN crew routinely set a good example for challenging yet responsible observation and commentary about what have become increasingly sensitive topics for the field as a whole. If everyone in the field took as much interest in what happens as these guys, we’d be in a much better place.

So kudos to SN on reaching episode 200 and here’s hoping that’s just the first of many waypoints.

If SN is new to you, then you’ve been missing out. I highly recommend you set aside some time to explore everything they have to offer (including their blog B-Side).

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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