A Week Of Living Dangerously

When it rains it pours, but some problems are good great to have and that’s precisely where the next week (or so) is headed for my intrepid consulting team. To that end, I’ll still be posting every day but some posts may be lighter than others and during those instances, I’m going to try to focus on some genuinely good news oriented topics.

Adaptistration People 061Today’s post is exactly that with an article from the always sharp Brian Wise at WQXR which highlights recent efforts at New York’s New Victory Theater that worked with a performing arts group to modify their event so as to allow young people with autism the opportunity to experience something that may otherwise be outside of their environment.

Recently, a friend a colleague with a young child recently diagnosed with autism published a genuinely touching account about his family and their experience so the timing of Wise’s post is especially apt and meaningful.

Wise’s article examines similar efforts from other arts groups, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and it serves as a reminder that everyone in this field, artists and administrators alike, have a obligation to help as many lives as possible to be touched by art and culture.

Read Arts Groups Offer ‘Sensory-Friendly’ Performances for People with Autism

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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