How To Look Like The Smartest Person In The Room When Talking About Colorado

In the wake of yesterday’s post about the Colorado Symphony musicians and the musicians’ union, a number of readers reached out with questions about the most prominent instance of orchestra musicians leaving the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), the Seattle Symphony Orchestra (SSO). In the spirit of knowledge is power combined with the general lack of familiarity with the SSO musicians’ union (the International Guild of Symphony, Opera, & Ballet Musicians; or, IGSOBM), it makes sense to point out a series of articles published in 2006 (and have been periodically updated) that will serve as an excellent starting point on your way to a more comprehensive understanding.

Adaptistration People 150The only thing to point out before you dive into these articles is since the time they were written, one item that has yet to be updated is that the Tucson Symphony musicians are no longer members of IGSOBM.

So if you want to look like the smartest person in the room when someone brings up the Colorado Symphony musicians trying to leave the AFM, you’ll need to be up on the facts behind Seattle because there’s a good chance someone is going to bring them up during the conversation. To that end, these articles are going to be one of the most efficient ways to bone up and lay down some serious knowledge.

 

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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