“Did You Know We Were Paying The Musicians?”

Updates are a good thing. So are interns. Put them together and you get a brand new layout for Who’s Minding The Score?. The funniest satire-fortified carton about orchestra life to grace the intertubes. The new design sports lazy loading which means you can get through each cartoon in the series without reloading a single page (it is also the inspiration for Netflix’s autoplay feature when watching series programs and subsequently, the phenomenon known as binge-watching). All you have to do is keep scrolling/swiping down and the next cartoons automatically load.

But if you still want to click-through to the high resolution copies (and really, who wouldn’t want to see the storyboard details in the greatest plan for outreach since radio was invented), you can do exactly that.

For now, we have the first two years up and they leave off right at one of the series’ most nail-biting cliff hangers; you know, the one where the former board chair everyone was thought was left for dead in the Mexican desert shows up at the opening gala holding the former assistant conductor hostage. Really. It happens. And it’s even more awesome than you can imagine.

We’ll post the resolution and the remaining two years soon.

Get hooked on Paul Dixon’s brilliant series all over again…

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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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