Time For Updates

Thanks to some recent upgrades in the publishing framework that powers most of my web development work, there are a number of updated pages at Adaptistration and OrchestraConsulting.com. One of the biggest improvements is the ease of creating full width content sections, which you can see in action at the updated Blog Policy & Code Of Conduct page. You can also find updated “About” content for the blog and author overview pages along with pretty much every page at OrchestraConsulting.com.

There’s also a brand new one-page checkout function I’m testing out for the Keep Adaptistration Caffeinated fund and so far so good. It’s something that my Venture Platform users have been using and it works like a dream there and so far, it seems to be the same story here, albeit it using a PayPal standard account instead of a dedicated payment gateway.

As an aside, and speaking of updates, regular readers might notice the sharp uptick in the number of my photos throughout Adaptistration’s “About” content. The new photos are thanks to Chicago photographer Todd Rosenberg‘s amazing eye and Kasha Rodig‘s extraordinary hair and makeup skills. Working with such talented professionals is worth each and every penny.

In addition to new layouts and graphics, static content at both sites has been updated to include a wealth of new projects and clients along with updated profile info. Ideally, the content between sites is now up to date and synced.

2015 updates

And as a head’s up, tomorrow’s post will be the latest in the Substitute Parity series; we’ll be examining the recently ratified Minnesota Orchestra collective bargaining agreement and its terms related to substitute compensation.

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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