New And Improved Orchestra Compensation Resources

Now that the 2015 Orchestra Compensation Reports are all wrapped up, it was time to update the compensation reports index page, which is where you can find direct links to articles in the annual series stretching back to 2005, that’s eleven years of articles!

The new compensation reports index page features a graphic interface that works even better than before on mobile devices. You can also find an updated Financial Reports index page which has a mobile friendly update along with an updated DOA link form to report any URLs that no longer connect directly to the respective orchestra’s 990 at

In the end, getting patrons interested in an orchestra’s inner workings and increasing transparency have always been among the goals for both the compensation and financial reports. As such, I hope these updated resource pages will make the task of exploration easier and more engaging.

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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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