Philharmonic Locked Out, Union Prez: “WTF?!”

No, there’s no actual lockout, today’s headline click-bait references one of the many gags in the closing story arc from Who’s Minding The Score?, which now has the final two years available in the new binge friendly format.

There’s a good union related mini-arc that includes the WTF toon along with several others that result in someone receiving medical treatment for a busted-up arm.

If that weren’t enough, you’ll also find story arcs centered on a capital project, a music director that temporarily speaks in Japanese after getting shot in the head (don’t worry, he’s fine), and everyone’s favorite subject: bankruptcy. Good times.

So until @Netflix decides to turn this into a series (#HintidyHintHint), go ahead and get hooked on Paul Dixon’s brilliant cartoon all over again…


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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