Adaptistration’s Most Popular Content Is…

Well this is a surprise. It’s been awhile since I went digging through metrics data stretching back though the time Adaptistration started using Google Analytics (late 2008), but some recent data mining uncovered that within the last year, a new post has risen to the number one spot for most visited content: Orchestra Financial Reports.

Adaptistration People 151Although it has been in the top ten ever since it was published in 2009, it leap-frogged to the top spot around the beginning of 2015 and has remained there ever since.

From an optimistic perspective, I’d like to believe the uptick is due to increased interest in transparency along with higher levels of motivation for meaningful stakeholder engagement, but regardless the reason, this is a good thing.

For those unaware, the Orchestra Financial Reports exist to promote institutional transparency by providing a convenient list of direct links to each orchestra’s financial reports page at, a website that collects these documents to promote nonprofit transparency and to provide a central repository of nonprofit information that donors could use to guide their giving decisions.

The layout is very user friendly and there’s even a form you can use to report any dead links (GuideStar will change their permalink structure from time to time). If the content is new to you, definitely drop by and have a look and if you’re already well acquainted, then take a moment to share it with colleagues and friends via your social media platform(s) of choice.

Visit the Orchestra Financial Reports Page


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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2 thoughts on “Adaptistration’s Most Popular Content Is…”

  1. Drew,
    What was the previous winner? I would’ve expected the reports would be the top visited, just as a quick reference resource (not that the rest of your writing isn’t worth reading, but not many posts need to be re-read)

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