Get To Know The ArtsHackers

It was a weekend of platform updates at ArtsHacker.com and one area that benefitted from a major makeover are the contributor profiles. You can now click through to either individual bio or article archive pages for each author right from the main contributor page.

get to know the arts hackers

There’s also an updated Prospective Contributor FAQ that includes expanded content covering some of the latest round of questions coming in as well as an online contributor application form; so if you think you’ve got what it takes to be an ArtsHacker, the application is the first step in your journey!

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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