Playing It Cool

IAdaptistration People 144n the wake of yesterday’s post about orchestras with expired agreements, we’re going to play it cool today while we wait for a few of those groups to show up for their first regularly scheduled service today. Ideally, there won’t be any bad news to report but since there is a chance for something to go kaboom, we’re going to keep this space available in case we need a mid-day update.

Stay tuned…

On a related note, we aren’t the only ones noticing that crunch time is approaching;  The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein authored an article in the 9/14/2015 edition pointing out the Chicago Symphony’s impending eleventh hour.

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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