Talking About Programming At Facebook

One area where social media has blogs beat is facilitating discussion; case in point, I posted a question to friends and colleagues yesterday via Facebook soliciting insight on an artistic programming related question and the replies that came back were as thoughtful as they were thought provoking.

FacebookThe discussion thread is fascinating thanks to the diversity of perspectives; artists, managers, listeners, conductors, etc. and it never ceases to amaze me how deep passions run on matters related to programming.

There are enough replies that it simply isn’t practical to obtain everyone’s permission to republish here so instead, I’m going to invite you to drop by the thread and enjoy it there firsthand. You do need a Facebook account to participate but it is set to public consumption so you should be able to see most, if not all, of the conversation.

If you’re wondering exactly what the topic is about, you’ll have to stop by the discussion thread to find out; after all, who doesn’t like a surprise!

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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