Time For Updates

It’s been an update kind of weekend here throughout the Adaptistration Network; let’s take a look at what’s been going on.


Highlights from 2007 have been added to Adaptistration’s new timeline, which means we officially have the first half decade covered. Among the new items, one date in particular that stands out is October 15, 2007, the day the blog became independent! Read more about that event at the timeline page.

Adaptistration early 2008
Here’s how Adaptistration looked in early 2008, months after it launched as an independent culture blog.

Adaptistration Jobs

It’s been a busy few days with several new openings showing up over the past week. You’ll find listings for box office, development, operations, community, and education departments in orchestras, festivals, operas, youth orchestra, and even a commercial firm; there’s even an internship in public relations.

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Arts Hacker

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that starting tomorrow, you’ll find the first of a two-part series written by new Adjunct Contributor Marc van Bree. Along with regular ArtsHacker contributor Ceci Dadisman, Marc was part of the recent National Arts Marketing Project Conference session I organized on Google Analytics. His portion of the panel, tracking sales and marketing performance, was a big hit and as a result, he’s agreed to expand on those topics at ArtsHacker via a series of guest posts.

As such, be sure to mark your calendar for Marc’s initial post Wed, 11/18/15 and in the meantime, check out the newly revised contributor bios; they offer some new functionality that allows you to review each one without moving back and forth between pages.

Speaking of ArtsHacker, we’re less than a month away from its one-year anniversary. More on that soon…

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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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