ArtsHacker Turns One!

The only thing more fulfilling than successfully filling a demand is doing it alongside a group of enormously talented colleagues and friends. To that end, yesterday was ArtsHacker’s first anniversary and ever since the inaugural post on December 7, 2015 the site has been an unmitigated hit with arts managers. In addition to that segment, the site has been attracting a healthy percentage of entrepreneurs among commercial based marketing, data analysis, and tech sector service provider fields.

In order to help celebrate, we took our own advice and put together a special Year In Review page that chronicles ArtsHacker’s highlights, provides all sorts of stats, and takes a look back at risk, reward, and growth.

Arts Hacker Year in Review 2015

Visit The Year-In-Review Page

And now that we have a solid year of content in place, I strongly recommend browsing what’s available via the following resources:

Useful Links

ArtsHacker Anniversary

Direct Links To Contributor Archive Pages

And on a personal note, and as ArtsHacker’s Editor-in-Chief, I want to extend an enormous amount of gratitude to all of ArtsHacker’s contributors. They offer their expertise and time toward making the field a better place entirely on their own volition. ArtsHacker is not designed to be a revenue generating endeavor and instead, focuses on filling a void.

Consequently, I would like to point out that many of ArtsHacker’s contributors are available to help you or your organization via an independent service provider agreement. You to reach out to each contributor via the contact links available at their respective author profile.

In the end, ArtsHacker is only worth the value assigned by all of its engaged and passionate readers; so please accept my heartfelt thank you for not only visiting, but finding the content and ideas valuable enough to share with colleagues and friends.

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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