Three Tips And A Clue

It’s time to clear out a few pet peeve demons by channeling the energy into constructive efforts. To that end, I published an article At ArtsHacker today that covers three common design and content mistakes and how to fix them. Care to guess what the first one is all about?

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You do NOT want to hear Android Jules’ retort.

As promised via the initial tease from 12/30/16, here’s the latest clue to the new Inside The Arts author coming in February. This is the “About The Blog” copy that was recently wrapped up and I think it is one of the most elegant, inspiring descriptive bits of copy about a culture blog I’ve seen in years.

New musical discoveries. Deeper understandings of the classical music industry. The quest for excellence as a performer. I delight in the pursuit of all these endeavors, and I want to share my experiences with you. As an extrovert, I also take tremendous joy in interacting with others. I hope my writing inspires you to express your thoughts, your reactions, or even ask questions.

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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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