Resource Thursday

Shortly after his announcement to switch things up, Thomas Cott published an absolutely fantastic resource list and if you haven’t seen it yet, then you’re missing out.

Adaptistration People 043You can read the online version or for the sake of simplicity, I’ve pasted the full list below. But Cott’s list got me thinking about just how long it has been since I took a good look at Adaptistration’s blog roll and a quick scan tells me it is in need of updating.

Fortunately, Cott’s list will be a good place to begin but just in case you find something missing from either resource, there’s a special form you can use to submit an outlet, just look for the “submit your outlet” toggle.



  1. ARTNews
  2. Arts Desk
  3. Arts Journal
  4. Arts & Letters Daily
  5. Arts Management Network
  6. Arts Professional
  7. Arts Research Monitor
  8. Associated Grant Makers
  9. Australian Stage
  10. Broadway Briefing (email only)
  11. Broadway Buzz
  12. Broadway Stars
  13. Grantmakers in the Arts – News
  14. Inside The Arts
  15. Musical America – News
  16. Newser – Entertainment
  17. Opera America – headlines
  18. Talk Entertainment
  19. TalkinBroadway – All That Chat
  20. Walker Art Center – Arts News from Elsewhere


  1. American Theatre – featured news
  2. American Theatre – contents of latest issue
  3. The Art Newspaper
  4. Back Stage
  5. BBC News [UK] – Entertainment
  6. Billboard
  7. Bloomberg News – Culture
  8. The Boston Globe – Theater & Arts
  9. Broadway World
  10. The Chicago Tribune – Entertainment
  11. The Christian Science Monitor
  12. The Chronicle of Philanthropy
  13. Crains New York Business
  14. The Daily Beast
  15. The Daily Telegraph [UK] – Arts
  16. Gigaom
  17. The Guardian [UK] – Arts
  18. The Huffington Post – Arts
  19. The Huffington Post – Entertainment
  20. The Independent – Theatre
  21. Los Angeles Times – Arts News & Reviews
  22. Marketplace (American Public Radio)
  23. Mashable
  24. Medium
  25. Miller-McCune Culture News
  26. The Moscow Times – Arts & Ideas
  27. New York magazine – Arts section
  28. New York Daily News – Entertainment
  29. The New York Observer – Culture
  30. New York Post – Michael Riedel theater column
  31. The New York Times – arts section
  32. The New Yorker – Culture section
  33. The New Yorker – Culture blog
  34. The Next Web
  35. NPR Arts & Culture
  36. The Observer [UK] – Review
  37. Opera America magazine
  38. The Paris Review
  39. Playbill
  40. Playbill Arts
  41. Reuters – Arts
  42. Salon – Arts
  43. Slate Magazine
  44. The Stage
  45. Stage Directions magazine
  46. The Stranger (Seattle alt newspaper)
  47. Symphony Magazine (League of American Orchestras)
  48. TheaterMania
  49. Time magazine – Entertainment
  50. Time Out – music, arts & culture
  51. Variety – Legit section
  52. The Village Voice (NYC alt newspaper)
  53. The Wall Street Journal – arts
  54. The Washington Post – arts


  1. Adaptistration
  2. AFP Blog
  3. Americans for the Arts Blog
  4. Analysis from TRG Arts
  5. The AndyGram
  6. Art Threat
  7. The Artful Manager – ArtsJournal blog
  8. ArtsBeat – New York Times Blog
  9. ArtsFwd
  10. ArtsMarketing blog
  11. Audience Development Specialists Blog
  12. The Awl – Be less stupid
  13. Barry’s Blog – WESTAF
  14. Beth’s Blog (How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media)
  15. BigThink
  16. Bitter Lemons
  17. Blouin Artinfo – Theater
  18. Brand in your Hand
  19. Butts In The Seats – Inside The Arts
  20. Capacity Interactive blog
  21. Care2 blog
  22. The Clyde Fitch Report
  23. Rebecca Coleman blog
  24. Company Town – Los Angeles Times blog
  25. The Craptacular
  26. Createquity
  27. Creative Infrastructure
  28. Culture Monster – Los Angeles Times
  29. Culture Professionals Network – The Guardian
  30. Culture Scout blog
  31. Culturebot
  32. CultureGrrl – ArtsJournal blog
  33. Culturist blog – WNYC
  34. Deadline – Jeremy Gerard
  35. Digital Stats
  36. Economists Talk Art
  37. Extra Criticum
  38. Field Notes
  39. Flavorwire
  40. Fluxx blog
  41. Fractured Atlas blog
  42. Frank Rizzo blog
  43. From The Green Room (Dance-USA’s e-Journal)
  44. Future of Storytelling | Blog
  45. Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation » Arts
  46. Good – culture blog
  47. The Grio – African American News and Opinion
  48. The Guardian Theatre blog
  49. The Guardian Dance blog
  50. Howard Sherman blog
  51. HowlRound blog
  52. HowlRound journal
  53. Hyperallergic
  54. Iconowatch
  55. Inside Philanthropy – Theater
  56. Inside Philanthropy – Dance
  57. Inside Philanthropy – Music
  58. Inside Philanthropy – Arts Ed & Community
  59. IP Legal Freebies Blog
  60. Jumper (Diane Ragsdale) – ArtsJournal blog
  61. Knight Arts blog
  62. Know Your Own Bone
  63. La Piana Consulting blog
  64. Lies Like Truth – ArtsJournal blog
  65. MinnesotaPlaylist e-zine
  66. Mental Floss e-zine
  67. The Mission Paradox Blog
  68. Museum 2.0
  69. Musical America blogs
  70. NEA Art Works blog
  71. New Music Box
  72. Nonprofit Hub
  73. Nonprofit Law Blog
  74. Non-Profit Marketing Blog
  75. The Nonprofit Quarterly
  76. Nonprofit Tech for Good
  77. The Nonprofit Times
  78. NTEN Connect blog
  79. Open Culture blog
  80. Orchestra Management blog
  81. Oregon ArtsWatch
  82. Parabasis
  83. Parterre Box
  84. Philanthropy 2173
  85. PostClassic – ArtsJournal blog
  86. The Producer’s Perspective
  87. PSFK – Inspiring Creative Business
  88. Real Clear Arts – ArtsJournal blog
  89. Rhizome
  90. Selling Out
  91. Sequenza21
  92. Seth’s Blog
  93. Shubert Ticket Notes
  94. Situation Interactive blog
  95. Slipped Disc
  96. Speakeasy blog – The Wall Street Journal
  97. TCG Circle
  98. TDF – Theatre Development Fund
  99. Technology in the Arts
  100. Theatre Marketing Insights
  101. Theaterwords
  102. ThinkProgress
  103. Think with Google
  104. Thinking Practice
  105. TicketNews
  106. Ticketing Today
  107. Tools for Culture
  108. UK Arts Marketing Association blog
  109. The Wicked Stage
  110. WQXR Operavore blog

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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