Final Clue For Inside The Arts’ New Author

One week from today on Monday, 2/1/2016, the newest blog at Inside The Arts goes live! As the first new blog since 2011, it’s exciting to get caught up in newness of everything from finalizing the blog topic to the design so the author and I wanted to share a bit more about what’s in store via today’s final clue.

Who's your audience?

You already know the new author is from the Washington D.C. area and I can confirm that he will bring a new dynamic to the existing voices by way of his demographic. Currently, all of the Inside The Arts authors hail from Gen-X or Baby Boomer generations so it was clearly high time to introducing a Millennial voice into the mix.

According to the author, the blog title was inspired by the phrase All Joy Seeks Eternity, which is taken from the last line of the Nietzsche poem used in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Movement 4.

“The words have had a profound impact on me for years now,” says the new author. ” ‘Deep is the world, and deep are its woes. But even deeper yet is joy, which seeks eternity.’ I really want this to be the spirit of this blog: exposing inequalities and unpleasantness in classical music, but doing it in a way that contributes to the solutions to these problems. Or to look at it from another, equally important, point of view: shining the spotlight on things in classical music that are already positive and encouraging these joys to continue seeking their eternity.”

This can cover a lot of ground and if you’re anything like me, you’re excited to see what he has to say.

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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