Off To Milwaukee And The 2016 @ArtsMidwest Conference

I’m en route today to Milwaukee for the 2016 Arts Midwest conference (@ArtsMidwest) where I’ll be taking part in the Click. Click. Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills pre-conference session on Tuesday, 9/13/2016. Joining me on the panel are two colleagues I am always thrilled to work with: Ceci Dadisman and Marc van Bree.

The session has already generated a great deal of interest and they are allowing attendees to sign up through today or until all of the spots are filled.

ArtsMidwest 2016 ClickClickdone

If you’re attending the conference please be in touch to say hello, talk shop, or schedule a time to chat about The Venture Platform or Schedule Fusion. For any group interested in becoming a Venture user, be sure to ask about a special incentive just for those attending the @ArtsMidwest conference.

I’ll be in Milwaukee through the evening of Wednesday, 9/14/2016 and you can connect with me via any of the following:

  • Text: 708.990.0408 (texting is better than calling as the conferences are usually pretty loud and cell reception can be spotty)
  • Email:
  • Twitter: @VentureTweets or @Adaptistration

One advantage of having the entire panel serve as authors at ArtsHacker is even if you’re not able to attend, you can still benefit from what we’re preparing thanks to a special series of Google Analytics oriented articles we’ve been publishing over the past week. It won’t be nearly the same as being at the session in person but we do everything we can to share the knowledge!

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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