Some Good News On Efforts To Save Military Music

It’s time for another update on current efforts to help block a proposed funding amendment in the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill designed to gut military music programs. If you’ve been keeping up with what has been going on, you already know that the latest step in the process was to get the amendment removed from the Senate version of the bill (if this is new to you, start here to get up to speed).

Adaptistration People 008The good news is the US Senate has removed the entire amendment from their version of the bill via their Armed Services committee.

Now that this step has been successful, the discrepancy between the two versions of the bill will end up in a conference committee, where Senators and Representatives meet to resolve disagreements. This is where the amendment’s author, Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), and co-sponsor, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), will fight to get the amendment back in the final version.

In order to prevent that from happening, supporters need to keep the pressure up.

Crossing The Finish Line

This is the stage where you need to continue contacting your Senators and your Representative to tell them they need to do everything they can to make sure the final version leaves out Section 10010 and to continue to allow the Department Of Defense to fund military musical unit performances.

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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