Rolling Out Updated Links On The Orchestra Financial Reports Page

One of Adaptistration’s most popular resources is the Orchestra Financial Reports page where you can find direct links to an orchestra’s IRS 990 filings at

Adaptistration People 028Recently GuideStar began rolling out a series of updates to how their database works and the frontend user experience. Those updates are a welcome enhancement but one negative byproduct is all of the original links have been changed and there are no redirects from the old to new URLs.

To matters a bit more complicated, GuideStar is rolling out these changes over a period of time so there’s no rhyme or reason behind the order or schedule for those changes.

In order to help keep those links up to date, we’ll be checking them and applying updates once per week through the end of 2016.

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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