Pop Quiz: Which Gets More Funding?

Adaptistration People 053It should come as no surprise that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is rarely more than a blip on the national budget radar but it never hurts to keep things in perspective so as to help inspire action and reaffirm commitment for improvements.

To that end, composer Rob Deemer posted an article on his Facebook wall that examines United States Foreign Assistance allocations for 2014.

He juxtaposed some of the funding levels to the NEA budget from the same year ($146 million) and I thought it would be fun to quiz your instincts on this topic, so no going off and reading the article before taking the quiz.

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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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