Are You Interested In An Online Learning Platform Geared Toward Arts Orgs And Artists?

Adaptistration People 150Thanks to some especially thoughtful reader feedback at, the team has been exploring the idea of creating an online learning platform specializing in developing key skills from the perspective of arts managers, practitioners, and individual artists.

Although there’s no shortage of online learning outlets, the material in this potential environment would be covered within the context of daily challenges faced by those inside the field. Think of it like regular ArtsHacker tutorial content, but going into far greater detail and offering an expanded learning interface (think videos, audio, presentations, etc.).

In order to help gauge potential interest, there is short survey at and I would be grateful if you could take the time to submit your feedback. For those who do, there’s the potential for a treat if the idea reaches fruition!

ArtsHacker Academy Survey: Your Feedback Is Needed!

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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