Updated Data For The Dead White Guy Programming Table

Over the weekend, composer and arts administrator Rob Deemer sent along the latest update to his list of programming data for the 2017/18 season and the ratio of works (both percent and number) of dead-white-guys to living, women, and non-white composers. The latest figures includes an update for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra figures.

Adaptistration People 164See the updated charts at the original article.

Granted, Deemer’s data is for a sample of ensembles across a broad spectrum of budget size but I’m curious to know is any groups outside that sample have taken the time to see how they compare alongside their peers.

If you’ve taken the time to compile the data, take a moment to share your results in a comment.

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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