2017 Compensation Report Schedule

Typically, the orchestra compensation reports are published each year in June and by this point in time, much of the initial data collection is complete.

Adaptistration People 060Inquiries about when this year’s reports will be published are already rolling in but as it turns out, business has been booming throughout 2017;

Perhaps unsurprisingly, that means the entire process of gathering and processing that data is behind where it normally is in May. But based on where things are now, and assuming there are no additional unforeseen delays, I’m aiming for a target publication week of June 26-30

If additional time is needed, I’ll wait until the week of July 10-14 since the previous week is the July 4th holiday and many readers are away on vacation.

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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