#SubversiveArt Thursday

There’s a good bit of entertaining conversation going on via Facebook with composers using President Trump’s Covfefe #TwitterFail as inspiration for #SubversiveArt. One of the more entertaining is from composers Rob Deemer and Jim Stephenson.

Deemer launched the first salvo…

#operadibs #Covfefe

Posted by Rob Deemer on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

…and it didn’t take long for Stephenson to follow suit by adding an accompaniment to Deemer’s melody.

Rob Deemer created a lovely melody recently – so I decided to add some…

Posted by Jim Stephenson on Wednesday, May 31, 2017

From there, it was only a matter of time before it leapt from paper to recording; in this case a masterpiece that features voiceover artist George Washington III:

Postscript: one more reason to love Alex Ross…

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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