More Developments In Venezuela

Adaptistration People 120The 6/10/2017 edition of the New York Times published an excellent article by Ana Vanessa Herrero and Nicholas Casey that provides additional details about the ongoing protests in Venezuela and how music is playing an increasingly important role.

It’s important to make time in your schedule to stay on top of these developments as the increase of El Sistema related participants in protests is not something to overlook.

In this piece, the authors report that 19-year-old el Sistema violist Armando Cañizales was shot and killed by government soldiers. According to the article, he was unarmed and not engaged in any violent activity.

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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