Asset Recovery And Restoration Resources Following A Natural Disaster

Arts organizations impacted by Hurricane Harvey are just beginning the process of dealing with damaged assets. Music libraries, archives, costume and scenery shops, and a host of related specialty production departments are beginning to sift through material to see what can be salvaged and repaired. Fortunately, there may be some resources to help with those tasks.

Joe Patti recently wrote an article at ArtsHacker.com that examines the role preservation groups and conservation services can play in assisting with repair and restoration work.

The fact is the work that many of the regional preservation groups do encompasses projects outside visual arts and architectural features. They are much better equipped to effect repairs and recovery to sensitive damaged materials than most industrial and general cleaning companies.

Flooded Costume Shop Or Music Library? Art Conservators May Be Able To Help

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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