Inside The Arts Is Turning 10!

Next month, Inside The Arts will celebrate its 10th anniversary so in order to help mark the occasion, we rolled out updated layouts and features at all of the blogs.

All of the blogs hosted at the site feature a similar content driven design, similar to what was rolled out here at Adaptistration last month, that deliver faster user experiences. Compared to other culture blog collectives, you’ll enjoy sites that load anywhere from 100 to 300 percent faster. With the specter of net neutrality slowdowns threatening to become a reality, those speed optimizations will help prevent frustrating online reading experiences.

One of the collective’s longest running sites, Joe Patti’s Butts In The Seats, features a full width layout, enhanced sharing functions, and an updated color scheme. Similar improvements were roiled out at Joe Goetz’s Scanning The Dial.

You’ll find brand new image driven layouts at Doug Rosenthal’s Who’s Your Audience? and Holly Mulcahy’s Neo Classical. Both authors have always taken the time to enhance their content by incorporating a good bit of photography and the new full width image headers and a single column content layout showcase their hard work.

ITA Updates 2017

Be sure to drop by each site where you can subscribe to their email list (if you haven’t done so already). You can also subscribe to the master Inside The Arts weekly email summary right from the site’s homepage. It combines the week’s posts from each author (including the self-hosted members, Jason Heath’s Double Bass Blog and Brian Dickie’s Life After 50 Years In Opera). If you like fewer messages and catching up all at once, it’s an ideal option.

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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