#TBT Get Ready For An Update To The Women Composer Database Project

In advance of an update article next week about composer and arts administrator Rob Deemer’s Women Composer Database Project, I wanted to make sure you knew what the project is all and just how important the database will be to the field as it continues to grow.

To that end, this pair of articles will bring you up to speed on how Deemer started the idea and where it’s grown over the years. In the meantime, has anyone out there used Deemer’s database for artistic programming and or academic research? If so, I’d love to hear about it; so thanks in advance for leaving a comment with some details.

Are You Aware Of The Women Composer Database Project?

Women Composer Database Project Update: A Marvelous Response So Far!

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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