Cultural Inspiration Poll Results

Last Friday’s poll asking readers about which sort of non-classical music outlets the rely on for cultural inspiration provided some fun results. Just under 300 responses have come in and here’s where things are (since the time this article was published).

cultural poll results

It’s fascinating to see the most common option was non-classical music events. At the same time, it is great to see that most of the options were more or less evenly distributed in popularity.

Among “other” replies, the most popular responses included Literature oriented events (book clubs, live poetry, readings, etc.) with just over 40 percent of those responses. The remaining items covered a wide field, but my personal favorite was “theme parks and drag performances.”

Makes me wonder if there are any theme parks that also feature drag performance shows.

Personally, I’ve found that filling my cultural tank with live orchestra and opera events is an increasingly challenging return on investment.

I’ve even been toying around with the idea of going on an orchestra and opera live event sabbatical for six to 12 months. Cultural burnout is a very real thing and there is a real joy in attending a cultural event where you don’t have an intimate knowledge of not only the art form, but every nook and cranny of how it operates.

I’m curious to know if anyone else has done something similar during their career.

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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