Doug Rosenthal Spent $175 On Arts and Culture Events Last Month. What Did You Spend?

As if you need another reason to live Doug Rosenthall’s writing, he just published an article at Who’s Your Audience? reviewing the arts and culture events he attended last month. What I love about these posts is he includes the ticket price alongside reflecting on the event.

Even more fun, he compares each of those outlays to a non-arts and culture expenditure. This installment is part of a loose series he’s been writing that provides some actual money-where-your-mouth-is involvement that goes beyond armchair analysis.

Ticket Price: $59
Something of basically equal price that I paid for last month: Doggy stairs (so that my arthritic pug can comfortably get on/off our bed).

Ticket Price: $25
Something of basically equal price that I paid for last month: My electric bill.

Ticket Price: $16
Something of basically equal price that I paid for last month: Barbecue. (Because Texas.)

You get the point. It’s the sort of thing that separates those who understand from those who know.

Pressing the Play Button as the Pause Button

I’d love to see the idea picked up by other culture bloggers but feel free to weigh-in via a comment below.

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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