Given the flood of somber headlines this week, I wanted to intentionally post something light because we could all probably use a smile about now.
Last May, I pointed out the @ArtsAdminsSay twitter account and since then, it…has…exploded in popularity. Racking up more followers each day, it has 3,261 at the time this article was written. On a per tweet basis, it averages more likes, RTs, and replies than those from the New York Philharmonic and LA Philharmonic accounts combined.
Here are some of the more popular offerings:
We need a Director of Marketing but we can’t afford one. Let’s make it a Marketing Coordinator position but keep all the same job duties.
— Shit Arts Administrators Say (@artsadminssay) June 4, 2018
We need a new strategic plan that our staff will spend an inordinate amount of time creating but will sit on a shelf never to be looked at ever again.
— Shit Arts Administrators Say (@artsadminssay) June 15, 2018
For next year’s budget, the ticket sales goal is higher and the marketing budget is lower. We think it’s doable.
— Shit Arts Administrators Say (@artsadminssay) July 9, 2018
Let’s offer a pre-performance talk to engage newcomers but make sure the content is for people who are already well-versed in our art form.
— Shit Arts Administrators Say (@artsadminssay) June 21, 2018
Be sure to cycle through the replies, some are downright precious. You should also go through the list of followers, it’s like a who’s-who of arts admins.
If you’re looking for even more dark orchestra stakeholder humor, there’s another start-up Twitter account that should be on your radar. This one is from the musician perspective: @OrchestraSay looks to be about a month old and is easing its way into a steady following.
My alma mater thinks I have money to donate to the school. That's both hilarious and sad. #returntosender #donation #gifts
— Shit Orchestra Musicians Say (@OrchestraSay) June 24, 2018
Just like a sports star is fined for over-celebrating or for a lewd gestures, conductors should be fined for glaring at audiences when they cough. #BehaveYouOverPaidPenguin #FinesForBeingAJerk #LookingAtYouMuti
— Shit Orchestra Musicians Say (@OrchestraSay) June 26, 2018
Hey, let's have another spirited debate about our dress code, come up with amazing ideas that will most definitely save the industry's image, and come to the conclusion to change nothing.
— Shit Orchestra Musicians Say (@OrchestraSay) July 15, 2018
Which faux accent will the guest conductor from New Jersey use today? German, French, Italian, or all three like yesterday's rehearsal.
— Shit Orchestra Musicians Say (@OrchestraSay) July 16, 2018
Both accounts offer an enlightening peek at what goes on behind the curtain and inside the minds of those who make everything work. If you’re not following both accounts already, you should rectify that today.