On Hiatus Through Aug 6

For the first time since 2003 I’ve decided to take a two-week hiatus but will resume daily posts on Monday, August 6. Having said that, if something major breaks, such as a major development in the Boston Symphony lawsuit, I’ll probably end up breaking my own rule.

Adaptistration People 072I’ll be spending the time neck deep in the move to Adaptistration’s new global headquarters at Chicago’s iconic Hancock Center (or if your local, the building formerly known as The Hancock).

There are all sorts of gut rehab fun and games going on that demand the break but when we’re back up and running you can look forward to the much-anticipated Seattle Symphony pension article.

You can also keep abreast of newsworthy items at Adaptistration’s Twitter and Facebook feeds, like this article by Lindesy Erdody in the 7/17/18 edition of the Indianapolis Business Journal examining the recent Krzysztof Urbanski one-year renewal at the Indianapolis Symphony. I’ll also be posting one or more new articles at ArtsHacker.com.

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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