The Cost Of Doing Business

It’s great to see examination of compensation and work expenses within the field expanding, to that end, the 8/9/2018 edition of published an article by Anya Wassenberg that takes a deep dive into the expense end of classical musicians.

Another treat is seeing the issues through a Canadian perspective; while most issues are identical for US based classical musicians, there are differences such as health care costs (especially related to repetitive stress syndrome related ailments).

Wassenberg’s article also covers a good cross section of musicians as well as mixing it up with musicians that focus primarily on orchestral work and those that split the difference between regular orchestra work, gigging, and solo work.

If you enjoy learning about expense end of on-stage stakeholders, then be sure to check out the pair of articles here on the cost of ownership for orchestra string musicians. You’ll be amazed at how much it costs to be a professional orchestra musician.

Counting The Costs

Counting The Costs Q&A

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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