The Music Of Star Trek Podcast Is On Its Way To Becoming A Thing

Good news everybody! After a thorough round of due diligence, it looks like the costs related to making the Music of Star Trek podcast a regular series is something that falls well within reasonable crowd sourcing goals.

Among the larger expenses are those related to licensing and let’s face it, a podcast about the music of Star Trek would really suck without being able to, you know, include musical excerpts.

And since supporting the composers, musicians, audio engineers, and cast of related professionals that make the music possible should be a paramount goal, the entire panel is behind the idea of crowdsourcing the project.

To that end, the project should launch within the next 7-10 days but before that happens, I wanted to see if any readers had ideas about donor rewards.

No spoiler alerts but in addition to a foundation of rewards that actually deliver something to the donor, we have two crazy-insane-awesome rewards for the higher end giving tiers (seriously, they are going to blow you away).

But I want to know what you think. What sort of reward(s) would you find attractive for specific giving levels?

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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