A Quick Look Ahead

Just a quick update post today. First up, good news from Chicago where the Lyric Opera strike has ended. Both sides have issued individual press statements and we’ll be looking at those details along with some of the PR exchanges from both sides later this week.

Next up, the Music of Star Trek (MoST) podcast is definitely getting a crowdsourcing campaign. Everything is just about ready to go; description, promo vid, and rewards. No spoilers, but I can say that thanks to the creativity and generosity from my fellow hosts, we will have a limited number of crazy awesome reward levels you won’t find anywhere else. As for timing, we decided to launch the campaign shortly after the elections.

Stay tuned…

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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