ArtsHacker Turns Four!

Time continues to fly as today marks ArtsHacker’s fourth anniversary! To mark the occasion, there’s a special 2018 Year In Review post that highlights the most popular posts for 2018, traffic patterns, reader demographics, and all sorts of metrics goodness #DataNerds are sure to enjoy.

It’s worth pointing out that year four saw a nice uptick in not only average daily users but the ratio of new users.

Moving forward, we plan on doing more of the same and are on the prowl for additional guest author posts. We’re also planning on finding time to bring back one of the most popular segments: ArtsHacker’s Most Creative People In Arts Administration.

Read ArtsHacker’s 2018 Year In Review

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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