#TrekMusicPodcast Holiday Stretch Challenge

I would like to believe everyone is taking the full week before Christmas off and you’re home now in a pair of fuzzy slippers indulging in eggnog or sipping a nice glass of wine. But who am I kidding, you’re probably up to your eyeballs in Messiah, Nutcracker, and the obligatory Home for the Holidays pops.

Fortunately, I have a fun rabbit hole you can escape into for a bit: the #TrekMusicPodcast Kickstarter Christmas stretch challenge.

Hey, if your supervisor suddenly appears asking why you’re looking at Kickstarter campaigns, just say you’re researching Kickstarter best practices or looking into the potential for creating a podcast for the organization. #GotYourBack

  • Goal: $1,000 or 50 new backers by Friday, December 21, 2018.
  • Bonus Reward 1: In addition to the fabulous backer rewards at Kickstarter, I’ll update this post with a special shout-out list of everyone donating during the challenge.
  • Bonus Reward 2: Regardless if we reach the dollar or quantity goal, anyone donating at the Lieutenant Commander and Commander reward levels will get some special Twitter sugar from Adaptistration’s Twitter account. At more than 4,100 hardcore orchestra business focused followers, that’s a pretty sweet chance to revel in Twitter love.

At the time this was written, we need to raise $2,738 to meet our minimum funding goal. I’m confident we can do that and unlock our stretch goals through the fundraiser’s January 2, 2019 target date. Meeting this week’s challenge is a great way to stay on track.

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What’s All this About A Music of Star Trek Podcast?

In the fall of 2018, I invited four of my classical music friends together to spend a few hours recording us geeking out about the music of Star Trek. To put it mildly, it was a blast and the final product turned out great.

But it was the response to that episode from listeners that really blew us away.

It was clear we needed to find a way to turn this into an ongoing podcast. The first step in that process was figuring out what it would take to do this the right way. That includes securing licensing to make sure all the amazing musicians involved with creating the music get paid their fair share. This Kickstarter will help provide that funding and for ongoing production costs.

First, let’s talk about what this podcast isn’t. Although we’re classical music nerds, this isn’t a show where experts talk at you highlighting things like counterpoint and retrograde motion. Sure, those things are cool in an academic sense, but we aren’t here to force feed yet another cringe-worthy music appreciation effort down your throat.

Now, let’s talk about what this podcast is.

It’s a lively, fun, open conversation that invites you to be one of the gang. There’s laughing, lots of laughing.

There will be loads of knowledge bombs, but they are presented from the perspective of the hosts’ own fascination and wonder at the discovery of something new within the context of Star Trek.

It’s all about new perspectives, new information, and new realizations.

We’ll also examine the episodes from a broader perspective, such as how they reflected events of their time, and how these elements impacted music queues that have become ingrained into our collective cultural consciousness.

We can guarantee you’ll walk away from each episode learning something cool and be downright giddy to listen to these soundtracks from start to finish.

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The Crew

In addition to yours truly, the show will feature four of the most engaging, knowledgeable, orchestra professionals I know, who just happen to also be gargantuan Star Trek nerds:

Jason “definitely one of the blue shirts” Haaheim: Panelist, Principal Timpanist of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and podcast science officer (no joke, he’s also an honest to god scientist with patents and everything!).
Rob Deemer: Panelist, composer, and Associate Professor of Music Composition, State University of New York at Fredonia. Rob is also the founder of the Music Diversity Database project. For the podcast, Rob serves as the commandant of Starfleet Academy’s music division and lays down a wealth of knowledge.
Bill “Commodore” Eddins: Panelist, conductor, pianist, and the podcast’s ranking office. Bill served as music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2017 and before that, was Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ceci Dadisman: Panelist, arts marketer extraordinaire, and the podcast’s First Officer. Ceci’s most recent nonprofit position was director of communications at Palm Beach Opera and currently works as an arts marketing practitioner at FORM.

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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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