Less Than 48 Hours Left To Support The #TrekMusicPodcast

We’re into the home stretch of the Music of Star Trek Podcast Kickstarter campaign. The deadline is Jan 2, 1:23pm CT and we only have $2,588 left of the all-or-nothing goal so if you’ve been waiting to swing in during the eleventh hour to be the hero, now is your chance.


I know we can cover this amount in the remaining time and I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the project so far. Whether it was becoming a backer and/or sharing the project with friends and colleagues across social media, none of this can become possible without your enthusiasm and participation.

The podcast we want to produce is a lively, fun, open conversation that invites you to be one of the gang. 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.

My co-hosts and I 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.

Help us make all of this possible. The music of Star Trek is more than just commercial music, it’s some of the richest, heartfelt music of our time and it merits this level of attention. With your help, we can make that happen.

Support The Music of Star Trek podcast. Thank you!

#TrekMusicPodcast Hosts

Joining me for the podcast are four of the finest crewmates I’ve had the pleasure to geek out with:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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