Expecting A Check From The NEA? Think Again.

Whether it’s grant disbursements, processing applications, or answering questions, you’ll need to hurry up and wait on anything related to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Adaptistration People 140The ongoing government shutdown means NEA staffers are furloughed, their website isn’t being updated, and all phone and electronic communication is going unanswered.

While the website isn’t being updated, it’s still up. That means you can access the NEA’s policy for operations during something like the shutdown (last updated 3/22/2018). Granted, it’s mostly for internal use but an interesting read nonetheless.

Fortunately, any state arts agencies with funds from the NEA are still able to distribute them. If your organization receives NEA funds via state agency, you should contact them with any questions or concerns.

Is your group impacted in any way by the shutdown?

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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