Looking Ahead To May

Adaptistration People 134Today’s a literal recovery day for me so just a short post to highlight what’s in store this month:

  1. I’m only a few orchestras datasets away from an updated version of the top tier musician compensation. The 2019 update will finally have all but two orchestras with base musician salary figures out though the next 3+ seasons. Spoiler: New York and Boston are both in positions to shift the balance of what has been four increasingly well-defined strata between these groups.
  2. The latest installment in the orchestra and opera workplace satisfaction.

And just a shade longer into June and we get the 2019 installment of the Orchestra Compensation Reports.

In the meantime, thanks to everyone for making this a super high traffic week. Share and enjoy!

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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