The Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

All things being equal, the Orchestra Compensation Reports will be coming out the week of June 17th or June 24th. So far, data gathering hasn’t generated any irregularities that require additional time to hunt down the respective data and if that continues to be the cast, you can expect the earlier date.

What this means is you have a week or two where last year’s data is still available:

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While you will find most of the multi-year trend charts and Top 10 Earner lists for previous orchestra compensation reports, the full data tables are only available for one year. Once the subsequent year’s reports are published, they are removed.

If you find yourself ever needing a copy of something from a previous season, I do make those available for a fee or you can begin building your own IRS 990 data library by picking up Orchestra 990s from the Adaptistration Store.

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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