An Old Blog Gets A New Look

There’s nothing quite like doing a good thing for the right reasons and to that end, I’m very happy to introduce the latest design update for one of Inside The Arts’ longest running and popular blogs: Butts In The Seats.

In addition to a brand new logo, there’s new typography and an accessibility compliant color scheme, all of which helps deliver some of the very best culture blog content available. Case in point, one of his latest posts that examines the notion of fixing perceptions rather than problems.

There Are No Small Theaters, Just Theaters Who Think They Are Small

It’s been several years since Joe’s blog enjoyed an extensive design update and I’m all kinds of happy to see his patience rewarded.

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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