Casting An Eye Toward Fall

Adaptistration People 147A bit of a housekeeping post today. It’s hard to imagine the end of summer is much closer than the start so to that end, I took a step back to see what was in store and there are some nice topics on the horizon.

  1. I’ve had a very good exchange with the LA Opera gathering details about their pilot program to put opera into popular media culture. There’s only one more bit of info to obtain and we’ll be able to examine their results in an in-depth article.
  2. Thanks to everyone who submitted their interest level via the dedicated email digest survey. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the quantity of replies means it will be on the way either this week or next.
  3. Ceci Dadisman’s Google Sheet for listing your favorite conferences to attend as an arts manager is doing a great job at compiling a useful list. If you haven’t already submitted your favs, swing by to see if they are already listed and if not, do the add thing.
  4. I’m still in the process of getting together a group of panelists for the next Shop Talk video blog. This episode will focus on the measuring artistic quality in the wake of labor disputes topic that struck a nerve back in July. The goal is to have that done and published by early September.
  5. We have a surprise guest author post on the way. #NoSpoilers

What’s on your mind? What topics would you like to see covered or examined in greater detail this fall?

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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