Sick Days

I am up to my eyeballs in getting through a summer cold so for the time being, I’m taking today and possibly tomorrow off. For now, I’m going to post some of my upcoming conference appearances, one of which, #20NTC, I was just notified about:

Chicago, IL
League of Chicago Theaters
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Monday, October 14, 2019, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Note: you must be a League member to attend.
Member Only Event

Miami, FL
National Arts Marketing Project Conference (#NAMPC)
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Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:00AM – 12:15PM
More Information & Registration

Baltimore, MD
2020 Nonprofit Technology Conference #20NTC
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 3:00PM – 3:45PM
Early Bird Registration Opens Nov 1, 2019

And speaking of event schedules, I am finally have the makings of a comprehensive archive of my conference, academic, webinar, etc. events. It’s still being fleshed out, but you can find it and my upcoming events at

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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