Arts Admin Merit Badges Are Here!

Turns out designing and ordering the badges took a lot less time than I anticipated and that means you can now order your favs or entire sets.

I’m keeping half of the first order for my own stash to use as conference SWAG which means there’s limited inventory for Round 1 and everything is available on a first come, first serve.

Expected shipping for Round 1 is Monday, Nov 11 and if they sell out of most by the end of November, rest assured Round 2 will be a much larger order to accommodate holiday gift giving (because who wouldn’t love to get a set!?!).

Round 1 includes 17 different badges that you can mix and match at any quantity. Each badge is a 3″ diameter made from a thick durable vinyl that protects your stickers from scratches, water, and sunlight.

Regardless of quantity, every order includes free USPS shipping and the cost is only $12.50/each (and free shipping) and a bevy of quantity discount tiers:

  • Buy 5-9: 20% discount ($10.00 each)
  • Buy 10-19: 30% discount ($8.75 each)
  • Buy 20-49: 40% discount ($7.50 each)
  • Buy 50+: 50% discount ($6.25 each)

Get Your Very Own Arts Admin Merit Badges

Round 1 Badges

New merit badges will be rolled out in subsequent rounds.

Want To Get A Free Arts Admin Merit Badge Sticker?

You can get a free merit badge by crossing my path at any of my upcoming conference and convention appearances. I’m sure I’ll be giving them out from time to time so you never know when one might show up at your door.

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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