The First Round Of #AAMeritBadges Have Arrived

It isn’t often that giddy excitement and a package arrival intersect (for me, at least), but the Arts Admin Merit Badges are a notable exception to that rule. And I am all kinds of happy to say the first batch arrived early and they look even better than I anticipated. Everyone who placed an early order had their badges shipped in yesterday’s mail.

So far, the most popular badge is the Submitted A Grant Early And Received The Full Award option. It’s one of several scattered across a variety of departments. Pick a few up for yourself and if you’re the boss, they’re a great way to demonstrate appreciation and acknowledge all your team’s hard work when going above and beyond.

With free shipping on every order, what’s not to love?

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You can get a free merit badge by crossing my path at any of my upcoming conference and convention appearances. Additionally, I’m sure I’ll be giving them out from time here as giveaways 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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