You Have One More Week To Get In On The Arts Admin Merit Badge Giveaway

There’s only one more week left to get in on Arts Admin Merit Badge giveaway. All it takes is submitting a 2019 reader survey where one reader submission will be selected at random.

So far, there are just over 300 submissions, which is nearly three times the number of submissions over the last reader survey, so it’s safe to say people really want those badges!

For everyone who has submitted a response, thank you. I’ve been reviewing the feedback every few days and there are some really useful observations and insights. If you haven’t completed the survey, it only takes a few minutes to complete.

You will be asked about:

  1. Demographic info.
  2. Value and satisfaction with media outlets.
  3. Online usage habits as they relate to culture content.
  4. Observations and opinions regarding Adaptistration’s content and style.

The survey is now complete. Thanks to everyone who participated and the winner of the Arts Admin Merit Badge giveaway will be announced in an article on Monday, 12/16/2019.

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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