ArtsHacker Turns Five

Today marks ArtsHacker’s fifth anniversary! If it were a typical new business, this would traditionally be the year to decide if it’s reaching goals or time to pull the plug.

I’m happy to say that metrics, feedback, and social engagement all point to the former. Having said that, it doesn’t mean anyone should get comfy. As such, I put together a reader survey to gather feedback on authors can refine content and improve on how we present it.

And not unlike the reader survey happening right now at Adaptistration, it comes with a chance to win a full set of all 17 Arts Admin Merit Badges.

What that means is if you frequent both sites and complete each respective reader survey, you can double your chances of winning. Adaptistration’s survey ends this Saturday and the ArtsHacker survey will be open through January 5, 2020.

2019 Reader Survey

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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