Why Yes, Ben Folds Is All Kinds Of Cool

We’ve taken a look at singer/songwriter Ben Folds’ work within the live orchestra field a few times over the years and his recent work with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) was the focus of a Fox News Power Player segment on 2/16/2020.

Folds, who serves as an Artistic Advisor at the NSO, has always been an engaging advocate for live music and the segment does a fantastic job at capturing his unique personality and joy over connecting with people through live music. His interaction with host Chris Wallace is sure to spark a smile.

Power Player of the Week

This week’s Power Player Ben Folds, the artistic adviser to the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center on his DECLASSIFIED concerts and the power of bringing pop music to the orchestra. #FNS

Posted by Fox News Sunday on Sunday, February 16, 2020

This week’s Power Player Ben Folds, the artistic adviser to the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center on his DECLASSIFIED concerts and the power of bringing pop music to the orchestra. #FNS

You can learn more about Folds’ NSO series, Declassified®:Ben Folds Presents.

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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