Stay Safe. Stay Positive. 

As has been the case for most, it has been a relentlessly busy 10 days. To that end, just a few quick links and pointers today:

  • Joe Patti has been doing a great job tracking a number of resources to help groups manage the myriad of COVID-19 considerations. His recent posts have focused on a series of free webinars.
  • Ceci Dadisman has been talking about how to use this time to refine how we make people feel when we talk about art and culture.
  • I managed to get some long awaited updates pushed out that help bring ArtsHacker into accessability compliance standards with color contrast. That, combined with some major typography updates, should make the entire user experience more enjoyable.

While news may seem bleak, I can say that behind the scenes, there are some genuinely fabulous things beginning to take shape. There’s nothing I’m able to talk about yet, but I’m hoping that by the this time next week, that will change.

Until then, stay safe. Stay positive.

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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