State Of Employment Poll Results And Ongoing Tracking

At the time this was written, the State of Employment poll from earlier this week asking orchestra administrators and musicians about their work status following the onset of coronavirus related shutdowns has generated more than 150 responses. Thank you to everyone who took a moment to respond and thanks to that sample size, this will become a weekly effort until things normalize.

  • The poll will allow respondents to reply once per week, based on the day you submitted a response. For example, if you responded on Wednesday, you’ll be able to update your status submission starting the following Wednesday.
  • Each week’s poll will be added to a public Google sheet and published in a weekly analysis and overview review post.

Vist The Orchestra Stakeholder Employment Status During Coronavirus Shutdowns Google Sheet

Participate In This Week’s Poll

Note: if you have already submitted a response, the form will default to the full results view.

This Survey has expired. You can view the results at the State Of Employment Series Archive:

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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