Streamlining The Employment Status Reporting Process

It’s been quite a week and while the past few Friday’s have been reserved for a formal overview of the week’s data for the employment status poll I think combining it with releasing the week’s new poll on Monday will be a good approach.

Consequently, you can keep an eye out for that information in a few days. In the meantime, the numbers coming in this week have been very interesting in that we’re starting to see movement off of where each stakeholder group has been for the past few weeks.

A few more administrators have indicated being laid off or having their position eliminated while some per service musicians are indicating being paid the full amount for any cancelled services.

If you haven’t had a chance to log your response this week, please take a moment to do so and thank you for encouraging your friends and colleagues to do the same.

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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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