Not That You Need Another Reason To Vote

Americans for the Arts recently released their 2020 Congressional Arts Report card, which provides a detailed summary of congressional voting records on key arts legislation. Another useful feature is an overview of which Senators and Representatives are active in cultural focused caucuses.

One of the best reasons I’ve seen that reinforces why this report matters is from legislative culture warrior Scott Silberstein via his Arts Matters newsletter (subscribe).

How officials treat the arts offers deep insights into how they treat the country and its citizens. 

Please take a few minutes to find out how your reps been treating you, your career and your life.

Download The 2020 Congressional Arts Report Card

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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