Good News Friday

While I don’t know if this is a sign of the times, the quantity of job openings at has really jumped in the last few weeks with five new opening in the last week alone and a total of 24.

The Philanthropy System Coordinator at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival is an interesting looking gig:

Philanthropy Systems Coordinator

While there are two senior VP level positions open at Lookingglass Theatre Company here in Chicago.

Director of Development

Director of Education

If you’re looking for summer work, the Music Academy of the West recently posted all kinds of openings.

Add 700,000 Digitized Works Of Art To Your Collection

This doesn’t have anything to do with the orchestra field but it certainly made me smile: Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum has put over 700,000 digitized copies of its huge art collection online, and is making them available to reuse as public domain.

This certainly isn’t the first effort of its kind but it’s a remarkable addition to the growing library of public domain works of art.

Read more about the project at

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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