Happy 17th Anniversary Butts In The Seats!

This week marks the 17th anniversary of Joe Patti’s Butts In The Seats; Musings on Practical Solutions For Arts Management. 2020 was a stellar year for posts. He’s provided some of the timeliest content related to handling COIVD without losing focus on the bigger picture.

Not only is Joe one of the most consistently engaging culture bloggers around, but he’s also one of the most prolific. If his blog is new to you, here are some of my favorites from the past year to get you started:

Marquee Messaging For Morale

What’s This Soft Landing Thing You Speak Of?

Always A Good Sign When Survey Respondents Crash Your Website

Streaming And Providing Content Is Well And Good, But What’s Next?

A Pandemic Is All The More Reason To Resist “For The Exposure”

https://insidethearts.com/buttsintheseats/2020/03/18/small-but-growing-resources-ideas-for-live-streaming-your-covid-19-displaced-events/

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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