More Metrics That Things Are Coming Back

Just a quick post today. I’ve been combing through some data from Arts Admin Jobs and it’s remarkable at how quickly things have changed over the pandemic.

Jobs Posted

Things fell off a cliff as the pandemic set in starting in March 2020 and stayed at those lows until the following year. In fact, there were no new jobs posted in April or May that year. Things began picking up as quickly as they fell off around February 2021, by March, they were starting to set all time records. Compare the changes from both periods of time:

  • Mar 1 – May 11, 2020: 8 jobs posted.
  • Mar 1 – May 11, 2021: 65 jobs posted.

That’s a 712 percent increase.

While there’s no denying it’s been a brutal year, it’s good see these signs of positive change. Arts orgs wouldn’t be tooling up if there wasn’t a certain level of confidence and investing in human resources so this is all hopefully the latest step toward growth and rebuilding!

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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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