Shop Talk Season 2 Is In the Works

I am happy to report that Season 2 for Shop Talk is officially in production! We have several episodes scheduled and one of the first will include the most comprehensive collection of stakeholders in a single discussion talking about the process that ultimately produced their side letter for maintaining artistic activity over the pandemic. It’s going to be a fabulous discussion.

Here are some additional topics you can look forward to:

  • Job Satisfaction (musicians and staff)
  • What audiences really think about the concert experience
  • Music Director compensation?
  • Dress code intervention
  • Cost of ownership
  • The caste system (you know what I’m talking about)
  • What are we doing better since the pandemic?
  • #ShowTheSalary

As always, I’m curious to know more about what you would like to hear more about and who you would like to see on the guest list.

  • NamePositon 
  • I only need this to reach out if I have trouble finding contact info for your guest suggestions or have questions about topics.

In the meantime, take some time to peruse the Season 1 Episode and Guest archives and subscribe to the YouTube channel.

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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