Let’s Build A Performing Arts Org Required Vaccination Database

Shortly after publishing a post about the momentum among performing arts organizations and performing arts centers behind adopting policies that require ticket buyers and employees to provide proof of vaccination, my wife, violinist Holly Mulcahy, posted a query on Facebook asking colleagues about policies at their organizations.

Responses started rolling in and it made me wonder if any of the usual suspect service orgs or unions were tracking this information. After coming up empty with online searches I reached out to colleagues at each group, and it turns out none of them are currently tracking this and making the results public.

Fortunately, this an easy oversight to rectify and with a little technology magic, populating and updating a list is a straightforward task.

So let’s do some good by providing a centralized resource groups can use to help their decision making process. The database is already up and running with several dozen organizations. I can’t thank Ceci Dadisman enough for her assistance with gathering dance org info and refining the user interface.

Visit Database

To add your organization, use the following form.

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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