And Just Like That, Comments Are Back

I’m very happy to say that a new solution for comments presented itself in less time than I initially anticipated so as of today, comments are back! Here’s what you can expect:

  1. In order to leave a comment, you will need to log in using a valid Google account. This is to prevent anonymous comments and reduce comment spam.
  2. Select the Google account you want to use for leaving a comment. Keep in mind, the information associated with the Google account when logging in is what will be displayed along with your comment.
  3. Submit your comment. As always, comments are welcome and moderated by the respective article’s author. Commentary, opinions, and reactions to all comment posts are welcome. The authors, as well as the site owner, reserve the right to delete comments to their respective articles deemed uncivil, off-topic, spam, or inappropriate advertisements and/or promotion. Under no conditions will comments be edited.

Unfortunately, any of the previous comments submitted using Facebook will not be available. Hopefully, Facebook will be a lot less of pain about exporting them but until then, we’ll just have to continue the love/hate relationship.

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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