End Your Week With A Little Acknowledgement And Gratitude

H/T to Joe Patti for bringing the #MyBreakthrough campaign to my attention. Nutshell: it’s an effort by UK based Arts Emergency to help realize how important it is to encourage and provide opportunities for emerging talent.

By encouraging people to tag & tweet about the person(s) who “gave you some key advice or encouragement early in your career,” it helps veteran arts professionals just as much as it does emerging talent.

It’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed with the seemingly unyielding force that are pandemic driven needs, but this initiative is a good way to pop up and take a breath by way of acknowledging what makes us stronger as a whole thanks to selflessness and mentorship.

Take a moment today and skim through the growing list of #MyBreakthrough tweets and be sure to contribute something when you have a moment.

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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