One Day Until Launch

It’s been a busy couple of months as my team and I have been working away for the official UpStage CRM launch and I’m happy to say that all things equal, that will be tomorrow for the sales website.

It has a few more pairs of eyes pouring over it but we’re all very happy with where things are. So no spoilers for now but the seven-day work weeks have been taking a toll in that I don’t have a full blog post today. At the same time, it is worth pointing out that Arts Admin Jobs continues to crush it with the quantity and quality of new listings.

There were four full time and one part time listings over the weekend alone. Add to that, there are 78 profiles in the candidate database, six of those came in over the same number of weeks.

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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