The Venture Platform Is Now Part Of UpStage Technologies

When I launched The Venture Platform in 2010, the goal of cultivating a successful web development agency specializing in the arts and culture sector seemed like a long-term event but as it turned out, it was a waypoint on the road to something bigger.

As of January 1, 2022, The Venture Platform officially became part of UpStage Technologies.

This decision marks the growth of Venture’s agency-based business into a comprehensive Software as a Service (SaaS) company uniquely positioned to meet the demand for a platform that unites website, CRM, ticketing, fundraising, marketing, and a full range of digital commerce and customer services.

While The Venture Platform will continue to be offered as a standalone service, it will also become a cornerstone of the larger UpStage CRM platform.

Since announcing UpStage last month, the request for info and to schedule a demo has been remarkable, there’s barely a day that goes by without hearing from someone new. All of this only reinforces the research that arts and culture orgs are hungry for something tasty in the ticketing CRM sector.

Visit to learn more about everything the new platform offers. If you’re only in the market for a new website, visit to see what we bring to the table.

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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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