At Least There’s No Shortage Of Things To Fix

The folks over at LaPlaca Cohen and Slover Linnet released the latest installment in their Culture Track series and as always, it’s filled with wealth of useful information.

The results from this round included surveys and research from the latter half of 2021 and by this point, the group had a much deeper well to draw from and unsurprisingly, patterns (and surprised) started to form.

Here are some key takeaways:

“More Americans are reporting negative emotions a year in the pandemic than in the early days.”
Granted, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the jump still raises eyebrows:

“…more Americans said they were sadder (41% vs. 29% in Wave 1), more depressed (41% vs. 29%), angrier (29% vs. 25%), and less connected to others (60% vs. 44%).”

“Most Americans believe arts and culture organization should be addressing social issues-with systemic racism at the top of the list.”
According to the report, this was a new topic they began to explore in this wave of research.

“…more than three-quarters (76%) of Americans believe that arts and culture organizations should be addressing at least one of the social issues we asked about on the survey.”

It’s worth noting that the single most-selected issue was systemic racial injustice, followed by income inequality and the wealth gap tied with climate change and natural disasters.

Download the full report or visit the report page to download just the executive summary and appendices.

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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