Happy 18th Anniversary Butts In The Seats!

I am so happy to see Joe Patti back in action at Butts In The Seats after his two-month hiatus and his return coincides with his 18th anniversary.

Even with the hiatus, Joe continues to be one of the most prolific and engaging culture bloggers around.  If his blog is new to you, here are some of my favorites from the past year to get you started:

Is This “Yes, And…” Problem Solving?

What’s Been Learned So Far About Offering Virtual Theatre

TikTok As A New Employee Training Manual?

A Grant Proposal Isn’t An Investment Pitch

Colorado And The Case Of The Hidden Salary



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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