So Much Baltimore

Of all the organizations that appear at Adaptistration, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has the fourth highest number of articles (others being Detroit, Minnesota, and Philadelphia respectively). More often than not, they appear thanks to some sort of questionable governance practice, labor strife, or musician behavior.

Here are the most popular articles as determined from when the blog started tracking visitors. That’s right, Baltimore’s article archive is so long, it predates Google Analytics.

Baltimore Symphony Gets A New Board Chair

Another Sexual Misconduct Related Suspension, This Time In Baltimore

The Curious Case Of Baltimore’s Undisclosed Details

It’s Trench Warfare In Baltimore

Live Fast, Die Young, And Leave A Beautiful Corpse…Or Apply For The Baltimore Symphony CEO Gig

The Best Part Of Shooting Yourself In The Foot Is It’s Tough To Miss

BSO’s Glicker: “We Need To Teach The Musicians A Lesson”

By the way, did you even know Adaptistration has multiple archives?

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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