After 18 years, 10 months, 17 days, and 4,821 posts it’s time to wrap things up. I was listening to the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton and the track One Last Time came on. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, it’s a conversation between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton where Washington informs Hamilton about his intention to not seek re-election.
The two go on sing about Washington’s desire for Hamilton to help write his farewell address and the importance of knowing how to exit the stage. That’s when the thought started poking the back of the head, slowly at first, but with enough intensity to know it wasn’t going away.
Having said that, it still feels very odd to reach the realization that it’s time to stop while simultaneously having no shortage of ideas and topics that deserve attention…but it’s also clear that now is the time to let new voices step in and pick up that conversation. The emerging practice of audition fees, virtual audition practices, underpaid/overworked staff, the post-pandemic compensation reports, and so much more are all issues that need the sunlight of public examination in a non-partisan environment.
Without that, the field risks moving through some very dark times over the next generation. But moving forward, something besides Adaptistration will need to fill that role.
I’m most certainly not retiring (if only!) and that means keeping entirely silent is…highly unlikely, but the days of a reliable daily blog are at an end. The next step includes writing a proper farewell, which will come in due time.
Until then, I can say things won’t change with Inside The Arts, ArtsHacker, and Arts Admin Jobs. Each of those outlets and their respective authors will continue as usual. In fact, there’s a new regular contributor coming at ArtsHacker that specializes in finance related content. I’ll also keep Adaptistration’s blog archive, Who’s Minding The Score?, and the Take A Friend To The Orchestra resource site available indefinitely as well as updating the Counting The Costs resource site to adjust for the rate of inflation.