New Union Rules Provide A Glimpse Into The Future Of Our New Normal

Recently, Joe Patti published an article at ArtsHacker that examines a COVID-19 reopening guide from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union which has members working in performing arts venues, convention centers, movies, and television productions. If you work in an environment that employs IATSE members, it is worth reviewing the guidelines to get a sense of what the union expects working conditions to look like. Granted, these …

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Turn Portrait Images Into Landscape

Over the weekend, I posted the following rant about portfolio aspect ratio images on Facebook: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT When getting PR photos, please insist the photographer shoot in landscape aspect ratio, not portrait. Posted by Drew McManus on Thursday, July 9, 2020 Given that it’s always a good thing to balance a rant with something productive on the same topic, I decided to create a free Photoshop template that provides one method …

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The Stupid Simple Way To Schedule Online Meetings

For the past few years, I’ve been using the online scheduling app Doodle to arrange meetings across a group of participants. Given that it wasn’t something that happened on a regular basis, I never took the time to look at other options. Then Covid-19 came along and some of Doodle’s pain points became more apparent. As a result, I started researching other options and the obvious choice became clear in short …

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Resources To Help Think Through Your Own Circumstances

My ArtsHacker colleague, Joe Patti, has been on point this last month with a series of resource articles covering a wide range of legal considerations for nonprofit performing arts organizations navigating Covid-19 topics. His most recent post, Meeting Your Legal Duty Of Care In Post-Covid Reopening, stuck me in that it included an excerpt from the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide that stresses a point I’ve been espousing for years: it’s all …

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Independent Contractors Are Feeling The Squeeze

Along with tracking orchestra manager and musician employment rates here at Adaptistration, I’ve been running a similar survey at ArtsHacker. In addition to a much broader cross section of arts admins, it also measures the impact among independent contractors such as consultants, service providers, practitioners, etc. One fascinating detail to emerge is how much harder independent contractors are getting hit. For example, 20 percent of independent contractors indicated their existing contracts …

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