Debt, shrinking audiences, and rising expenses. These are the issues which plague too many of today’s orchestras, small and large. For many organizations, these are the issues which consume their day to day work efforts and distract the institutional stakeholders. In light of such seemingly overwhelming forces, many organizations are reverting to drastic stopgap measures in order to slow the decline; however, there are almost always other options. The arts have always been – and continue to be – a remarkably viable product capable of making a strong connection with audiences. Unfortunately, a great deal of media attention throughout the nation has declared that the arts are less and less relevant and there’s simply no longer any demand for what arts organizations deliver.
Fortunately, this prognosis couldn’t be farther from the truth.
For a variety of reasons, many organizations have been the victim of inefficient and stagnant business practices. They spend a great deal of time and resources identifying external forces as the root of their problems, when in fact, they should be spending those same resources toward the sincere challenge of examining internal forces. As tensions increase artists, managers, and board members have been engaged in increasingly hostile battles over the solutions to their mutual problems. With every new conflict, a partisan mentality increases and organizations move farther away from discovering their win-win solutions. Mr. McManus maintains a distinctive philosophy which is founded in the confidence that the win-win scenario is always obtainable. As such, he is well suited to help move organizations away from these slowly destructive cycles and identify options which unite organizations toward their individual goals. Leadership, vision, and a dedication to core competencies lie at the heart of future success. Drew McManus can help your organization realize its potential and become cultural leaders in your community.
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Since starting my first culture blog in 2003, my related activity in that field
has expanded to include launching several culture related publishing
networks where I serve as Editor-in-Chief and/or webmaster in addition to
publishing a new post every weekday at my original blog, Adaptistration.com.
The Adaptistration Network
Founded in 2003, Adaptistration has become the definitive go-to culture blog for the entire orchestra field with thousands of daily visitors.
Classical music admin jobs. Free to post, free to browse, & free to apply.
In 2011, I was having a drink with some colleagues which included a recent college arts admin grad looking for gainful employment. He started complaining about how difficult it was to look for a job online and long story short, I put together a jobs board site that stands head and shoulders above anything else available in the field and made it completely free for everyone to use.
Take A Friend To The Orchestra, or TAFTO, is an event at Adaptistration where more than a dozen critics, bloggers, musicians, classical music enthusiasts, and administrators writing about how average patrons throughout the country can invite friends who don’t regularly participate in live music events to a performance in your area.
Who’s Minding The Score? a cartoon about orchestra life takes a satirical look at the insanity that is orchestra management. The cartoon ran from 2010-2013 when the primary writer and cartoonist, Paul Dixon, decided to take a break. I worked as editor and secondary writer.