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Drew McManus
Works at Venture Industries Online
Lives in 505 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il, 60611
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Arts Consultant and author of Adaptistration.com
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Chicago based arts consultant and author of Adaptistration.com
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Am regularly referenced in newspapers from the New York Times through the LA Times on issues realted to the orchestra field.
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505 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il, 60611
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Management and communications consultant to international nonprofit and for profit performing arts and public cultural institutions.
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Every now and then, a fun project falls in your lap and last fall, I had the pleasure of shooting a promo video for the email client I use, Postbox. They ended up shooting the entire thing on-site in my office and talking shop with the Postbox Founder and VP of Product Management, Sherman Dickman, was as much fun as shooting the footage.
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Just because the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between an orchestra and its musicians expires doesn’t mean the organization necessarily comes to a screeching halt. Although it certainly adds an additional layer of pressure to negotiations, in most cases, the employer continues paying wages and benefits under the terms of the expired agreement until a new agreement is ratified or imposed.
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Since its launch in December, 2015 ArtsHacker has grown a great deal and all of the new content and features floating around have reached a point where they demand an enhanced layout and design in order to make it easier for you to find all of these great articles and reference material. Let’s tak…
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Over the weekend, I finally had the time to roll out a number of new improvements at ArtsHacker.com. Since its launch in December, 2015 the site has grown a great deal and all of the new content and features needed an enhanced layout and design in order to make it easier for users to find everything.
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Over the past few years, I’ve discovered that providing a dedicated micro-site for presentations and lectures is a terrific way to enhance the learning environment. That was exactly the case with the 2016 Arts Midwest pre-conference session Click. Click. Done. Developing Your Google Analytics Skills…
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I’m away at the 2016 @ArtsMidwest conference today but want to quickly point out two items of notes related to substitute parity (paying substitute musicians an equal per-service rate as their salary based colleagues). Regular readers know the topic of equal pay for equal work among orchestra musicians is a popular topic and one ongoing curiosity throughout those articles is a complete reticence by spokespersons from orchestra player associations...
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Recently, you learned about meeting scheduler tools from Ceci Dadisman but do you ever wonder how much it costs in labor to hold that meeting? Thanks to a handy web app from Harvard Business Review, you can find out in less than a minute. The web app is fully responsive so it works in all browsers a…
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A promo video I shot for Postbox https://www.postbox-inc.com. Working with filmaker Brian Artka and Postbox founder Sherman Dickman was a great deal of fun. And yes, I do use Postbox and the latest release, v5, brings a wealth of new features (just in time for the Windows 10 Anniversary update).
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The 9/3/2016 edition of the New York Times (NYT) published an article by Justin Gillis that reports on the initial stages of coastal flooding resulting from global warming. Normally, this isn’t the usual sort of thing one might associate with the orchestra field; then again, times are far from &qout;normal.&qout;
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Most professional orchestra collective bargaining agreements expire during the summer months and since the economic downturn, it is increasingly common to see groups continue negotiating past the current agreement’s expiration date.
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The new season is upon and I’m sure many community engagement managers out there spent the summer making plans for a variety of initiatives. Probably high on that list were &qout;diversity initiatives&qout;.
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Currently, two of the top eight orchestras with the highest base musician annual salary are negotiating new collective bargaining agreements: National Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interestingly enough, both of these ensembles are in positions where the outcome of those negotiations will likely have a larger impact on their future competitiveness than some of the upcoming negotiations for their peers.
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