In 2011, Mr. McManus launched Adaptistration Jobs, a jobs board highlighting administrative openings in orchestra, opera, and chamber organizations in North America. A truly philanthropic effort, the site is entirely free; organizations can post openings and job seekers can search and apply online all without any membership or usage fees. Visit the jobs board at www.adaptistration.com/jobs.
2013 marked the launch of ArtsHacker.com. Dedicated to providing practical tips, tricks, and pointers for getting things done as an arts manager, ArtsHacker is the result of good old fashioned necessity by providing high quality nuts-and-bolts oriented content from a broad cross section of volunteer contributors; each with unique skills, experience, and areas of expertise. Venture’s founder serves as volunteer editor-in-chief alongside the expert contributors.
Hours after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast Region; Mr. McManus established an extensive relief effort at Adaptistration to aid displaced musicians. Over 300 offers providing shelter, direct aid, and work opportunities from across the country resulted in more than 60 musicians and managers finding temporary or long term solutions until they could return to their homes. Relief efforts were featured in a Sunday edition of the New York Times and served as the subject of a special American Symphony Orchestra League emergency bulletin.
Each year, Mr. McManus provides a fixed number of reduced fee and pro bono consulting projects from small budget arts organizations. As of 2016, more than 1,900 pro bono hours and 3,000 reduced rate service hours have been contributed.
Mr. McManus regularly offers his resources and talents to service organizations and academic institutions interested in taking advantage of increasing event exposure through new media platforms. In 2010, he donated and managed Enlarging The Circle, the official blog for the American Orchestras Summit co-Hosted by University Musical Society, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and Arts Enterprise @ UM with support from the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies (UM Ross School of Business).