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As a renowned business consultant for arts organizations, Drew McManus is proud of his work...there is so much data he gathers from tax forms (always two years behind the present) that he uses a kind of “timed release” for the information according to this schedule.

…his in-depth questions and ideas that never would have occurred to me otherwise made it clear that choosing him was the right move

Craig Mulcahy
Craig Mulcahy
Principal Trombone, National Symphony Orchestra

The most well-respected national symphony orchestra consultant.

David Burger
David Burger
Pop music/pop culture writer, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10/06/09 edition

He’s the orchestra insider. Hugely informative…

Alex Ross
Alex Ross
Music critic, The New Yorker

…arts admin guru.

Anastasia Tsioulcas
Anastasia Tsioulcas
Deceptive Cadence blog, from NPR Classical, 9/14/2012 edition

…a distinguished arts administrator.

David Stabler
David Stabler
Music critic, The Oregonian, 12/23/2011 edition

[A] very big brain weighing in on what it means to be a professional.

Sook-Yin Lee
Sook-Yin Lee
Host; CBC Radio One’s Definitely Not The Opera

Drew does a truly amazing job with his blog [Adaptistration]. Like nothing else I’ve seen in the field, he has opened up discussion and the light of day to classical music, particularly orchestras.

Richard Kessler
Richard Kessler
Dean, Mannes College The New School for Music

Venture Industries was nothing short of a lifesaver for me. I was coming up on an important deadline and only had a very messy Tumblr site up - I needed to get a professional, polished site up without having too much time to do it. Drew and his team made the process exactly as easy as I needed it to be, I was so relieved. Their Basecamp is self-explanatory and so easy to use, Drew explained everything to me in a way I could understand and work with, and they were very fast to respond to everything. The price was also surprisingly affordable and is worth every penny. Any artist that wants an online portfolio can trust them, and I personally think every artist should definitely have one. It's very worth it.

Arya Daire
Arya Daire
Singer/Actress

After I won the MET job, it quickly became clear that a high-profile appointment like that needed a high-profile web presence...and my old homegrown cobbled-together personal site wasn't going to cut it. Enter Venture: he understood my needs better than I did, crafting a site structure that would serve as a sharp and professional baseline, but with lots of room to grow and add content. Aesthetically, he quickly determined my style and preferences, and delivered a look and feel that matched superbly. Venture was quickly responsive to all calls and emails, and the consequent setup and launch cycle was remarkably brief. Moreover, Venture delivers one of the most powerful events manager engines around -- it adeptly combines sophisticated capabilities with simple back-end control. All of this helps realize the final goal: far from being another "job" to manage, this site will now help me do mine better.

Jason Haaheim
Jason Haaheim
Principal Timpanist, MET Orchestra

We have received four trial lesson reservations (one by phone and one using the booking system) in 48 hours after our site went live. Needless to say, I'm delighted! The Venture Platform system is very easy to use. I have managed all of it, including locating details of the trial lesson bookings like phone numbers and email addresses, from my smartphone. I'm astounded at your ability to integrate all of its aspects at my end for maximum efficiency and intuitiveness, and at the user's end for maximum beauty and elegance.

I've also already used the Freshbooks invoices to encourage parents to catch up on their September payments. Very effective, and very easy to adjust for credits, discounts, and transaction fees. It is simply magical the way new user's registration goes directly to Freshbooks, and allows me to use it immediately without any data entry on my part. Your system does all of that!

Your support makes me confident that no matter how our music school grows, you'll always be able to help me understand how to adjust our website and its integrated communications, registration, and billing solutions to maximize our potential to better serve our artistic community.

Bel Air Music Studios
Bel Air Music Studios
Dr. Christopher Dillon; Proprietor

Drew has shepherded us through our new website's development for several intensive months now and has never failed to come up with creative solutions or answer our most idiotic questions with good humour. I don't know how he's gotten anything else done, but the results are fantastic and it's already helping us to transform our organization.

Michael C. Hardy
Michael C. Hardy
Director, The Institute of Outdoor Theatre

Drew made everything seem easy and effortless as he put my site together. He threw ideas at me I had not considered, but am thrilled he recommended them because they are now the coolest parts of my site!

Holly Mulcahy
Holly Mulcahy
Concertmaster, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
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