The Status Of Required Vaccination Policies Among Nonprofit Performing Arts Orgs


By: Drew McManus

In: Catch All

The  Vax Policy Database has been gathering data since August 20, 2021 and it’s been adding new records daily. Over the holiday weekend, I added additional view to the database making it easier to see exactly which organizations require all stakeholders to be vaccinated, which provide all stakeholders except ticket buyers, which only require artist employees and staff, and the sliver that have a defined “no required vaccination” policy.

At the time this article was written, there were 182 organizations listed across the following sectors:

  • 68 orchestras (+16)
  • 27 opera and chorus (+6)
  • 57 performing arts centers (+13)
  • 16 dance companies (+1)
  • 14 theatres (+3)

Of those groups, the lion’s share of organizations still requires all four stakeholder groups to be fully vaccinated:

  • 62.22 percent require ticket buyers, artist employees, staff, and guest artists be fully vaccinated.
  • 18.33 percent require all stakeholders except ticket buyers to be fully vaccinated.
  • 4.44 percent only require artist employees and staff to be fully vaccinated.
  • Only 2.78 percent have a formal no vaccination requirement policy.

A big THANK YOU to all the groups that have submitted your policies to date and I’m looking forward to seeing more arrive. And an extra shout out to those who have taken the time express appreciation for the effort on social media. Hearing about how much the database helps is not just gratifying but I know it encourages other executives and board members to embrace comprehensive and effective vaccination policies that require each stakeholder group to participate.

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Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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