Testimonials

We do more than just build websites, we help users reach missions and expand careers. In the end, we’re only as good as what our users say, so don’t take our word for it, go right to the source.

Gregory

Campbell

Director of Marketing and Communications

Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
Lyric Opera desperately needed a new website and one that would work well with our new brand. I’ve fought with arts websites for years that are bloated, poorly designed, have hidden pages, and load too slowly. Drew and his team have created the perfect arts website for a fraction of the cost typically incurred by similar projects.

Madeline

Warner

Marketing & Communications Manager

Austin Chamber Music Center
The Austin Chamber Music Center had been thinking about getting a new website for many years, but it always felt like a daunting task that we didn’t have enough time or money to tackle. When we started the project with Venture, we were immediately put at ease. Drew always made us feel like we were his number one priority, and was always happy to chat if we had any questions or ideas. Not only did we benefit from his website expertise and understanding of arts management, but he was patient and fun to work with. Our new website is BEAUTIFUL and is much easier to navigate and edit. We are now proud to direct people to the site to learn more about our mission; it is finally an asset and not a hindrance. Drew and the Venture team have gone beyond creating a new website—they have transformed ACMC!

Ben

Thiem

Director of Member Services

League of Chicago Theatres
We are so happy that we chose Drew and the team at Venture for our website redesign. Our organization needed a complete online overhaul involving multiple complex websites. Drew expertly and cheerfully led us step by step through the process of developing each new website to help us better serve our member theatres, patrons, artists and administrators. They kept us on task and on time so we could launch by our deadline and without any issues. The new websites all turned out great, and are now so easy for us to manage and update. Drew continues to be incredibly responsive and supportive and it’s reassuring to know that they’ve always got our back. We highly recommend working with Venture!

Kate

Jones Butler

Director Of Marketing And Communications

New Conservatory Theatre Center
I never thought a website could bring me so much joy, but the NCTC redesign does just that every day. After years of holding onto a website that both looked out-dated and had readability issues, we knew it was time for a change. We wanted a site that showcased NCTC’s bold design aesthetics, presented information in a very clean and concise style, utilized our photography in meaningful ways, and represented all our theatre has to offer. Within minutes of my first meeting with Drew, I knew that Venture Industries Online was the right choice to take on this project and what an adventure it has been. Drew was incredibly easy to work with, very responsive, and always happy to hop on a call to discuss things that needed more time. The new nctcsf.org site perfectly represents who we are and grabs the viewers attention immediately. Last but not least, Drew has been there every step of the way to answer every question and guide us through this process. Since our site launch, we’ve been flooded with positive feedback on how gorgeous the new site is – and we agree. I can’t recommend Venture Industries Online enough!

Elizabeth

Santana

Managing Director

Palo Alto Players
At Palo Alto Players we dreamed of having an industry-leading website that reflected the quality of the art on our stage. Thanks to Drew and his team at The Venture Platform, that dream is now a reality. Drew worked with us to develop a detailed project plan that met our design goals, timeline, and budget. Not only were we working through a complete redesign, but also integrating our site with a new ticketing/CRM platform. Drew’s experience working across a variety of ticketing service providers proved invaluable during the transition. As a small staff we are also grateful for the ongoing customer support that Drew provides after the launch to keep the site up to date and relevant. We highly recommend Drew and his team!

Olivia

Boen

Soprano

Working with Drew is a guaranteed way to elevate one’s branding without compromising the complexity of what it means to be a musician in the modern day. His ability to see artists and institutions from a birds-eye view allows him to create seamless online experiences fueled by his incredible attention to detail. He takes a tremendous amount of care to ensure that the complete story of an artist is told in an intuitive way throughout the website; I really feel that Drew takes inspiration first and foremost from who the client is, allowing the flow of site, the logos, and all of the tiny details to be born from his astute observations. On top of this creative vision, he has a comprehensive and chronically up-to-date understanding of web design, analytics, accessibility, and trends within the fine arts sphere, so one can rest assured that the structure of his architecture is as pristinely and soundly formed as his aesthetics.

Furthermore, working with Drew not only has given me an adaptable, intuitive, and beautiful website, but has helped me to grow as a businesswoman. In the process of building my online portal, Drew asked all the right questions and challenged me in the best way possible. Figuring out exactly how I wanted to interact with audiences and promoters, what I want to be known for, and finding the balance between illuminating who I am but not giving too much away was really difficult for me on my own. With his guidance, I now feel more confident in sharing more about my work because I have a structure for it. I cannot recommend him enough!

Scott

Coulter

singer and owner

Spot-On Entertainment
When I realized my rapidly expanding concert business needed an online presence fast I called Drew. I had no idea what I wanted or, more importantly, what I needed but I needn’t have worried. Drew asked the right questions, listened to my answers and created something beyond my expectations. And he was available every step of the way to answer my questions and help me think outside the box to present my company in the best possible way.

David

Murphy

Conductor

It has been an enormous pleasure to work with Drew and his team at Venture Industries on the design and delivery of my new website. They have created a site that looks great, and functions fantastically on all platforms. As a musician, I really appreciate Drew’s deep understanding of music, musicians and the wider musical world. It meant that we spoke the same language throughout. The whole process was fast, efficient and enjoyable and the responses to my questions to the point, lightning fast, and often peppered with Drew’s great sense of humour!

Russ

Todd

Managing Partner

Akustiks
From day one working with Drew and Venture on our new website, I knew that it was going to turn out great! Drew and his team laid out a clear plan for the website development that allowed all members of our firm to contribute and participate in the process and at the same time provided a structure to keep the project on track and on budget. The result is a website that truly reflects our acoustical practice today with built in flexibility for growth and evolution as we gain international presence in the world of performing art acoustics.

Rebecca

Wallace

Marketing Director

City Lights Theater Company
After seeing Venture’s work with other websites, I knew that Drew and his team would create a new site for our theater that was beautiful and beautifully functional. What I hadn’t realized was how much time the new site would save our team. Our new site is a breeze to update with new content. It’s automated in all the right places, while leaving freedom for creativity and innovation. And it leaves us with more time to spend on making and promoting theater.

Michael C.

Hardy

Director (Ret)

The Institute of Outdoor Theatre
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.

Frank

Almond

Founder

Frankly Music
Venture Industries has handled all my sites for several years now, from the initial construction to basic updates and maintenance. These sites are drastically different from one another, yet integrated in a certain seamless way, thanks to the innovative and comprehensive approach that is a hallmark of Venture. From basic aesthetic guidance to cutting-edge technical advice, the difference with Venture is obvious. I finally have a full-service web company that incorporates a vast knowledge of the arts world with high-tech mastery, all at a reasonable cost. In my experience, that’s a rare combination.

Dr. Christopher

Dillon

Proprietor

Bel Air Music Studios
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.

Dayna

Meyer

Digital Marketing Manager

Kansas City Repertoire Theatre
The new website that Venture Industries Online designed for KCRep is such an incredible asset in my Digital Marketing toolbox, and working with Drew and his team on the project was a delight. Drew is collaborative, easy to work with, and came up with so many creative and clever solutions to the problems we had with our old site. The new kcrep.org is a speedy, accessible, and user-centered website that is vastly more manageable to edit and update. And it looks absolutely beautiful! I am thrilled with the results! Drew and the team at Venture exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you, Venture Industries Online!

Catherine

Van Handel

Bassoon

Choosing Venture Industries was one of the best decisions I have made in my career. As a performing artist, I believe it is paramount to invest in yourself. Initially, I attempted to make my own website, but then it occurred to me that in order to make a memorable and powerful statement, my website had to look high-quality, sleek, and professional; I did not have the required expertise. Drew’s knowledge of the classical music industry and his website expertise enabled me quickly to gain trust in his work. He was understanding, patient, and shared my vision from start to finish. Drew always replied promptly when questions arose and provided crystal clear guidance on how to navigate the platform. Screenshots, step-by-step labeled markers, and always available for a quick chat are a few examples that helped create the site that I’m now proud to share. Now with my new website up and running, I have the ability and the platform to continue building my brand. I see so much potential and growth in the many years to come. Thank you to Drew McManus and to the entire Venture Industries team!

Anna Marie

Faulkner

Director of Marketing

Lookingglass Theatre Company
Working for a mid-size theatre, we aren’t able to employ a full-time web person on the marketing team. This meant that over the years with changing team members and developing technologies, we often ran into website issues that we did not know how to resolve. The huge draw in working with Venture Industries Online was their business model which offers continuous support for a reasonable annual fee, even after the site had been developed and launched. Not only were Drew and the team incredibly attentive and professional during the migration process, but they continue to be very responsive to questions that arise day-to-day. The 24/7 support that they provide has been incredibly helpful: from troubleshooting problems to providing tutorials on how to accomplish a task, they always come through. As Drew says, if it takes you more than 5 minutes, contact him! Additionally, the custom “team member” and “calendar” functionality they developed for us allows us to utilize the website better as a marketing tool, highlighting the unique assets of Lookingglass and making it easier for users to purchase tickets. I would highly recommend working with Venture Industries Online!

Jason

Haaheim

Principal Timpanist

MET Orchestra
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.

Timothy

Judd

violinist and Author

The Listener’s Club
I have two websites which have been developed by Venture Industries Online, one site for my Richmond, Virginia-based violin studio, and another for my music appreciation blog, The Listeners’ Club. Drew McManus and Venture Industries Online have played an enormous role in the growth and development of both my studio and blog. You can trust Drew to provide an attractive and highly functional website. Drew is passionate about serving his clients and providing them with a product which meets the highest professional standards.

Arya

Daire

Singer/Actress

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.
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