National Arts Strategies recently posted the pre-event briefing paper by Adrian Ellis and Sonali Mishra (available in pdf format), as well as a summary report (also available in pdf) on what was discussed and discovered. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be hashing through the briefing paper and the conversation as I heard it. Our perceived boundary between nonprofit and for-profit in arts and entertainment — especially when it comes to management — is fertile ground for honest exploration; full of myth and hidden assumptions. The convening in Los Angeles was a great beginning to that conversation, but it’s worthy of a wider world. So stay tuned…
The purpose of the meeting is to explore the extent to which non-profit and for-profit cultural organizations — museums, orchestras, opera companies, theaters, dance companies on the one hand and the gamut of film, publishing, media, fashion, music, commercial theater, video and related enterprises on the other — have things to learn from one another with respect to both the effective management of creative processes and finding an audience or market for the fruits of their labors.