The most surprising aspect of my first class was the result of my asking the question, “why are you taking this class”
The responses altered my thinking on the teaching of arts entrepreneurship to students to whom the topic is new.
I only allowed for approximately 10 responses (there were 30 students in the room). The responses ran from, I want to pursue a career in arts administration, to those that were quite specific, from graduate students who are already embarking on nascent careers. Those in this group expressed a need to specific skills: in fund raising, marketing, etc.
Our discussion at the end of the class, as a result of the questions I posed (previous blog) and an open-ended Q&A, centered on issues involving American orchestras, the financial structure of large music organizations, and the impact of pop culture (the truly vapid variety) on music in general.
This experience reinforces my growing belief that the field of arts entrepreneurship remains ill defined.
“You know you need it, but aren’t quite sure what it is.”
I’m excited about working with this group of young people. They are articulate, intelligent and motivated. Look for continuing posts about them and the class structure.