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Arts Entrepreneurship Class Progress

--following up on my promise to keep interested readers up-to-date on my class, Arts Entrepreneurship.  Recall that I posed 2 major assignments.  The first of these was to identify an existing arts organization, study it deeply, then pose one expanded program and one new one.  The second of these was to write/create a business plan for a new venture. For the first assignment students were grouped according to arts interest area (visual arts, literary arts, dance, music, theatre).  For the second assignment students were … [Read more...]

Using the L3C Organizational Model

This past week I realized that I really could have used the L3C model in each of my professional leadership positions, and that in doing so, i would have alleviated pressure on the annual balance sheet.  I must admit to feeling a bit "slow" when I realized this, as I have been asked countless times if the L3C has any real use in the arts and culture sector. The realization is that I could have created any number of subsidiary entities with the L3C structure.  As is typical of any large not-for-profit organization, there are numerous … [Read more...]

Business Model Session on Monday, April 25

With thanks to Andrew Taylor for initiating and planning this session, please join Nina Simon, Andrew and me on Monday (details below) for a discussion of new, innovative and old business models in the arts and culture sector.  I hope to see you online!      Monday, April 25 4:00 pm Eastern Time http://www.vokle.com/series/3972-the-artful-manager Joining me for this one-hour discussion, and responding to your comments and questions, will be Andrew Taylor, Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, an MBA … [Read more...]

Arts Entrepreneurship — The Class

Last weekend I attended the annual conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.  There I heard that the arts entrepreneurship "movement" is spreading rapidly in higher education.  This has to be of concern, as the "it" is so poorly defined, -- and understood.  Note my own previous misunderstanding of the term, social entrepreneurship.  Nonetheless, a number of my colleagues at the conference are readers here, and told me they were eager to hear about how my class was going.  And now that the class is … [Read more...]

The Great Disconnect Revisited

Years ago I wrote an article (I can't even remember for what publication) called The Great Disconnect. It focused on the tragic separation and total lack of communication between the professional presenting world and the K-12 arts education world.  At that time I attempted to make the case that unless these 2 sectors immediately found ways to collaborate to the benefit of all, each would separately suffer.  Sadly not only was I right, but the prediction is playing out. I teach a class called Seminar, the capstone class in the master's … [Read more...]

Arts Entrepreneurship — Two Curricular Tracks

So I'm in the final planning stages for my course in Arts Entrepreneurship (starts March 30), and I have come to the conclusion that I will teach and present materials and activities in 2 different tracks: those for the social entrepreneur, and those for the traditional one.  I'm particularly taken with Peter C. Brinckerhoff's definitions of these 2 categories.  "Social entrepreneurs are people who take risk on behalf of the people their organization serves.  Traditional entrepreneurs take risk on their own behalf, or on behalf … [Read more...]

Arts Entrepreneurship — Lack of Imagination, Lack of Chutzpah?

I will soon be teaching a new course called Arts Entrepreneurship here at Drexel.  I've been preparing for this on and off since last summer.  In addition to reviewing literature and current thinking on the topic I have been looking at offerings in various higher education locations, especially those with a music focus.  There appears to be some confusion regarding just what arts entrepreneurship means.  Some researchers have been able to identify 2 distinct tracks, or types of entrepreneurship.  One relates to … [Read more...]

Devastating Impact

I recently purchased an Internet radio, so am now about to access (without charge) my favorite public radio stations from throughout the US.  One theme that I hear on all of them is that proposed public (government) funding cuts will have a devastating impact -- on them, on whom, to what extent, etc.? I am sure these proposed funding cuts will have a profound impact on each of these stations, and that I will be worse off because of them, but these stations, and arts advocates throughout the US, must tell us what comprises a devastating … [Read more...]

Ten Work Items for 2011, Task #10

What a revelation it has been to experience the vast arts world, after my most recent 14 professional years totally immersed in the field of music (not all classical at Eastman).  During these years, because of the press of senior management and seductive insularity, my arts exposure was 90% music, 10% other (and rarely self-selected).  Escaping this situation has allowed me to experience a wide variety of art, in different genres and forms. And in doing this I have changed the way I think and approach matters. For 2011, let's … [Read more...]

Ten Work Items for 2011, Task #9

For years, and I mean years, I prided myself on my being able to stay on top of advances in technology.  I saw it as an amazing tool to advance communications, increase efficiency, and provide creative possibilities for education in the arts.  I thought I had a complete concept of the potential of contemporary technology.  But what I didn't "get" was how it would become so central, such a control point in daily lives.  Somehow its hardware and software have married and produced something entirely new, a medium unto itself. … [Read more...]

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