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Arts Entrepreneurship Class — Student Project

I plan to publish some of my class student projects: those that lend themselves to posting, i.e. a PowerPoint that provides complete or almost-complete information, or a paper that expresses a complete idea or process. This first one is the work of Melanie Grenier.    Entrepreneurship ppt.pptx … [Read more...]

Blog Salon — Organizational Design

Check out this Blog Salon -- yours truly is a contributor.  Looking Ahead to the Future of Nonprofit ModelsARTSblog is bringing together a progressive group of thinkers to further the discussion on changes in the nonprofit model. Throughout the week of May 16, you will be able to join in the conversation on this trending topic during the Private Sector Initiatives Blog Salon. ARTSblog will focus on examples of changes in the nonprofit model and the reasons dictating the changes. Get the inside scoop from leaders like Janet Brown of … [Read more...]

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 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...]

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