Our current context of internationalisation, globalisation, and the increasing global migration presents challenges and opportunities for the arts and cultural sector. With creative and aesthetic expressions inherently reflective of cultural ideas, knowledge and values, arts and cultural managers have a significant role to play in directing, administering and mediating intercultural understanding. This refers to the ability to know, accept, value, and empathise with alternative perspectives and perceptions of the world.
By Victoria Durrer, Ina Ross and Raphaela Henze
The 8th Vienna Music Business Research Days will be held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, from September 12 to 14, 2017. This interdisciplinary conference on “Unchaining the Digital Music Business” calls for methodological multiplicity and is open to scholars from all scientific areas. The conference organizers invite scholars who have a research focus on music business/industry related topics to submit a paper proposal by March 31, 2017.
The 24th ENCATC Annual Conference "Cultural Management Education in Risk Societies - Towards a Paradigm and Policy Shift?!” took place in Valencia, Spain, from 5–7 October, 2016. The event brought together about 160 academics, researchers and professionals from the cultural sector, policy makers, artists and students from over 30 countries. And with a more focused and application oriented program their debates about the new paradigm needed for cultural management and policy to face today’s risk societies could have in fact been very fruitful and inspiring.
In my course on cultural management at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, I cover the topic of crowdfunding. A prime example for how it is for a Western lecturer to teach in India: On the one hand, one cannot presume many of the things that Western students would naturally know about. On the other hand, there is a wide range of cultural-managerial knowledge and skills, passed down in part through the generations under different labels, different names or simply without any special designation. At the same time, the work in a country like India is by no means any more exotic as in Europe.
Figure 1: fassade of the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi
The Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan is about to launch a new MA program in Arts Management in Dushanbe, in partnership with four local universities. This will be the first program of that kind in the region of Central Asia. The program needs a solid backup by methodological materials on diverse subject matters. Therefore the coordinators plan to open a Resource Centre for Arts Management (both online and offline), to be managed by the renowned nonprofit organization Dushanbe Art Ground.Thus, they kindly ask all for donations of materials to the new center – publications, books, documents and so on.
The IAMA – International Artists Management Association - meetings twice a year are a firm date in many artist manager’s diaries. The first one of this year took place in Utrecht, Holland April 7-9, 2016, and attracted over 400 delegates with the motto “Shake it off”. This could be interpreted in various ways – shake off the depressive mood that has become so prevalent when talking about classical music or shake off the old ways of doing business and take active steps in new directions. Both interpretations were equally valid within the context of the discussions.
Culture and Collaboration: How the First Edition of the Online Course Managing the Arts Created a Global Community of Cultural Managers
The worldwide demand for qualified personnel in cultural institutions is great, yet the opportunities for advanced training in the area of cultural management are limited. For that reason, Goethe-Institut started in 2015 its international MOOC “Managing the Arts” that was especially developed for cultural managers. Now it announced the second edition of the online-course. This review from our Arts Management Newsletter No 122 may give you some impressions of the first round. The new one will have the focus “Cultural Organizations in Transition”. It takes up the question of how cultural institutions can make use of technological, cultural and economic processes of change for their own work. Chris Dercon will guide the participants through video lectures and case studies of cultural institutions in Bangkok, Berlin, Budapest and Lagos. Cultural managers and those interested in cultural work can register here for the 2016 free online course from now on until 13 April.
Goethe-Institutís International Forum on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy 2015: A new format for exchange and qualification
The first International Forum on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy, organized by Goethe-Institut, took place October 26 – November 6 in Munich, Germany. It brought together cultural experts from different regions of the world and cultural sectors for a two-week intensive exchange phase. During this time, the participants got the opportunity to discuss current issues of cultural management, policy and administration like artistic production, arts funding, audience development and community management, arts marketing and leadership. The global issues, ideas and skills brought forward during the forum reflect the opportunities and needs on professional competencies in the arts sector.
(picture: participants @ Impact Hub Munich. © Loredana La Rocca/ Goethe-Institut)
Call for Papers: VIIth International Forum of Arts and Cultural Management (FIGAC) on Training and Professionalization
The International Forum of Arts and Cultural Management (FIGAC) is a scientific and cultural event promoted since 2010 by the undergraduate course of Arts and Cultural Management (BA) at the Higher School of Education of the Viana do Castelo Polytechnic, Northern Portugal. FIGAC aims to promote dialogue and reflection on aspects related to contemporary cultural management at national and international level, and it has the medium term aim of establishing itself as a reference with regard to the dissemination of good practices, promotion and discussion of scientific literature on contemporary topics on cultural management. The VIIth edition of FIGAC will take place on June 2nd - 3rd, 2016, and will address the issue of Cultural Management: Training and Professionalization.
Rave Scholarships support further practical training for young cultural managers from countries in transition and developing countries
The Rave Foundation would like to contribute to practical further education in realizing and arranging fine art exhibitions. It therefore awards scholarships to young curators, restorers, museum technicians and cultural managers from transformation and developing countries who have arranged a guest period, a practical training or non-paid work at a museum, at a non-commercial gallery or at a non-commercial cultural institution in Germany. The Rave Scholarship is a working scholarship and requires the holder’s presence.