The topic of this paper is the question how arts managers can apply the results of cultural economics to their work. The usefulness of cultural economics shall be tried on two main questions of arts management:
-How to raise money for projects, and
-how to spend it economically and reasonably.
The second question is discussed using the Rational-Choice-Theory and Baumol’s Cost-Disease-Model. To answer the first question income and price elasticities of the arts are explained.
The author comes to the result that very few results of cultural economics can directly be applied to arts management. Nevertheless, many considerations of cultural economics are worthwhile to look at for people working in arts management, as they clearly describe the conditions under which arts institutions are working.
When Crispin first started to write Essential Theatre his task, or so he thought, was to update what he had advocated in Clear Sightlines, a book which was much read and valued by those involved in touring. Life is never that simple, however. In the past two years much has changed on the touring circuit and, while it is true to say that the arts never stand still, the pace of change has been phenomenal – and not just because of the appearance of National Lottery funds. As a result, Crispin’s ‘update’ has evolved into a more complex undertaking. Essential Theatre offers an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of all aspects of presenting theatre management today.
Geprägt ist dieser Sektor von Menschen, die für das normale Geschäftsleben zu künstlerisch und im tradierten Bild des Kunstschaffenden zu wirtschaftlich agieren. Sie sitzen sprichwörtlich zwischen den Stühlen. Bei den Kollegen aus der etablierten Wirtschaft gelten sie oft genug als Spinner, die gute Ideen und wenig Geld haben.
Ein Rückblick auf die Konferenz von unserer Korrespondentin Julia Glesner, Mainz
Of course, a large of number of people have taken the leap to embrace information technology as a curricular or co-curricular tool with varying levels of success. In my opinion, the level of success most people have experienced is directly proportional to the level and rigor of planning and research that preceded creation and implementation of Web-based tools. Simply put: the more a person understands a tool and its capacities, and thinks strategically and thoroughly about how that tool can be of service, the more successful that person will be with that tool.
Cultural tourism as a type of organized touring to visit sites of cultural heritage, to take part in a cultural event or an artistic performance is booming. A tour may be a short trip to take part in a performance, for instance a weekend in Edinburgh or Salzburg at the festivals.