The topic I want to tackle within this paper is the question how arts managers can make use of the results of cultural economics.
For people who are no experts in these issues it usually seems obvious that the main purpose of cultural economics is to make management easier, to help the arts in dealing with economic problems. But, of course, this is not true. On one hand, Cultural Economics sees itself as an economic science, it uses logical models to explore complex economic interrelationships. Its main goal is to understand how the economy of arts and culture works. Arts management, on the other hand, is a part of business management and deals with the very down to earth question how to manage an artistic enterprise.
But, seen from an economic angle, the arts are not such a large field. And the different scientific disciplines dealing with the arts - apart from the History of the arts - are rather young, not yet established and only represented by a small number of scientists. So, little wonder that the boundaries between, lets say economics of the arts, arts management, arts sociology and cultural policy research are not that clear. On the whole, this is certainly an advantage, as it makes interdisciplinary work much easier.