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The winners of the Nugget Awards for Excellence in Arts Management 2002 were announced on last Monday, October 28 2002, by the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, at the Australian Institute for Arts Management (AIAM) conference in Canberra.
"These awards are aimed at recognising and rewarding managers who help to shape the arts and play a crucial role in how the arts are managed, promoted and marketed in Australia", Senator Kemp said.
"Australia's arts community is highly valued by our society and the Government is deeply commmitted to encouraging the pursuit of excellence in the sector".
Dirk Schuetz and Dirk Heinze, whose are running this network, had also been participate at this interesting event for the Australian arts management community. Details about the results, most interesting discussions and feedbacks will be published as soon as the network providers will be back in Germany early in November.
Jody Doherty, the Pittsburgh Symphony's vice-president of public affairs, is quoted by web-based post-gazette.com as saying that the anticipated deficit of "at least 750,000" cannot be confirmed until "later this month [when] the orchestra closes out its books." One problem is that the symphony's endowment, heavily " invested in the stock market," plummeted in value from $130-million "two years ago" to its present value of less than $100-million. Since the symphony is reportedly limited to withdrawing no more than 6.5 percent out of its endowment each year, the stock market decline has decreased the amount of endowment money that can go towards their "operating budget of $30 million." Another contributing factor to this year's deficit is that this year's ticket sales were $450,000 lower than anticipated.

Last year the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra had a $200,000 deficit, according to the post-gazette.com. At the time the symphony "went through a restructuring in which 10 administrative positions were eliminated." The symphony has not decided on a course of action to "reduce or eliminate the [current] deficit," Doherty reportedly stated.
Kassel Germany, June 08 September 15, 2002

Exhibition Documenta11
Since 1955 the Documenta is held every five years. Every facet of the exhibition is concerned with interconnections and you really begin to understand the main platform of Documenta as everyone´s right to their home without discrepancy for spaces, regions, traditions. Here the exhibition is quite impersonal and technically informal as all forms of media including sculpture, painting, photography, film, video and installations are in documentation form. To learn the art as opposed to experiencing it.
Business, arts and government leaders from Sydney's western suburbs will work for stronger links between business and the arts.

More than 140 people attended a Business Arts Forum in Parramatta organised by the Riverside Theatres and the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF). They agreed to form a group to generate links between businesses and the arts in the west.

Speakers said there is a wealth of cultural activity in the west, providing scope for arts organisations and business to work together for mutual benefits. AbaF Councillor and Managing Director of Aussie Home Loans, John Symond said: Partnerships with the arts can work for businesses of any size. To mix with creative people and link your brand with creative community activities provides a great bonus for staff and clients?

AbaF's Executive Director, Winsome McCaughey said: The people of Western Sydney will be the winners when there is more business support for the arts. Partnerships help the arts to prosper, and make business more creative.
The International Fair for Contemporary Art, September 26-30/2002

The Art Forum Berlin turns the classical white cube Gallery yet again as is shown by its brilliance of presentation. With familiarity and rememberence of origin the Gallery makes a great impression on the public and inspires a new course of function.
Artistic Director Sabrina Van Dirley and Project Manager Kirsten Günther blight through an everchanging tone reflecting in a way the structure and interior design much like the now modern art expressions are to our enviroments.
International Gallery of Art and Information
Ulandstraße, Berlin October 05/2002

Considering art for appreciation is an emotional yet formal process for investors and collectors. Showing efforts and workings of thought brings to life a craftsmanship that aesthetic onlookers have been missing. Qualities that again incorporate Berlins young and older artisans suggesting that a detailed idea is worth more.
Across the Bridge - Werktage Building Berlin-Mitte, September 3rd/2002

Built in the early 1900s, the Werktage is currently undergoing a renovation of it´s interior components and now houses not only the gallery and studio spaces, but also the craft- and print-shops and musical studios. The Werktage is an incredible environment for exhibitions, opening up the collected arts and producing an invigorating atmosphere to experience.
Across the Bridge, which began in 1996, has branched out far beyond it´s home in Long Island City with showings across the continents. This is hardly suprising since the artists themselves originate from all corners of the world including Venezuela, Italy, Germany, Peru and the U.S. With expansion has come transformation and the current form (what is another word for this, I am thinking as in evolution) of Across the Bridge is both inspiring and informative.
Commercial Producers had an early Christman present last year, courtesy of the Government. In an article in Prompt, published by the Theatrical Management Association in UK, Neil Adleman of Harbottle and Lewis explains how the grippingly titled "Financial Services and Markets Act 2000" is a vital piece legislation of which producers need to be aware.
"Cultural Industries and Technological Convergence" is the third course in the series on Redefining Cultural Identities and is going to held by the Inter-University Center for Post Graduate Studies (Dubrovnik) and the Institute for International Relations (Zagreb ) in Dubrovnik on 13 - 18 May 2002.
The course is planned to concentrate on cultural industries, aspects of technological convergence and on their influences on cultural consumption and cultural identities in the Southeastern European and Central European countries in transition.
The objective of the course is to provide an analytical insight into development of cultural industries, marketing and consumption of their products and use of related technologies. Possible influences on the processes of redefining of cultural identities in the Central and Southeast European post-socialist societies will be pointed out.
The specific positions available at an arts organization will depend on the organization's activities and the size of its budget and staff.
ACCESS, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the non-profit sector and those who wish to work in it, made an interview with Ande Diaz (Harvard Office of Career Services) about the specific situation for arts managers while job seeking. Her opinion: "Successful Arts Management Job Seekers Combine Artistic Passion with Non-profit Savvy".
Artts Skillcentre in United Kingdom offers a 100% hands-on, residential course covering all aspects of Television, Film, Theatre and Radio, specialising in Acting, Directing or Production Operations. 94% of the multi-skilled graduates are in regular employment in the entertainment industry
ARTTS SkillCentre provides trainees with the opportunity to mature in their chosen craft through the exploration of their instincts and the discovery of their creative talents - talents which they know instinctively exist, but are unable to develop without the necessary skills and disciplines.
Several of the authors of CANs essays about the field of community arts refer to a devastating RAND study of the financial prospects for U.S. performing-arts organizations. The same study, mentioned in APInews #25, has been quoted at every arts conference since it came out in September 2001.
Small organizations, its says, will probably survive by looking to their communities, and large organizations will harvest the big philanthropic bucks. Its the mid-sized groups that have to worry. The study, "The Performing Arts in a New Era" by Kevin McCarthy, Arthur Brooks, Julia Lowell and Laura Zakaras, costs $20 in paperback, but its available as a free download from RAND's Web site. The site also offers a quick-reading research brief.
Der Akt des Sammelns ist kein einfacher. Denn kulturelle Angelegenheiten haben politische Implikationen.
Im Rahmen der Projektreihe "storyline" besucht "schnittpunkt" die Schausammlungen von unterschiedlichsten Museen in Wien um aufzuspüren, welche Blickwinkel in den jeweiligen Dauerausstellungen präsentiert werden. Der Akt des Sammelns stellt ja im Selbstverständnis dieser Institutionen eine Kernaufgabe dar. Wie wird aber diese Kernaufgabe an die Öffentlichkeit getragen?
fuel4arts.com delivers free marketing tools and ideas to professional arts marketers and artists. The site operates as an online community with over 7,000 members from all over Australia and over 60 countries internationally, including: USA, UK, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.

fuel4arts assists the arts industry to meet the challenges of 21st century audiences by providing the latest in arts marketing resources, publications and networking opportunities. The website uses leading web technologies to
allow members to personalise the range of online marketing information to best meet their needs.

Membership is free and you can join up online to gain immediate access to all resources. fuel4arts content is sourced globally and served according to key marketing strategies, challenging many of the traditional approaches to arts marketing. Users can access the latest information on:
* Customer Service & Relationships
* Market Research & Audience Analysis
* Strategy & Tactics
* Subscriptions, Group Sales & Ticketing
* Advertising, Publicity, Promotion & Public Relations
* Database Marketing, Direct Mail, Telemarketing & Online
* New Audience Development
* Membership, Funding, Sponsorship and Philanthropy

Professor Joanne Scheff, co-author of 'Standing Room Only: Strategies for Marketing the Performing Arts' and consultant to arts organisations in the USA, Canada, South America and the UK, says:

"I am excited by the potential of fuel4arts - it's a unique and innovative arts marketing resource providing arts managers in Australia and around the globe easy access to highly valuable and timely information."

fuel4arts is produced by Ripe Online who has brought together a team of some of Australia's leading arts and online marketers and developers including Tim Roberts, Emily Walker and Tess Dryza.

fuel4arts is a project of the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government's arts funding and advisory body. The website was originally launched in 1998 in response to one of the Australia Council's Audience Development and Marketing Division's core goals of enhancing marketing practices and skills nationally.

...marketing tools and ideas to take your work further
TRANSFER - eine Publikation mit 60 Theaterstücken in 29 Sprachen. Das deutsche Kinder- und Jugendtheater ist im Ausland gefragt!
Princeton University has received a $1.9 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to create a national data archive for policy and the arts, the countrys first electronic archive of research data on the arts and culture. This rich new source of information, a repository of a vast range of research data that was previously difficult to access, will be available to policymakers, researchers, journalists and the public through the Internet.
Libraries have been part of the building boom that has characterized the cultural world internationally, and particularly the United States, over the last decade. Major new city center public libraries have been completed in Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Phoenix, San Antonio, Vancouver, Nîmes, Montpellier and Norwich, and more are presently under construction in Marseilles, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Major projects are planned for Milan, Turin, Amsterdam, Minneapolis and Birmingham, to name but a few. London and Paris have two massive new national libraries. And in Egypt, the new Library of Alexandria conjures up the fame of antiquity as the foundation for 21st century economic and cultural revival. Libraries are oddly fashionable, and the rest of the cultural sector is taking an increasing interest in their success and in the key drivers that have secured it...

1st Annual Ringling Cultural Policy Symposium
The Prospects of Privatization/The Cultural Market and Cultural Darwinism
Ringling Museum and Policy Center
Sarasota, Florida
February 13 - February 16, 2003
Conference themes: performing arts & festivals, state & local arts agencies, museums and visual arts, k-12 schooling, university art programs, foundations.
Papers on all arts & cultural policy approaches are welcome including audience development, privatization, aesthetics, management, institutional goals, school curriculum, arts porogramming. Contributions from social scientists are also welcome if they focus on policies focused on marketing and the arts, audience development, consumption of cultural products/aesthetics, funding, equity and access, or education.
PROPOSALS, SUBMISSIONS, DEADLINES: Those wishing to present a paper at the conference must submit an abstract of 150-250 words, along with completed proposal form. Deadline for submission for abstracts is OCTOBER 31, 2002. Abstracts must include: policy objective or questions; methodology and theoretical perspectives; mainfindings or conclusions. For complete information and proposal form, contact Charles Dorn, Arts Administration Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4480. 850-644-2158, fax 850-644-5067, cdorn@mailer.fsu.edu
Dirk Schuetz and Dirk Heinze were special guests of two meetings of professionals in the Canadian Arts and Heritage Sector. At September 12th both founders of this network joined the meeting of O-ACE-IS, an initiative of the Association of Cultural Executives (ACE) aimed at bringing arts professionals together to exchange experiences and connect with colleagues. At the session, co-sponsored by ACE and the Co-op Arts Management Program at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, John Brotman, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council, commented on his experiences this past year at the Council. About one hour before, the two German guests met the team of William Poole (University of Waterloo, ON) and talked about the future of learning and knowledge transfer for arts managers, especially inspired by a private demonstration of Dave Barr from Waterloo's famous Center of Cultural Management.
At September 13, Dirk Schuetz and Dirk Heinze went to the Canadian capital Ottawa, where they came together with about 15 cultural management representatives in Canada in the conference room of the Canada Council for the Arts. Beside a deeper interest in the current situation of arts financing in Germany behind the discussion of cutting the subsidies from federal or regional bodies, both sides were convinced in the fact, that the aspect of human resource development should come more in focus not only in Canada and Germany. First steps has been made with the case study "Creative Management in the Arts and Heritage: Sustaining and Renewing Professional Management for the 21st Century", just released with a first level by the Creative Management project partners.
The training of arts/cultural administrators in Taiwan is related to the development of Taiwans arts/cultural administration and the centralized system of the government. In this top-down system, the government has long played a leading role in the development of arts/cultural policies and enterprises. The Constitution of the Republic of China (Taiwan), established in 1946, Chapter 13, Section Five: Education and Culture, Article 164, 165 and 166 describes the basic principles for promoting arts/cultural enterprises. Article 164 says that:

Funds earmarked for education, science, and culture shall be, in respect of the Central government, not less than 15% of the total national budget; in respect of the Provincial government, not less than 25% of the total Municipal or County budget. Educational and cultural foundations established in accordance with law, and their property shall be protected (the Council of Cultural Affairs, 1995, p. 22-23).