Reviewer copies on arts management

Are you interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest developments, research, and projects in international arts management? Then our review copies may be of interest for you. You can choose any of the books listed below in exchange for a review. Just write us an e-mail: 

Liam Dee, Against Art and Culture, Springer 2018.

Offering a negative definition of art in relation to the concept of culture, this book establishes the concept of ‘art/culture’ to describe the unity of these two fields around named-labour, idealised creative subjectivity and surplus signification. Contending a conceptual and social reality of a combined ‘art/culture’, this book demonstrates that the failure to appreciate the dynamic totality of art and culture by its purported negators is due to almost all existing critiques of art and culture being defences of a ‘true’ art or culture against ‘inauthentic’ manifestations, and art thus ultimately restricting creativity to the service of the bourgeois commodity regime.

Elisa Innerhofer, Harald Pechlaner, Elena Borin (Eds.), Entrepreneurship in Culture and Creative Industries. Perspectives from Companies and Regions, Springer 2018.

This book explains and analyzes entrepreneurship and cultural management issues in the creative and cultural sectors and discusses the impacts of economic, social and structural changes on cultural entrepreneurship. The expert contributions investigate the role of cultural entrepreneurship in regional and destination management and development by presenting best practice examples.

Rekha S. Rajan, Ivonne Chand O'Neal (Eds.), Arts Evaluation and Assessment. Measuring Impact in Schools and Communities, Springer 2018.

This book addresses the challenges faced by arts organizations, schools, and community-based settings when designing program evaluations and measuring artistic engagement and experience. With contributions from leaders in the field, this volume is an exemplary collection of complete program evaluations that assess music, theater, dance, multimedia, and the visual arts in a variety of contexts.

Peter Wynn-Moylan, Risk and Hazard Management for Festivals and Events, Routledge 2018.

This book provides students with a comprehensive, fully integrated planning and management mechanism that can be applied to events of all types and size. The Event Safety Management System provides guidelines and processes for proactive methods to identify, assess and control hazardous conditions and practices. The system incorporates design of festival venues and sites, and unites the operational functions of crowd control, communications, security, terrorism prevention processes and emergency response protocols.

Benita Lipps, Engaging Stages: Good Practice in Creative Audience Development, DaVinci Institute Editions 2017.

Engaging Stages is a hands-on guide for theatre makers and creative leaders to inform and inspire about strategic approaches to public engagement. Published by the Theatron Engaging Stages Network Europe, it contains 30 contributions and case studies from 17 leading performing arts organisations in 10 European countries.

Constance DeVereaux, Arts and Cultural Management. Sense and Sensibilities in the State of the Field, Routledge 2018.

Arts and Cultural Management: Sense and Sensibilities in the State of the Field opens a conversation that is much needed for anyone identifying arts management or cultural management as primary areas of research, teaching, or practice. In the evolution of any field arises the need for scrutiny, reflection, and critique, as well as to display the advancements and diversity in approaches and thinking that contribute to a discipline’s forward progression. While no one volume could encompass all that a discipline is or should be, a representational snapshot serves as a valuable benchmark.

Jim Volz, Introduction to Arts Management, Bloomsbury Publishing 2017.

ntroduction to Arts Management offers a unique, dynamic and savvy guide to managing a performing or visual arts organization, be that an arts center, theatre, museum, art gallery, symphony orchestra, or other arts company. For those training to enter the industry, workers in arts administration, or those seeking to set up their own company, the wealth of expert guidance and direct, accessible style of this authoritative manual will prove indispensable.

Paul Saintilan, David Schreiber, Managing Organizations in the Creative Economy. Organizational Behaviour for the Cultural Sector, Routledge 2018.

The creative and cultural industries represent a growing and important sector in the global economy. Thriving in these industries is particularly tough and organizations face unique challenges in the digital age. This textbook provides a vivid initiation into the creative industries workplace.

Barbara Lüneburg, TransCoding – From `Highbrow Art' to Participatory Culture. Social Media – Art – Research, transcript 2018.

Between 2014 and 2017, the artistic research project "Transcoding – From `Highbrow Art' to Participatory Culture" encouraged creative participation in multimedia art via social media. Based on the artworks that emerged from the project, Barbara Lüneburg investigates authorship, authority, motivational factors, and aesthetics in participatory art created with the help of web 2.0 technology. The interdisciplinary approach includes perspectives from sociology, cultural and media studies, and offers an exclusive view and analysis from the inside through the method of artistic research.

Biljana Mickov, James E. Doyle (ed.), Culture, Innovation and the Economy, Routledge 2018.

This is a handbook for the cultural entrepreneur, offering some of the best examples on practice, franchises, research, innovation and business opportunities in the cultural sector. The key theme is the contribution and possibilities of the cultural economy as a business, with a strong supporting subtext on innovative practice.

Josephine Caust, Arts Leadership in Contemporary Contexts, Routledge 2018.

This book explores and critiques different aspects of arts leadership within contemporary contexts. While this is an exploration of ways arts leadership is understood, interpreted and practiced, it is also an acknowledgement of a changing cultural and economic paradigm. Understanding the broader environment for the arts is therefore part of the leadership imperative.

Bas Lafleur, Wietske Maas, Susanne Mors (ed.), Courageous Citizens. How Culture Contributes to Social Change, Valiz with the European Cultural Foundation 2018.

Courageous Citizens focuses on those whose daring, sharing, and inventing contribute to our collective future, and for whom cultura and democracy are the starting points for vision and action. The cycle of (re-)thinking, doing, and changing that is inherent in remodelling the way we view the world and concurrently the potential of culture to contribute to positive social change is addressed through three key themes: Diversity and Equality; Communities and Democracy; Fragmentation and Solidarity.

Alice Loy, Tom Aageson, Creative Economy Entrepreneurs, Creative Startups 2018.

This book is intended to fuel the global Creative Economy movement, energizing leaders—like you!—who strive to build resilient economies, engage youth, create jobs, and spark wealth formation. In this book, the creative entrepreneurs is often highlighted bypassed by traditional “tech” accelerators, economic development strategies, and private sector investors. We show how placing creative industries entrepreneurs at the center of economic development strategies is not only effective, but essential.

David stevenson, Managing Organisational Success in the Arts, routledge 2018.

This edited collection seeks to challenge the narrative about arts organisations of crisis, collapse, and closure through pursuing a focus on organisational success. It offers an in depth analysis of nine international case studies exploring how different organisations have achieved their objectives through effectively managing their resources. Spanning a broad cross section of the cultural sector, these cases highlight the importance of examining an individual organisationÂ’s success in relation to its environmental context, providing inspiration and encouragement for those wishing to emulate such success. 


"What is arts and cultural management?" remains an open question. This State of the Discipline offers a benchmark for those interested in the evolution and development of arts and cultural management as a branch of knowledge alongside more established disciplines of research and scholarship. While no one volume could encompass all that a discipline is or should be, this representational snapshot serves as a valuable benchmark.