1st Edition

Business Issues in the Arts

Edited By Anthony Rhine, Jay Pension Copyright 2023
    318 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Business Issues in the Arts is a text designed to address some of the most prescient business issues that nonprofit arts organizations face today. This text is not a how-to but an in-depth dive into fourteen topics and their associated theories to augment learning in arts administration programs.

    With contributions from leading academics in arts administration, the book guides readers through an exploration of those topics which have been found by practitioners to be most vital and least explored. Chapters include numerous case examples to illustrate business theory in the artistic and creative environment. The academic contributors themselves each come with both professional backgrounds and research experience, and they are each introduced at the start of their chapters, allowing for a collection of voices to navigate through some oftentimes challenging topics.

    This book is designed for an advanced undergraduate course or a stand-alone graduate course on the intersection of business and management and the cultural and creative industries, especially those focusing on business issues in the arts.

    Introduction: How to Use This Book 

    1. Understanding Nonprofit Organizations

    Jen Budney 

    2. Nonprofit Startups in the Arts

    Hannah Grannemann 

    3. Board Governance in the Arts

    Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension 

    4. Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) in Cultural Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities

    Antonio C. Cuyler 

    5. Conversational Budgets and Financial Management in the Arts

    Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension 

    6. Intellectual Property and Licensing and the Arts

    Elaine Hendriks Smith 

    7. Unions and Contracts in the Arts

    Julia Atkins 

    8. Negotiations in the Arts

    Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension 

    9. The Engagement Edge

    Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension 

    10. Rural and Regional Arts Organizations

    Elise Lael Kieffer 

    11. Partnerships and Collaborations in the Arts

    Yifan Xu 

    12. Human Resource Law in the Arts

    Brea M. Heidelberg 

    13. Agents and Agencies in the Arts

    Julia Atkins 

    14. OSHA, ADA, and Other Government Mandates

    Elise Lael Kieffer


    Anthony Rhine is Professor of Management and Management Science at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City. He previously worked as a theatre executive, running multi-million-dollar and Tony-nominated theatre companies.

    Jay Pension teaches theatre and arts administration at Florida State University. He has worked as a theatre producer on over 100 productions in Boston and New York City.

    "I highly recommend Business Issues in the Arts by Jay Pension and Anthony S. Rhine because it’s a one-stop shop resource for Arts Administration and Management students, practitioners, educators, researchers, and others. The book speaks to the most important business issues facing nonprofit arts organizations today. It covers all the business issues, from human resources in the arts to unions and start-ups, that one would need to have a full grasp of leading a nonprofit arts organization." Amanda Alexander, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas Arlington, USA.