1st Edition

Managing the Arts and Culture Cultivating a Practice

Edited By Constance DeVereaux Copyright 2023
    440 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    440 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Managing cultural organizations requires insight into a range of areas including marketing, fundraising, programming, finances, and leadership. This book integrates practical and theoretical insights, blending academic and practitioner voices to help readers "speak the language" in the creative industries.

    Including coverage of the management of theaters, dance companies, galleries, and performance spaces, evaluation, marketing, fundraising, activism, and policy, the book benefits from a range of features, including:

    • Scenarios to help orient readers to common arts management problems
    • Ethical dilemmas discussed in every chapter
    • Study questions to enable students to review the skills learned
    • Experiential exercises to gain experience and apply skills
    • Emphasis on cross-cultural and transferrable skills
    • Integration of international perspectives
    • Suggested additional readings and website links for each topic area

    With contributions from a team of international experts, this book provides a one-stop-shop for students of arts and cultural management and will also provide a valuable resource for those currently in the field.

    Part I: Cultural Management Practices

    1. Financial Management for Decision-Making in the Arts (Constance DeVereaux)

    2. Fundraising in the Arts (Victoria D. Alexandra and Oonagh Murphy)

    3. Arts Marketing (David Ocón)

    4. Facilities Management (Jim Richerson)

    5. Evaluation in the Arts (Annabel Jackson)

    Part II: Performing and Visual Arts Management

    6. Managing Art Galleries (Melissa Rachleff)

    7. Theatre Management through Successful Collaboration (Patrick J. Ebewo and Rachael Diang'a)

    8. Orchestra Leadership (Njörður Sigurjónsson) 

    9. Festival Management Practices (Olga Kolokytha)

    10. Cultural Work (Johanna Schindler)

    Part III: Law, Policy, and Advocacy

    11. Cultural Policy (Constance DeVereaux) 

    12. Art Activism and Community Engagement (Simone Wesner) 

    13. Law and the Arts (Constance DeVereaux)


    Constance DeVereaux is Director of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management at the University of Connecticut, USA. She is a former Executive Editor of the Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, and currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cultural Management and Cultural Policy and on the executive editorial board of Culture et Gouvernance Locale.

    "This is now a central book on this subject, and a leader in terms of its international multi-author and authoritative explication of every major dimension of management, organisation, and production of the arts. It pushes beyond the traditional topics of ‘arts management’ to include the vital subjects of leadership, policy, law, and community engagement." Jonathan Vickery, Director, Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick, UK

    "An excellent resource both for students looking to understand how the arts are approached and managed in the world today, as well as for practitioners looking to expand their understanding of how arts management works.  The international perspective brings knowledge from around the world to inform readers of best practices and the theories that support them. Regardless of the specific artform one works in, this book is a vital resource that explores both the peculiarities of arts management in general as well as exploring the unique positions that are discipline specific." Anthony Rhine, Clinical Associate of Management, Pace University, USA

    "This highly readable and impeccably researched volume is a tremendous addition to the arts and culture literature. A consistent and much-appreciated effort has been made to unite research and practice as necessary and complementary parts of the same whole, providing readers with vital tools that are grounded in time-tested theory." Travis Newton, Le Moyne College, USA and author of  Orchestra Management Handbook

    "The book provides a holistic perspective on creative industries, both in terms of theory and practice, also covering different sectors and specializations. Creative industries were at the frontline during the pandemics and better understanding like the one provided by this book is extremely needed to fully support their recovery and growth.  The diversity of authors in terms of expertise and focus exhibits the right combination of attributes to make out of this book an outstanding contribution to the field of cultural management." Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway, University of Barcelona, Spain 

    "This textbook provides a timely look at multiple facets of the creative industries with international representation, in a way that speaks to the increasing overlap of theoretical and practical work. At a time when practitioners are expected to know and benefit from past lessons in the field, it will equip readers with those lessons and the ability to articulate the theoretical underpinnings of their management decisions." Brea Heidelberg, Drexel University, USA