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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Arts Management

ISBN 9781032089324
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
502 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Arts Management contains perspectives from international scholars, educators, consultants, and practitioners sharing opinions, exploring important questions, and raising concerns about the field. The book will stimulate conversations, foster curiosity, and open pathways to different cultural, philosophical, ideological, political, national, and generational insights.

Four broad thematic areas are used to organize current topics in the field of arts and culture management. Part I introduces a mixture of perspectives about the history and evolution of the practice and study of arts management, the role of arts managers, and how arts management is being impacted by the digital age. Part II focuses on the dynamics of entrepreneurship, change processes, and leadership practices. Part III includes globally focused topics on cultural policy, cultural rights, and community building. Part IV examines a sampling of topics related to functional activities that are common to arts and culture organizations around the world such as marketing, planning, increasing diversity, hiring, fundraising, and sustainability.

This book builds a comprehensive understanding of what arts management can mean in an international context creating an essential resource for students, scholars and reflective practitioners involved at the intersection of business and the arts.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Evolving Field of Arts Management and the Expanding Roles of Arts Managers  Part 2: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Transformational Change Part 3: Developing Communities and Evolving Cultural Policy Part 4: Arts Organizations: Strategic Management, Marketing, and Fundraising

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William J. Byrnes is Professor Emeritus of Arts Administration at Southern Utah University, USA.

Aleksandar Brkic is Lecturer at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE), Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, covering the fields of cultural/arts management and cultural policy.


'An important and timely volume, which will help stimulate a global conversation about arts management and its future. The text combines theoretical and critical perspectives with the examination of key technological, cultural, social and economic trends, and with reflections on practices from the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. The book will be of interest to researchers, educators, cultural practitioners and managers wishing to engage with innovative thinking in this field, beyond traditionally dominant Western paradigms.' -- Franco Bianchini, Professor of Cultural Policy, University of Hull, UK

'This book is a must-have for all enthusiasts, serious students and the curious in this field. William J. Byrnes and Aleksandar Brkic have done an amazing job in compiling a global and condensed, yet comprehensive body of work which should serve as a guide in events and cultural management.' -- Joe Sidek, Festival Director, George Town Festival, Malaysia (2010–2018)

'A timely addition to the ever-evolving field of arts and culture management. Byrnes and Brkic have selected a diverse group of authors—experts in branding, ED&I, community engagement, policy, revenue strategy, business and fund development, HR and leadership—whose strategic focus is most useful and helpful when taken as a proactive intervention.' -- Sherry Henry-Wagner, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA