International Perspectives on Performing Arts Management

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
206EIP credit 2 12 hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 41 to 51 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course will deveop student's overview of current topics in various areas of performing arts management in the United Kingdom.

Mode of study

Online lectures, case studies analysis.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Understaning of basic theory of arts mangement and cultural policy.

Course contents

I. Contemporary culture in the UK

A look at the current dynamics of contemporary Arts institutions in the UK with a particular focus on The Performing Arts offer across all scales from National to local organisations. What does the overall ecosystem look like? How do producing companies like new writing Ensemble Menagerie and venues like The Cambridge Junction (Music, Theatre and Dance) thrive and survive?

II. Funding and Cultural Policy in the UK and across Europe

The funding landscape is evolving and a ‘survival of the fittest’ has been combined with a drive for ‘diversity and inclusion’ across all sectors of the performing arts – what are the new priorities and focuses for funders – in particular the main funding body of the UK: Arts Council England?

II. Art as a Business? – The Artistic Value Proposition

What are audiences looking for in Performing Arts? How do we attract them, nurture them and retain them? What is the Value Proposition of each organisation and project they produce, and how do they ‘sell’ that offer to artists, audiences, funders and supporters?

IV. Business Models for arts organisations

What new business models are emerging for the ‘new normal’ ecosystem for Performing Arts organisations? Looking at recent examples from across Europe as developed through Trans Europe Halles New Business Model Initiative including examples of expanding into Arts Based Training.

V. Festivals – festival management and audiences

A look at the management of festivals of various scales from The Edinburgh Fringe to Glastonbury including the running of University Festivals and community celebrations. What are the challenges and opportunities in audience, artist and financial management?

VI. Touring and collaboration – national and international projects

Touring in the UK and across Europe. What are the opportunities and challenges in co-producing and touring new work (Performing Arts) – for festivals and short term engagements? How are they financed, marketed and managed logistically?

Recommended or required reading

Langley, D., Royce, S.:Business planning guidance for arts and cultural organisations (accessible in e-library of KP DAMU)

Bourne, P.: Arts and Business, rozhovor in Moderní řízení, červenec - srpen 2017 (accessible in e-library of KP DAMU)

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