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                 Arts Management Newsletter No.31 (2/2004)
             An information service by Arts Management Network
                           ISSN 1610-238X


Dear readers,

during the recent days and weeks, we have collected a lot of upcoming conferences in order to give you an overview, what's going on in the arts management scene either in your region and your professional area. You can browse the online calendar to pick up the information, or use the conference section in each newsletter to have a first impression. Some events are introduced in detail, and with the help of our correspondent team we always try to take part on selected conferences to write a review or summary.

Another section which is frequently updated is the bookstore. Whereever a new publication is launched dedicated for arts managers, you should find it at http://www.artsmanagement.net/Books.html More and more publications in other languages than English will be added. Currently we have 247 Books in our database, sorted by 23 categories. If you purchase the books with our partner, Amazon.com, you can directly support the further grow of our network. And please give us a hint or submit the item online, if you find new books for museum managers, arts fund raisers, curators, or cultural policy makers. 

In a few days, 20 correspondents will meet in Hamburg. Beside a presentation of our network at the eldest arts management course in Germany, we continue our work for developing clear standards of how to report and communicate. To offer an additional benefit to our members, we come together with local arts managers to speak about experiences, needs and ideas from both sides. In 2004, we'd like to expand the correspondent team with more international members. We are always looking for experts from various fields and countries to be better connected with the latest developments and trends there. If you are interested in joining this team and be a part of our exciting network, please contact us.

Dirk Schuetz and Dirk Heinze


                                TABLE OF CONTENT


 1. News: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Audience Development Agency
 2. News: Cities find support of arts boosts jobs, tourism, vitalilty
 3. News: Museum Store Purchases Benefit Recipient and Museum
 4. News: Research will aid arts fundraising 
 5. Introduction: Mediacult
 6. Resource: Organizational Structure of Russian State Museums
 7. Resource: Best Practices in Museum Website Design
 8. Book: The Cultural Economy of Cities  
 9. Book: Entrepreneurial Arts Leader
10. Book: Festival and Special Event Management  
11. Education: Cultural Management in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
12. Preview: Arts Administration Educators Conference in Dallas TX
13. Preview: Museum and the Web 2004, Airlington VA, USA
14. List of all upcoming conferences


                             NEWS & STORIES


1. News: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Audience Development Agency

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has agreed to pursue an action research-based implementation plan to establish an Audience Development Agency and Online-Line Box Office System
In the last Arts Council meeting, Andrew Muir presented the various components of the proposal: the anticipated needs of the sector; the possible operational framework for meeting these needs; benefits to the  organisations involved; identified suppliers. He concluded by saying that this project was unique and an essential step towards acquiring real market intelligence, within a system which offered value for money.
The Chief Executive Sarah O'Connor explained the genesis of the proposal and how it had developed to this stage. The Council had sought to obtain the greatest expertise in putting this together. She said it fitted squarely within work being done with e-government and suggested that the tabled paper  might allay some fears in terms of how the project might now be rolled out.  This had also taken account of the concerns expressed at the previous meeting. Council was free to accept the  proposal, reject it or implement parts of it in phased stages. Andrew Muir went on to clarify the costs (up to £1.35 m to implement the system) and the comparative costs of a centralised system and stand-alone servers for all of the venues involved.

More: http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/

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2. News: Cities find support of arts boosts jobs, tourism, vitalilty

Can the arts really help the local economy? The evidence suggests that the answer is yes.
Studies done in the Cleveland area and Midwestern cities such as Indianapolis, Chicago and Pittsburgh show that the arts generate many millions of dollars.
Arts and cultural organizations also employ significant numbers of skilled workers, including union members. They spend money on services and supplies and pull in audiences who also patronize nearby businesses. They help revive neighborhoods, attract tourists and new residents and give rise to other enterprises such as restaurants, hotels and retail shops. But here's a tougher question: Does spending tax dollars on the arts give the local economy any more of a boost?
[Carolyn Jack, in: The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, 02/15/04]

More: http://www.artsjournal.com/artsissues/redir/20040215-39504.html 

3. News: Museum Store Purchases Benefit Recipient and Museum

 Framed prints for art lovers, science kits for budding Einsteins, historically accurate reproductions for history buffs — for unusual gifts that also give back to local cultural institutions, museum stores are the place to shop this holiday season.
Savvy shoppers make the rounds to museum stores to find meaningful, high quality gifts that won’t be duplicated by Aunt Sally. Many museum stores develop unique products — from Autry Rose Cowboy Boots at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage (Los Angeles) to a Jeweled Trellis Egg Pendant at Hillwood Museum and Gardens (Washington, D.C.) — that aren’t available at any mall or big-box store.
[from: Museum Store Association]

More: http://www.museumdistrict.com/About/PR_12-9-03Shopping.cfm

4. News: Research will aid arts fundraising 

Nonprofit performing arts didn't have good, reliable research on attendance or it's audience -- until now. The Performing Arts Research Coalition chose 10 cities around the country for an in-depth study – including Austin. The study found that 75 percent of Austinites attended a dance, opera, symphonic concert or theater performance in the last year.
[News 8 Austin , 1/16/2004]

More: http://www.news8austin.com/content/headlines/?ArID=95167&SecID=2

5. Introduction: Mediacult

The institute was founded in 1969 with the support of important international organisations (Unesco, International Music Council, International Theatre Institute, International Association for Music Education a.o.). Since its foundation, MEDIACULT has been in close contact with the University for Music and Performing Arts of Vienna, on whose premises the Institute is situated. Close co-operation with the Institute for Music Sociology especially facilitates the combination of research work and concrete artistic production and training. With its foundation in 1969, the mutual influence of cultural production, technological development and cultural policy has been the centre of the Institute’s work in research and mediation. Accordingly, in the 60s and 70s the new technical possibilities of the presentation of music (television, stereophony, etc.) and their effect on the systems of art and cultural policy was in the centre of research. In the 80s and 90s the digital technologies
  of production and distribution (CD, Computer, Internet, etc.) and the globalization of the culture industries gained prominence.(See the relevant publications and research reports). MEDIACULT research thus centres on new communication technologies and globalization, international cultural industry and current concepts and positions of cultural policy. Since 1997, the Institute’s work has been composed of three thematic sections:
- New communication technologies, art and culture
- Global music market – music in Austria
- Cultural policy and cultural development

More: http://www.mdw.ac.at/mediacult/en/main.html


                                 BOOKS & RESOURCES


6. Resource: Organizational Structure of Russian State Museums

This paper reports on a study of the organizational structure of Russian state museums in the period 1990 to 2001. Innovations such as the creation of museum branches and charitable societies and foundations have together led to the current multi-organizational structure in Russia’s museum sector. The author compares the policies of Russian museums with those in developed countries and, in addition, explores the evolution of museum organizational structures in Russia and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of select museum organizational structures in transitional economies.
[International Journal of Arts Management, Winter 2004]

Details: http://www.hec.ca/ijam/625.htm
(Complete paper available only in print magazine)

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7. Resource: Best Practices in Museum Website Design

This website explores the best practices for museum website design. It offers tools and resources, models and examples for museum professionals to consider when building your own educational website.
You can find:
- guidelines for conceptualizing and planning;
- considerations for visual design, navigation, and technology
- Tools and resources to host, maintain, and promote your website
The website is available in English and French, provided by the University of Victoria (BC, Canada)
Details: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/crmp/museumwebsites/

8. Book: The Cultural Economy of Cities  

Culture is big business. It is at the root of many urban regeneration schemes throughout the world. It is also one of the leaders of the post-Fordist economic revolution, yet the economy of culture is under-theorized and under-developed. 
In this wide-ranging and penetrating volume by Allen J. Scott, the economic logic and structure of the modern cultural industries is explained. The connection between cultural production and urban-industrial concentration is demonstrated and the book shows why global cities are the homelands of the modern cultural industries. This book covers many sectors of cultural economy, from craft industries such as clothing and furniture, to modern media industries such as cinema and music recording. 
The role of the global city as a source of creative and innovative energy is examined in detail, with particular attention paid to Paris and Los Angeles. The book provides an invaluable discussion of the political economy of cultural commodities and of the predicaments associated with the increasing commercialization and globalization of culture. It will be required reading for serious students of sociology, cultural studies and geography.

Details: http://www.artsmanagement.net/Books-id-521.html

9. Book: Entrepreneurial Arts Leader

In a time of static funding levels, where marketing strategies are lauded as the saviour for the arts, leadership is often overlooked as a legitimate means of supporting the arts. To enable leadership to support the arts, it is essential to understand the temper of cultural policy, both historic and current, and then to build on the findings to develop the characteristics of effective arts leadership. Why entrpreneurial arts leadership? This book provides the answer through historical analysis, case studies and a survey of arts leaders, during one of the more challenging periods of cultural industry evolution.
The ""Entrepreneurial Arts Leader - Cultural Policy, Change and Reinvention" by Ruth Rentschler (Melbourne) is grounded in an understanding of cultural policy, management, art history, entrpreneurship and creativity, and is cross-disciplinary. It features a comprehensive bibliography and models of entrpreneurial arts leaders, and will be of seminal importance to arts managers, administrators, cultural makers and students.

Details: http://www.artsmanagement.net/Books-id-520.html

10. Book: Festival and Special Event Management  

This Australian content-based book edited by Johnny Allen, Ian McDonnell, William O'Toole and Rob Harris provides anyone involved in event management with an introduction to the principles associated with planning, managing and staging festivals and special events. This book presents the study of festival and special event management, introducing readers to the concepts of festival and event planning, management, stage and logistic management, the importance of marketing and promotion, and event evaluation and reporting.

More: http://www.artsmanagement.net/Books-id-524.html


                            EDUCATION & TRAINING


11. Education: Cultural Management in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

The MA Cultural Management prepares graduates for careers as arts and cultural managers within the expanding and increasingly professional cultural sector. The course acts as an entry point for those seeking a career in cultural management, or may be used to enhance existing abilities and qualifications to progress through to management level for those already working within the cultural sector, providing an excellent opportunity for Continuing Professional Development. 
For those undertaking the MA by taught mode, the core knowledge is covered in the first semester, with the second semester allowing for a degree of optional choices and specialisation. The taught work is followed by a placement within an arts or cultural organisation of the student's own choice, and is an opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical skills. The MA aims to equip students with vocationally relevant skills appropriate to this level of study. It develops an understanding of the processes necessary for managing cultural enterprises, as well as financial management, marketing and relevant technologies. It also imparts an understanding of the relevance of current policy and policy-making bodies on a regional, national and European basis. Students are helped to acquire the skills needed at Masters level, including the ability to think critically and evaluate information. The dissertation offers the opportunity to undertake independent research within
  the expanding field of arts and cultural management, under the supervision of a designated tutor.

Details: http://www.artsmanagement.net/viewEducation_region-3.html




12. Preview: Arts Administration Educators Conference in Dallas TX

The 2004 Annual AAAE Conference will be hosted by Southern Methodist University's Arts Administration program at the Westin City Center Hotel in Dallas from April 22-24.
The conference theme is "The Road from Education to Practice” and continues AAAE’s work on content standards and program development for arts administration education, which comprise several approaches to teaching methodology and technology. Workshop topics include experimental learning, online teaching, self-assessment and standard setting for arts administration programs. The conference emphasizes the connection between theory and practice and explores the challenges arts administrators’ educators face today. It will discuss several ways of integrating practical experience in the curriculum, such as national and international internships and production laboratories.
The AAAE conference provides first-hand information about current trends and issues in the arts administration world. It is an extraordinary international communication platform and a unique opportunity for peer learning for program directors, faculty members and students. Renowned experts from around the world will attend this year's meeting in Dallas. A resource room for members will provide the opportunity to exchange recent research findings and relevant materials for the field.

Details: http://www.artsadministration.org/

13. Preview: Museum and the Web 2004, Airlington VA, USA

The formal program this year will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions, museum project demonstrations, dozens of commercial exhibits, full-day and half-day pre-conference workshops, and one-hour mini-workshops combined with a day-long usability lab, a day- long design "crit room", and the Best of the Web awards. All papers presented at MW2004 are peer reviewed. A selection will be available in print from Archives & Museum Informatics; all papers for MW2004 will be available on-line.
More than 35 countries were represented at MW2003, which taken place from March 31 to April 3rd in Airlington VA, which is near Washington DC.

Further information: http://www.archimuse.com/mw2004

14. List of all upcoming conferences

02/18       Creative Industries in Asia and Europe, Copenhagen DK
02/23       6th Australian Performing Arts Market, Adelaide, AU
02/26       New Vices/Hidden Histories, Dundee/Scotland UK
03/04-03/06 Asia-Europe marketplace for sharing cultural heritage, Singapore
03/14-03/19 Seminar about Library Information Services, Bretby, UK
03/17-03/20 USITT Annual Conference (Theatre Technology), Long Beach CA, USA
03/18       7th US/ICOMOS International Symposium, Natchitoches LA, USA
03/27       World Theatre Day
03/29       Arts Advocacy Day 2004, Washington DC, USA
03/31-04/03 Museums and the Web 2004, Airlington VA, USA
04/05-04/07 Creative Space, Leicester
04/15-04/17 IAMA Conference (Artist Management), Genoa I
04/22-04/24 AAAE Conference (Arts Administration Educators), Dallas TX, USA
04/23-04/30 Int.Festival of New Technologies, Art & Communication, Bilbao E
04/29       Institute of Fundraising South West Conference, Bristol UK

[Your conference is not listed? Please submit your event online now!]

All events to be found in the calendar at http://www.artsmanagement.net




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