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Since 2000, we provide our international network for arts and business. The website and our newsletter became popular among professionals in the arts and the creative sector. With its global perspective, our network is a valuable resource for academics, students, researchers, regional and national authorities, business people and journalists. Please feel invited to browse through the various collections for articles and features on books, courses, conferences and web resources. Feel also invited to send us your feedback or contributions to make this independent network even better.

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Dirk Schütz (CEO) and Kristin Oswald (editor), Weimar, Germany



CfP: 9th Midterm Conference on Sociology of the Arts and Creativity

The 9th Midterm Conference of the Research Network Sociology of the Arts and Creativity on "Working on Identity and Differences" will take place September 8th-10th 2016 it the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, Portugal. Co-organizers are the European Sociological Association and the Thematic Section Art, Culture and Communication of the Portuguese Association of Sociology. The ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts aims to provide the sociological contexts for understanding the multifaceted and interwoven aspects which characterize the art worlds in societies nowadays. The general topic of this Conference focuses on arts and creativity, questioning the processes through which in an increasingly global, open, di erent and multicultural world artistic creativity is (re)defined, fostered, evaluated and asserted. Proposals can be submitted until February 15th, 2016.

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 10, 2015

Orchestra Development by strategy: A best practice example from the Netherlands

Most professional orchestras today are confronted with growing difficulties to make ends meet. The South Netherlands Philharmonic (SNPh) is the result of severe cuts in Netherlands state subsidies for the arts. These cuts resulted in the merger of two former orchestras into the SNPh. In the past running an orchestra was first an artistic task, and to lead an orchestra meant to concentrate on artistic values. Today, it has become a complex management issue. The SNPh started in 2013 after extensive strategic financial and managerial approaches were made. At the beginning of its third season the new orchestra is now widely seen as a successful artistic body and a flourishing arts-institution with a close relationship to its region. Stefan Rosu, the orchestra's first director general and artistic director, describes for us this fast and astonishing development.

Management Topic: Organisation & Leadership
Cultural Area: Music+Concert
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 18, 2015

Using Data to Inform Decision-making in the Arts: A look at the SMU National Center for Arts Research

NCAR, the U.S. National Center for Arts Research, provides evidence-based insights into the national arts and cultural community. As arts organizations fall on a spectrum with regard to their relationships with data,  NCAR wants to enable their leaders to use data strategically to overcome challenges, transform their institutions in a sustainable way and increase impact. Marla Teyolia, Associate Director at NCAR, shows in this introduction that the research methods and tools provided by NCAR can be helpful for every arts leader to measure and improve the work of her organization, even if not situated in the U.S.

Management Topic: Organisation & Leadership
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Nov 03, 2015

Call for Papers, Workshops, Events & Activities: Museum Next Dublin

For the last seven years MuseumNext conferences have focused on the future of museums and how the sector is forging ahead, showcasing innovative ideas and delivering thought-provoking insight. The Museum Next team continues to do so with the next conference taking place in Dublin in April 2016 and is looking for speakers to deliver energetic and inspiring 20-minute presentations. Deadline for Workshops, Events & Activities is Friday 13 November 2015. Deadline for Paper Submissions is Friday 27 November.

Management Topic: Marketing & Communication
Cultural Area: Museum+Visual Arts
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 26, 2015

Call for Articles/ Presenters: 11th International Conference on the Arts in Society

The 11th International Conference on the Arts in Society will be taking place from 10 to 12 August 2016 at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. The topics are Arts Education, Arts Theory and History, New Media, Technology, and the Arts as well Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts. The 2016 Special Focus is The Practice of Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. Articles as well as conference proposals should be submitted until July 2016. The main difference between proposals for article submission and proposals for presentation is that a proposal for presentation allows you to present at the conference and submit an article for potential publication in the journal. A proposal for article submission is a direct application to submit to the journal, and must be accepted before you can submit your full article for potential publication.

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 22, 2015

CfP: The Upside of Cultural Differences for the International Journal Cross Cultural Management

Current theory and research in cross-cultural management tends to emphasize the “dark side” of culture by focusing predominantly on the adverse outcomes associated with differences while de-emphasizing the positive role of cultural diversity in organizations. Scholars have argued that the overemphasis on the negative in existing research on culture in international management has hindered our understanding of the processes and conditions that help organizations leverage the benefits of diversity in a wide range of contexts, such as development of strategic capabilities, decisions on foreign direct investment, synergy creation in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, learning through cross-border knowledge-sharing, and unleashing of creative potential in diverse teams. The goal of this special issue of "Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal" about "The Upside of Cultural Differences: Towards a More Balanced Treatment of Culture in Cross-Cultural Management Research" is to showcase research that sheds light on the positive dynamics and outcomes associated with cultural differences in a wide range of contexts. We recognize that the traditional, problem-focused perspective on cultural differences does have merits; and that the idea that diversity creates opportunities rather than problems is not a new one.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Oct 13, 2015

ARThinkSouthAsia Fellowship 2015

ARThinkSouthAsia, a program in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, is addressed to today’s cultural practitioners. ARThinkSouthAsia is an initiative of the South Asian network of Goethe Institutes - the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and The British Council - The United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and held in cooperation with Khoj International Artists’ Association.

Management Topic: Job & Training
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 29, 2015

Nesta and CCI: Taking the Creative Economy Seriously. How to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force

While prepairing our next AMN newsletter about new developments and research in Cultural Entrepreneurship, we came across this article by Hasan Bakhshi, who is founding member of the British government’s Creative Industries Council, director for Creative Economy in Policy & Research at Nesta's, deviser of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England, Scotland and Wales and much more. In 2013, he wrote a contribution for us about "Nesta and CCI: Taking the Creative Economy Seriously. How to bolster the status of the creative industries as a serious economic force" that hasn't lost any of it's relevance and can be transferred to a lot of countries at least in the western world. At Nesta's, he has also been one of the three makers of the Nesta/CCI study „A Dynamic Mapping of the UK's Creative Industries“. His "Manifesto for the Creative Industries" proposes ten system recommendations for a fresh policy that establishes the creative industries as a serious economic force throughout Europe and beyond.

Management Topic: Policy & Research
Cultural Area: Creative Industries
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Sep 17, 2015

CfP: Classical:Next 2016 Rotterdam

It has once again come to that time of year where Classical:NEXT begins its hunt for the best and brightest in art music. To offer an exceptional programme in Rotterdam on May 25-28 2016, Classical:NEXT assembles a handpicked selection of artists, speakers and projects each year. The organizers are calling for outstanding “NEXT” artists and classical music projects as well as future-oriented topics and interactive conference formats. Propose your Showcase, Conference Session or Project Pitch for the jury-selected programme of the next edition. The deadline to apply is Friday, 25 September 2015.

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: Music+Concert
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Aug 31, 2015

Arts Management Network Newsletter No 122: International Training Opportunities in Arts Management

Cultural managers have an urgent need for advanced trainings to face the changes in society and politics concerning the arts. But what competences does that include? Lorraine Lim, lecturer in arts management at Birkbeck, stated in the Guardian that according to a study among her students, the important skills nowadays are not only how to run an arts institution, but to manage different kinds of projects as portfolio work and to create a career out of short-term employments. With regard to globalization and the differentiation of the cultural sector, this includes often neglected aspects like dealing with failure, intercultural communication and - since glocalization is coming along with globalization - insights in international cultural infrastructures, and social and political circumstances.

Management Topic: Education & Development
Cultural Area: General
Submitted by editor-in-chief on Aug 20, 2015
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