The traditional ways for a young opera singer to get a job have greatly changed, given the sheer number of graduates from music conservatories on the one hand and the decreasing numbers of opportunities to perform on the other. So how can young opera singers become increase their self management and self marketing? The first international edition of our Arts Management Webinar will answer this question on April 19th. It’s speaker Zenaida des Aubris offers some insights into online platforms, social media and good old personal contacts in this article.
Picture: Kazakhstan's Astana Opera in winter
You have just finished your vocal studies and are ready to take on the world and conquer the opera stages by storm. But as you know, it is not quite as easy as that. Especially if you can’t even get an audition with an agent, let alone with an opera house. The ways for a young opera singer to get a job have greatly changed. For that reason, the first international edition of our established Arts Management Webinar will show you how to you can give your opera career a startup kick using everything from online platforms to social media, competitions and good old personal contacts! Join our free webinar on April 19 at 3 pm CET (Berlin time).
Picture: Interior of the Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre at the reopening night in 2011 (wikimedia commons)
Regional differences, but a common vision. Goethe-Institutís International Forum on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy 2016
The second edition of the International Forum on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy again brought together cultural experts from all over the world for two weeks in Munich, Germany for discussions and the development of ideas. And flanked by the presidential election in the US, the participants experienced that independently of their geographical and professional background they are connected by the vision to break down barriers and prejudices.
"Occasional occupations are attractive not so much for their material rewards as for the prestige and self-fulfillment they confer. They require a strong personal commitment, which can be subjectively experienced in terms of passion and selflessness. The choice of a career in the cultural sector provides a good example of this", claims the description of „Culture as a Vocation. Sociology of career choices in cultural management“. The French sociologist and political scientist Vincent Dubois' treatise deals with the central questions concerning career decisions in cultural management: When and where had this comparatively young job profile its origin? Who aims for such a career today and which are the social and personal factors that influence this decision? With his answers Dubois lays the foundation for a, from a sociological point of view, yet strongly neglected field.
In the framework of the EU funded project Europe Grand Central, the European Foundation for Urban Culture (EFUC) and the Workshops of Culture (WoC) in Lublin are launching an open call to invite artists, social animators, cultural managers, curators, and researchers to submit proposals to the Community Arts Lab – Urban Residencies programme on the concept of borders. The residency programme will encourage interaction between the participants and local inhabitants of Lublin (Poland). A minimum of 8 residents will be selected. Profiles include artists from all artistic disciplines, curators, cultural/social animators, researchers, cultural managers, new circus / theatre / dance practitioners coming from Eastern and Western Europe (European Union and Eastern Partnership countries). Deadline is 11th of March 2016.
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.
To be treated with respect and dignity throughout an entire application process surely is not too much to ask for. However, this sadly isn’t standard practice. The poor treatment of job applicants is not a rare event. Steven Libman is President of The Libman Group with 30 years of experience leading major arts organizations. The Libman Group helps arts organizations build audiences, maintain relevance and stability, and improve quality of governance. He proposes an “Applicants” Bill of Rights.
After graduating from university highly educated people frequently start working as interns and then find themselves in an endless loop of internships. This situation is even worse considering that only few of them get paid. In addition to that internships only seldomly come with job description and performance feedback is rarely given. Sonja Ostendorf-Rupp recommends some minimum requirements to be adapted by arts organizations on both sides of the ocean.
A lot of things have changed at Arts Management Network during the last months! Being ourselves involved with investigating new organisational structures and workflow we have decided to focus on employment-related topics in our latest newsletter. We will take a closer look at human resources, which means at the dissonances between different stakeholders, not only highlighting the entrepreneur’s perspective but also giving voice to those having not (yet) reached the executive suite today.