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.

part Part I|82 pages

The evolving field of arts management and the expanding roles of arts managers

chapter 1|12 pages

Arts management and its contradictions

ByJustin Macdonnell, Ruth Bereson

chapter 2|11 pages

Arts management

Reflections on role, purpose, and the complications of existence
ByConstance DeVereaux

chapter 3|13 pages

The desire of the artist and the dharma of the artist manager

ByAnmol Vellani

chapter 4|15 pages

Contemporary arts in adaptable quality management

Questioning entrepreneurialism as a panacea in Europe
ByMilena Dragićević Šešić

chapter 5|12 pages

By not for

Engagement strategies in a digital age
ByOonagh Murphy

chapter 6|17 pages

Artist management in the age of big data

ByGuy Morrow

part Part II|87 pages

Entrepreneurship, leadership, and transformational change

chapter 7|19 pages

The “artpreneur”

Between traditional and cultural entrepreneurship. A historical perspective
ByMarilena Vecco

chapter 8|17 pages

More than the sum of its parts

Dance, creative management and enterprise in collaboration 1
ByFarooq Chaudhry

chapter 9|17 pages

Managing change and the implications for leadership

ByBen Walmsley

chapter 10|17 pages

Leading change

Two executive leadership transitions through the lens of cognitive restructuring
ByRachel Parker

chapter 11|15 pages

Getting on the Balcony

Deploying adaptive leadership in the arts
ByWilliam J. Byrnes

part Part III|139 pages

Developing communities and evolving cultural policy

chapter 12|14 pages

Roles of cultural networks in the times of quantum reality 1

ByAleksandar Brkić

chapter 13|16 pages

Rules of engagement in the global arts city

The case of The Substation in Singapore
ByAudrey Wong

chapter 15|14 pages

The arts funding divide

Would ‘cultural rights’ produce a fairer approach?
ByJosephine Caust

chapter 16|15 pages

Managing cultural activism

A case study of Buku Jalanan of Malaysia
BySunitha Janamohanan

chapter 17|14 pages

The role of volunteers in fostering social inclusion in a UK City of Culture

Expressing new narratives of the visual arts in the city
ByNigel D Morpeth

chapter 19|18 pages

New organisms in the cultural ‘ecosystems’ of cities

The rooting and sustainability of arts and culture organizations
ByMarcin Poprawski

chapter 20|16 pages

Theorizing creative capital in China

A multi-level framework
ByYong Xiang, Boyi Li

part Part IV|149 pages

Arts organizations

chapter 21|17 pages

Tracing the evolution of marketing in arts organizations

From ‘third wheel’ to protagonist of the arts scene
ByMarta Massi, Chiara Piancatelli

chapter 22|18 pages


The nexus of effective strategic planning
ByRebekah Lambert

chapter 23|15 pages

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts in America

Strategies and practices
ByJean E. Brody

chapter 24|15 pages

Strategic staffing in the arts

ByBrea M. Heidelberg

chapter 25|17 pages

Artistic interventions for organizational development

Case studies from Italy
ByChiara Paolino, Daniela Aliberti

chapter 27|16 pages

Turning crowds into patrons

Democratizing fundraising in the arts and culture
ByMarta Massi, Piergiacomo Mion Dalle Carbonare, Alex Turrini

chapter 28|13 pages

Fundraising for classical music

Case studies from Hong Kong and Macao
ByMeggy Cheng, Rebecca Wai In Chou, Benny Lim

chapter 29|22 pages

Funding forward

Stable funding for museums in an unstable world
ByJulianne Amendola, Kaywin Feldman, Matthew Welch