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Friday, June 2 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Reinventing Arts Administration Tools and Practices for the Next Generation

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Roar of the Crowd: Alternative Funding Models - International Insights and Teaching Applications
Monika Herzig, Lidia Varbanova, Amanda Nelson

Alternative financing models are on the rise and according to a recent study (Mollick & Kukuswamy, 2014) on Kickstarter, not only created 5.3 Billion in project support and more than 500,000 jobs over three years but also helped creators advance careers (37%), increase annual income after running the campaign (21%), and facilitate new job opportunities (19%). This session will discuss the principles of crowdfunding - reward-based, donations, and equity - the pros and cons of the most popular platforms, fixed versus flexible campaigns, legal issues with equity funding, and international comparisons of platforms, strategies, and perceptions. Furthermore, panelists will present their case studies from leading four arts campaigns (Monika Herzig), trends and challenges in different countries (Lidia Varbanova based on her 2016 Routledge publication: International Entrepreneurship in the Arts), and teaching applications (Amanda Nelson).

Where Theory and Practice Converge: Bridging Arts Management Education and the Creative Industries
Mary Filice, Bob Blandford

This session will explore the value of experiential learning with industry partners as an effective approach to educating future entrepreneurs, leaders, and managers within the creative industries. Experiential learning is a key component of a fully-realized education and is the bridge that connects classroom learning with current real world practices.

We investigate this using several examples: Startup Weekend for Creative Enterprises powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, a global initiative that exists in over 135 countries; Global Marketing: Prague, an immersive study abroad experience where students work at FCB/Prague; and Chicago’s Wabash Arts Corridor, a civic, business, artist, and college collaboration.

We will use these examples to frame a conversation in which we can all share diverse perspectives and experiences to further experiential learning and creative industry partnerships.


Robert Blandford

Associate Professor, Business and Entrepreneurship Department, Columbia College Chicago
Robert Blandford is an associate professor and coordinator of the visual arts management program in the Business and Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago. At Columbia, Bob has developed experiential curricula for exhibition development, gallery management, and curatorial... Read More →
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Mary Filice

Chair, Business and Entrepreneurship Dept., Columbia College Chicago
Mary Filice is Chair of the Business and Entrepreneurship department, Columbia College Chicago. She has been a visiting professor to colleges in Oslo, Norway and has conducted academic talks at universities in Beijing, China. Mary presents and writes about leadership in the creative... Read More →
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Dr. Monika Herzig

Senior Lecturer/ Arts Administration, Indiana University
Monika Herzig holds a Doctorate in Music Education with a focus on Jazz Studies from Indiana University where she is a Senior Lecturer in Arts Administration. She teaches courses on the Music Industry and Arts Entrepreneurship. Her research focus is on jazz as a model for creativity... Read More →
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Lidia Varbanova

Consultant, Educator & Coach, Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
Dr. Lidia Varbanova has over 20 years of professional experience as a consultant, educator, researcher and manager in more than 55 countries. Her portfolio focuses on strategy, policy development, entrepreneurship and innovations, organisational development and online technologies... Read More →

Friday June 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
QMU Montgomery Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK