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Francois Colbert

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François Colbert is professor of marketing and holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management. He founded the Master in the Management of Cultural Organizations (in French) at HEC Montréal in 1988. He currently is coordinator of the joint Master of Management in International Arts Management (HEC, SMU, Bocconi), the Head of the field Marketing and Management of Arts and Cultural Industries at the PhD program, and is Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Arts Management, published by the Chair in Arts Management. He also is member of the Editorial Board of City, Culture and Society (an Elsevier publication). In May 2002 he was awarded the Order of Canada for his many achievements and for his unique contributions in developing the field of arts management, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2005 and also received the ACE Award 2006 from the Association of Cultural Executives. He also is Honorary Professor at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts as well as at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China. Professor Colbert has been active in the field of arts and culture for over 35 years, particularly in the performing arts, museum and film sectors. He has given numerous training and professional development seminars in arts management, with a focus on the field of marketing management in a cultural context. He is a past or present member of the board of directors of twenty two cultural organizations and served as vice-chair of the Canada Council for the Arts for eight years, until 2003; he has been on the Board of other large organisations such as Les Grands ballets canadiens and Radio-Québec. He teaches two courses offered as part of the graduate program in arts management, Marketing Cultural Organizations and Cultural Policies, and the doctoral seminar called Fundamentals of Arts Marketing. He is also the author of Le Marketing des arts et de la culture, now in its fourth edition and available in English as Marketing Culture and the Arts as well as in ten other languages (12 in total). Professor Colbert is founding president and co-chair of the scientific committee of the International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC). François Colbert is the author of close to 200 publications including articles in refereed and non-refereed journals, books, chapters in books, proceedings, bibliographies and research reports, mainly on marketing of the arts. In addition, he has organized numerous conferences addressing topics related to cultural management. He has also given many talks and seminars on arts management both in Quebec and Canada and in 26 other countries including Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, France, Germany, England, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Spain.