Organizing artistic activities in a recurrent manner: (on the nature of) entrepreneurship in the performing arts

Michela Bergamini* (Corresponding Author), Ward Van de Velde, Bart Van Looy (Corresponding Author), Klaasjan Visscher

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Abstract

A majority of performing arts organizations active in classical music, theatre, and contemporary dance rely on funding from "third parties" in order to organize productions in a recurrent manner. We adopt an entrepreneurial perspective to inform the debate on the economic sustainability of performing arts organizations: Is it a "deficit" in entrepreneurial orientation that condemns these organizations to financial dependence? Relying on a comparative case study design (n = 12), we distill a process model of performing arts entrepreneurship (PAE), which we compare with insights on innovative entrepreneurship. Our findings reveal that it is neither a lack of entrepreneurial dynamics nor the presence of opposing logics that creates dependence on multiple revenue streams. The introduction of a second revenue stream follows from adhering to artistic distinctiveness. Implications for practice and theory are elaborated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-334
JournalCreativity and innovation management
Volume27
Issue number3
Early online date24 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D

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