Happy New Year and welcome the January issue of the Management and the Arts 5e blog. Thanks for subscribing. These monthly blog postings are designed to foster discussions related to topics in the book and to update the case studies with current information and issues of interest to students, and arts managers and leaders.

Two Quick Housekeeping Notes

Survey: If you haven’t taken the survey requesting your suggestions about content for the upcoming 6th edition of the book and its new companion website here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S5VYKN2 Thanks in advance. The survey will close January 31st.

Erratum: There are updates/corrections for chapters 9 and 10 in the Learning Resources tab of the website. Simply scroll down and click on the chapter title for the updates. Instructors interested in the answer key for the Chapter 10 Wing and a Prayer Dance company financial report, please email me at mgtandthearts5e@gmail.com.

January Blog Posting Summary

Cone of Plausibility

This month I suggest three different topics areas to explore. The first focuses on Center for the Future of Museums (CFM) annual TrendsWatch 2018. This year the CFM takes a different approach and uses four different scenarios to ponder what the years ahead could look like for museums. The content in the report could be used in conjunction with chapter 4, “The Adaptive Arts Organization,” and chapter 5, “Planning in the Arts.” You can enter into the “Cone of Plausibility” and see where your scenario journey takes you. You can also explore other scenarios which may come out of the class discussions.

‘Don’t Spit on the Deck’

There was an interesting article in The Guardian in December about a theater in London that got a little too far in front of some of its stakeholders with a change initiative. Three other artistic directors share their insights about navigating the change processes in theatres in the UK. This story connects to topics in the chapters on leadership, planning, and the role of arts managers. The article poses good starter questions such as, “What happens when an organisation decides to make a fresh start, or change artistic direction? Is it possible to evolve and still stay true to your past?”

Pay Gaps in the Creative Industries

There are always interesting postings on the Arts Professional website in the UK, and recently they covered the results of the government’s ArtsPay 2018 survey. Not surprisingly, there was a gap between what men and women earn. The report highlights salary averages and medians and therefore, before diving into a discussion, everyone should take a moment to review the plusses and minuses of each measure. After that, explore the salary graphs and tables which, by the way, use the Pound Sterling. It only takes a minute to connect to this link for currency rates to arrive at the equivalent for whatever currency you use. For example, the full-time median salary in the report for a man was £33,000 which would be around $42,000 (USD).

Regardless of the currency conversion issue, it is helpful that this salary data is available for jobs in the creative industries. In America, information about the compensation levels for those employed in the arts is hard to find, or it is only available in costly propriety reports. If you are interested, you can explore Glassdoor’s website if you like, but you will probably be frustrated trying to find arts management and administration salaries.

Best wishes and have a great January.

Bill Byrnes


Introducing TrendsWatch2018: The Scenario Edition

Posted on Dec 12, 2018 | American Alliance of Art Museums

“The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”

—Mary Catherine Bateson

TrendsWatch 2018: The Scenario Edition has been released into the wild! This installment of the Alliance’s annual forecasting report takes a break from our usual format. Rather than exploring five or six trends and their implications for society and for museums, this year I present four stories of the future, designed to strengthen museum planning.

Link to Blog site – https://www.aam-us.org/2018/12/12/introducing-trendswatch2018-the-scenario-edition/

Link to TrendsWatch document – https://www.aam-us.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Download-TrendsWatch-2018.pdf


‘Don’t spit on the deck!’ Arts bosses on how to hand over power

By Andrew Dickson| www.theguardian.com | December 14th, 2018

What a difference a name makes. Earlier this year the Tricycle theatre in north London announced that it would be rebranding itself as the Kiln when it opened after redevelopment. There were petitions calling for the theatre to revert to its former title; placard-wielding protesters gathered on the street to demonstrate against the artistic director, Indhu Rubasingham. A letter to the Guardian decried the change as throwing away “a valuable legacy and history”. Twisting the knife, two of the theatre’s former heads, Nicolas Kent and Ken Chubb, signed it.

Even by the self-dramatising standards of British theatre, the controversy seems somewhat mystifying. There’s barely a theatre in the country that hasn’t changed its name at some point. No one was proposing the Tricycle – or Kiln – be closed down, and indeed after a £5.5m makeover it looks better than ever. This isn’t even the first time the theatre has taken on a new identity: it began life nearly five decades ago as the Wakefield Tricycle Company.

The article may be found at: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/dec/14/kiln-royal-academy-artistic-director-indhu-rubasingham-charles-saumarez-smith-vicky-featherstone


Gender gap dominates latest arts pay figures

Lack of career progression among women in the cultural sector [in the UK] is the overwhelming contributor to the significant gender pay gap revealed in initial findings from the 2018 ArtsPay survey.

The gender pay gap in the arts is showing no signs of abating, with women being only half as likely as men to reach senior roles by their mid-30s, and on average earning less than men as their careers progress.

Figures drawn from ArtsProfessional’s 2018 online survey of pay and earnings reveal that on average, women in full-time employment in the cultural sector earn 10.6% less than men.

Career progression appears to be the most significant contributor to this. While only one in six of those at an early stage of their career are men, at senior levels men take almost one in three of all roles.

Link to report: https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/exclusive-gender-gap-dominates-latest-arts-pay-figures

Link to PDF pay gap table: https://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/sites/artsprofessional.co.uk/files/administrator/table_1_-_the_gender_pay_gap_2018.pdf