How to make a living as an artist? How to survive as an arts organisation?

As we continue struggle out of the crisis, we must give ourselves a chance; not for survival, but for success.  

To start with, let's reassess our professional strategies and business models. How do we use our potential and our resources? How do we contribute to the sustainability of the environment we work and live in? What does sustainability in the arts mean and how to achieve it? And what role can the arts play in that wider issue: helping to save the planet, the environment we live and work in?

There are bleak realities behind the façade of some performing and visual artist’s successful international careers: the manic, frenzied life, the insecurity and fear of hyper-mobility and residency- or studio-hopping. What are some of the strategies to have more sustainability in artists’ working conditions? Band-aid solutions might be short-sighted. It is time for a radical re-imagining of the system.
Culture has the power to make cities more prosperous, safer and sustainable, according to UNESCO's Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development ‘Culture: Urban Future’, launched this year in Quito (Ecuador) on the occasion of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III). The Report recommends building on culture as a sustainable resource for inclusive economic and social development for cities.
What do we value in shared processes? How can we ensure captivating collaborations? What do we have to gain from rejecting autonomous practice? From the outset, this session at IETM Valencia raised questions surrounding our individual perspectives and desires for international collaboration.
This session at IETM Valencia featured two futuristic, provocative and controversial concepts, which headed off from the idea that the status quo needs a radical change and it needs it now.
The session ‘Can the show go on?’ at IETM Valencia debated local cultural ‘ecosystems’ and the way festivals fit into these ecosystems. Are they catalysts of further artistic activity, do they play a role in attracting new audiences or do they rather occupy funding and creative territories that limit the perspectives of other cultural initiatives? Through concrete experiences in Berlin, Barcelona and Glasgow, the session challenged the audience in thinking what a 'perfect' cultural ecosystem should be, and what partnerships were needed to strengthen all actors, giving them the appropriate...
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The last time you watched a show at the theatre, how much did you pay? Was it worth the price? Pay what you decide (PWYD) theatre turns the question on its head, empowering audiences to choose how much money they want to spend. However..
You must change your art! Heed this imperative! Let it resound through tiered theatres and flat-floored theatres. Let it echo through the corridors of broadcasting companies and teaching departments. Let it ring through parliaments and policy bureaus. Let it buzz on film sets, at festivals and in design studios. Let it reverberate on your type areas and music scores. You must change your art! This era requires it.
Why are there so many common misconceptions surrounding business models? José Rodríguez explains their real purpose and value in the arts.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” isn’t a new addition in the realm of development goals. It follows on the heels of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3, which sought to “promote gender equality and empower women.”
Victor Mayot
La baisse des subventions publiques, la vision conservatrice du ministère de la Culture et le désir d'indépendance des artistes ont engendré une nouvelle garde d'acteurs culturels. Ils défendent un modèle basé sur l'entrepreneuriat, afin de faire vivre leur vision de la culture. Une démarche créatrice d'activités et d'emplois, poussée par la transition numérique, alors que la France cherche des nouveaux relais de croissance.