Hey, big business can learn from us too, you know!

I preach pretty much daily about how Broadway and the Arts could afford to take many a cue from the big business world.

Well, I forget sometimes that we’ve got a lot to offer too, and our relationship with traditional industry might be more reciprocal than it seems.

Enter The Economist, which featured an article about the Arts and Management last month.

The first paragraph of the article contains these two sentences:

Artists routinely deride businesspeople as money-obsessed bores.  Many businesspeople, for their part, assume that artists are a bunch of pretentious wastrels.

True that, Econ.  True that.

But as the article concludes, and as I agree, the best of all business requires an artist’s imagination to forge new ground, and the best of all artists need a businessperson’s wherewithal to insure that their art has a life.

So I guess we’re stuck with each other.

Maybe we should kiss and make up instead of calling each other names.

Read the article here.  And special thanks to reader, Nurul, for sending it on.

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  • Marc says:

    Talk about the proverbial pot calling the kettle black!
    Ken, I may have misread your intended message with this, but as a fellow business person, theatre person, performer and arts champion, I think the intent of the message was not to put up with those means successful people with the money, but come over to the real world from the ever growing compost heap of media induced moral pre-judgment.
    Where do you believe you stand?
    Do you consider yourself a mean, money grubbing business person, or the unimaginably lazy and narrow minded artist?
    I do not consider myself in either category.
    As one who has been in the business (show business) for many years, it always confuses (and at times annoy) me that if you are in the arts, you must bash businesspeople (read successful business people).
    Somehow, if you are not successful, its OK, but of you are successful, you’re a bad person.
    This also seems consistently roll into the political world, associating Democrats as hero’s to the arts, and Republicans as the enemy of the arts (and humanity, children, etc.)

  • Erik says:

    Loved the article, Ken. Thanks to you and Nurual for sharing.

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