This series of podcasts about my book, Cultural Entrepreneurship, are in French and English. They were produced in conversation with my colleagues Dr Karen Patel (English version) and Professor Paul Long (French version).
In this podcast, The Rise of the Cultural Entrepreneur, I explore who is a cultural entrepreneur and how we might compare or contrast them to entrepreneurs. I mention scholars who take a critical view of entrepreneurship in the creative industries and I introduce the idea of ‘becoming’ a cultural entrepreneur.
The Rise of the Cultural Entrepreneur – in English
The Rise of the Cultural Entrepreneur – in French
This new website, Media and Cultural Work, is targeted at those working in the media and cultural industries, as practitioners, activists, policy makers, campaigners, students and academics.
Devised by David Hesmondhalgh and Kate Oakley, at the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, the aim of the website is to create an international forum to address a range of issues in the sector, including inequalities (gender and ethnic) and the precarious nature of cultural work.
The appeal of working in the media and cultural industries has never been higher. Many young people want to enter these industries and many workers tolerate low pay and poor working conditions to stay within them. But better working conditions and an end to exploitative forms of unpaid work are vital if we want more open and diverse media and cultural industries.
The resource can be followed on Twitter: @mediaculturwork
In her chapter entitled Good Work? Rethinking Cultural Entrepreneurship (in Creativity and Cultural Policy edited by Bilton), Kate Oakley rethinks entrepreneurship and the notion of good work. The thrust of her argument is that the policy rhetoric encouraging entrepreneurship in the cultural sector needs to take note of the challenges of cultural work and self-employment. A better understanding of different practices and individual experiences needs to inform the ‘rethinking of cultural entrepreneurship’. As Oakley states, there is a ‘disconnect between the discourse of cultural entrepreneurship and the reality of it.’
I’d like to pick up a few ideas from Oakley’s chapter and add my own research and comments to the debate. Continue reading Cultural Entrepreneurship: Good or Bad Work?