Curators of Cultural Enterprise: A Critical Analysis of a by Melanie Selfe, Ealasaid Munro, Philip Schlesinger

By Melanie Selfe, Ealasaid Munro, Philip Schlesinger

This learn relies at the authors' fieldwork within Cultural company place of work, a small Scottish organization that helps inventive companies. It discusses united kingdom coverage at the inventive economic system, the increase of intermediaries among policy-making and undefined, and the taking part in out within the supply of industrial suggestion providers to inventive microbusinesses.

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If bodies such as CEO are one kind of typical creative economy intermediary, consultants are certainly another, and some have played an influential role in shaping the field, particularly at an early stage in its development. For instance, Charles Leadbeater and Kate Oakley’s analysis, published in 1999, of what they called ‘the independents’, those they identified as ‘Britain’s new cultural entrepreneurs’, set out many perspectives that are still largely in play. 89 This perspective operates as a kind of regulative ideal that underlies the aspiration to make creatives more businesslike.

Their work does not cover research into cultural agencies conceived as intermediaries between a national policy system and everyday, smallscale cultural production. The more usual focus taken – as Keith Negus noted some years ago77 – has been on the practices that intervene between cultural production and consumption. The term cultural intermediaries has tended to privilege those directly involved in ‘symbolic mediation’ as opposed to those that occupy supporting roles such as managers, business analysts and accountants.

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