Frequently Asked Questions

What is Entrepreneurship?

In truth, there as many definitions of the term as there are textbooks and popular literature on the subject. It has included aspects of risk, new venture creation, business acumen, creativity, innovation, opportunity recognition, added value and wealth creation. As business schools have adopted the term for the past half-century, it has been associated with the creation of new enterprises (New Venture Creation). This is the most popular and widely held perception of Entrepreneurship.

What is Arts Entrepreneurship?

Broadly speaking, the goal of Entrepreneurship in Arts higher education is to help students self-create a career in the Arts. This is accomplished through a variety of methods - programs, degrees, classes, workshops, one-time events, etc.

What is the Best Way to Define Entrepreneurship?

Given the myriad of definitions and recent tendencies towards "New Thinking" about Entrepreneurship, it may be best to survey the literature. Thus, the AEEN prefers to conceptualize Entrepreneurship as a behavioral phenomenon instead of a set of characteristics or quantifiable outcomes.

What does a typical Arts Entrepreneurship Curriculum include?

As it stands presently, a typical one-semester course or campus-wide Entrepreneurship minor consists of topics centered on New Venture Creation (NVC). (Note that many variations exist). Roughly 75-100% of degree requirements or content concern this topic. Some programs include tax law, digital rights management and industry specific issues. Most programs allow for an experiential opportunity in the form of an internship.

How many Programs Exist?

Arts Entrepreneurship is an emerging field. Thus, the number of Arts departments and Schools adopting Entrepreneurship programming in their course offerings are growing each year, yet a conservative estimate is over 100. As a discipline, music is the best represented. See the Institutions page for the latest list of Arts Entrepreneurship efforts.

Is there a Model of Best Practices?

It's difficult to say. Certainly there are enough programs from which to draw inspiration. However, until "New Thinking" about Arts Entrepreneurship can coalesce into a recognizable form, most institutions implement Arts Entrepreneurship efforts uniquely.

Are there New Trends in Arts Entrepreneurship Education?

The short answer is yes. There are new trends in philosophy, curricula, desired outcome, design and theory. Perhaps the most stimulating ideas are those intersecting the Liberal Arts. However, many of these new trends have yet to completely inform the field.

How do I add my Program to the AEEN Site?

Simply email the URL and it will be posted as soon as possible.