Paths of Inquiry, the Future of the Field and Recent Developments
Paths of Inquiry: As a discipline, we must answer a number of important questions. Limiting the discussion to just a few critical issues may help to focus the discussion.
1) We must shape the conceptual pillars of our discipline and come to terms with the key components of our pedagogy.
2) We must confront our perceptions of what "Entrepreneurship is...". Indeed, textbooks are rich with definitions but should we rely on them to guide our discipline or inform our discipline? As creative professionals, we are uniquely qualified to take existing ideas and shape them in new ways.
3) We must address the outcomes of our efforts. Simply put, we cannot grow as field unless we can articulate what it is our students should gain from our efforts.
The Future of the Field: We are at a critical moment in our field’s development. Though the topic is gaining support from key individuals and organizations, there is much to do concerning the growth of the field. Certainly, as the amount of scholarship grows, our programming gains legitimacy in the eyes of desicion makers. However, as the amount of Arts Entrepreneurship workshops, courses and academic degrees increase, the pressures on the field to act like a field will increase. This means:
1) An increasing amount of quality scholarship
2) Gaining the support of arts sub-disciplines and their academic organizations
3) Producing those materials consistent with that of other emerging fields, such as Social Entrepreneurship. Specifically: textbooks, case studies, etc.
4) The development of curricular outcomes
As the field grows, we should take note of a number of milestones since the field’s emergence in the 1990s. For example, just in the past two years:
• Despite the economic downturn (2007-present), the number of Arts Entrepreneurship efforts continue to increase.
• The majority of this nation’s leading music conservatories now offer formalized entrepreneurship programming.
• The field has significant representation in two academic societies: The College Music Society (CMS) - The Committee on Music Entrepreneurship Education and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) - The Entrepreneurship in the Arts Special Interest Group.
• The field is now represented in most fine arts disciplines.
• The field’s first stand-alone academic minor (with the word “Entrepreneurship” in the title of the program - not a ‘Concentration,’ ‘Emphasis’ or ‘Track’) was established at the University of South Carolina in fall of 2010 [Music Entrepreneurship Minor] and the first [Arts Entrepreneurship Minor] was established at Ohio State University in the fall of 2011.
• Arts entrepreneurship education now exists outside of higher education