Arts Entrepreneurship

A Conversation


  • Linda Essig California State University, Los Angeles
  • Gary Beckman North Carolina State University


The coeditors of Artivate, Gary Beckman and Linda Essig, have shared an interest in advancing arts entrepreneurship as a field of study since Beckman first interviewed Essig as part of his research toward what has become a foundational article (2007) in the field, "'Adventuring' arts entrepreneurship curricula in higher education: An examination of present efforts, obstacles, and best practices.” The current article presents a dialogue between them in which they discuss the nature of the discipline and the challenges and opportunities presented by the launch of Artivate.

Author Biography

Gary Beckman, North Carolina State University

Dr. Gary D. Beckman is Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Arts where he developed and administers the nation’s first and largest campus-wide Arts Entrepreneurship Minor.   Before arriving at NC State, he developed the nation’s first Music Entrepreneurship Minor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music. In addition to recently being honored with the naming of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education’s research impact award, he also co-founded and co-edited the world’s first academic journal on arts entrepreneurship education, edited the field’s first essay collection, “Disciplining the Arts: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Context” and co-founded the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (   Dr. Beckman earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from The University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. in Musicology from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in Music from the University of Southern Maine. At UT Austin, he was principle investigator of the first nation-wide study of arts entrepreneurship efforts in higher education, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.   His articles on the topic of arts entrepreneurship, arts leadership education and Intellectual Entrepreneurship have appeared in Planning for Higher EducationSymposiumMetropolitan Universities JournalArts Education Policy ReviewThe Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society and various essay collections.




How to Cite

Essig, L., & Beckman, G. (2012). Arts Entrepreneurship: A Conversation. Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 1(1), 1–8. Retrieved from




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