Analyzing Entrepreneurship in the U.S. Arts Sector

Identifying Arts Entrepreneurs' Demographics and Shared Characteristics


  • Jason C. White College of Charleston


The purpose of this study is to lay a foundation for comparative analysis of arts entrepreneurs' demographics and shared characteristics in a given U.S. arts sector. Guided by a conceptual framework for the U.S. arts sector, I utilized a cross sectional survey design to generate data for analysis. In this article, I reflect on the research process, interpret findings, and utilize new understandings as a catalyst for guiding and informing directions for the emerging arts entrepreneurship research field.

Author Biography

Jason C. White, College of Charleston

Dr. White is an Assistant Professor of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at College of Charleston, where he works with students to address arts management issues, co-develop solutions to common challenges, and organize new opportunities in arts and related entertainment fields. Dr. White is a published author in Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the ArtsJournal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, JAMLS (Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society), Innovative Higher Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. In addition, White is a founding member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE). Artistically, Dr. White is best known as the playwright, co-actor and co-director of the multi-award nominated and NAACP award winning educational play, See The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy. Prior to receiving his PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University, White earned a BFA in Acting from The California Institute of the Arts, and attended The University of Akron; obtaining both a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Administration, and a Master in Education (M.Ed.) specializing in Assessment and Evaluation.




How to Cite

White, J. (2017). Analyzing Entrepreneurship in the U.S. Arts Sector: Identifying Arts Entrepreneurs’ Demographics and Shared Characteristics. Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, 6(1), 8–32. Retrieved from