Arts Administration

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Development of arts administration systems


In each country the different realms of the arts are simultaneously administered in a variety of quite different ways. Some of these are traditional, others derive from clear historical causes, others are effectively imposed by government legislation. Some ways of administering the arts are subject to constant change as legal frameworks change. Others remain unaltered through changes of government, revolution, or war. For example, the Bolshoi continued to be administered in much the same way after the Russian revolution as before it, in French country fairs they still 'bottle' the crowds in the nineteenth century way, and in some form or other in most advanced countries the bucolic arts continue to be administered (and to flourish) in much the same way that they have always done alongside sophisticated theme parks and the apparently pervasive media. It is useful to separate five main segments in the development of modern arts administration:
the bucolic
the commercial
the 'mixed service'
the planned
the mega-corporate.

In Britain it is possible to say that these different ways of administering the arts can, broadly, be placed in a developing historical sequence, but that is not necessarily so elsewhere. A country with a more dominant religious tradition is likely to have 'the planned' predominant. A country which has achieved inde-


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