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Cultural entrepreneurship and the Banff Television Festival

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  • Keith Acheson
  • Christopher Maule
  • Elizabet Filleul

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Cultural entrepreneurship involves a conception, an initial launch, and a transition to an established event. Each stage generates “wicked” coordination and financial challenges. We explore this important process by examining the history of the Banff Television Festival, an annual event featuring a competition, workshops, and providing a forum for developing projects. The documentation indicates that the anticipated problems of nonprofit activities — inefficient administration, crude management systems, slow adaptation and little innovation — were not characteristic of the Banff experience. Well informed industry “customers” and patrons have established an environment which generally encouraged managerial competence and creativity. This benign result may not generalize to other cultural initiatives, in particular to those that serve the public directly and draw patronage from diverse sources. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

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  • Keith Acheson & Christopher Maule & Elizabet Filleul, 1996. "Cultural entrepreneurship and the Banff Television Festival," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 20(4), pages 321-339, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:20:y:1996:i:4:p:321-339
    DOI: 10.1007/s10824-005-1339-0
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    3. Mark Blaug & Ruth Towse, 2011. "Cultural Entrepreneurship," Chapters, in: Ruth Towse (ed.),A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition, chapter 22, Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Keith Acheson & Christopher Maule & Elizabet Filleul, 1996. "Cultural entrepreneurship and the Banff Television Festival," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 20(4), pages 321-339, December.

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    Keywords

    culture; entrepreneurship; nonprofit; organization; incentives; management;

    JEL classification:

    • L31 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Nonprofit Institutions; NGOs; Social Entrepreneurship
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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