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Taking up Residence with Eighth Blackbird


Eighth Blackbird is a Chicago-based contemporary chamber music sextet and an artist-in-residence at several institutions. This case study profiles a pair of contrasting artist residency agreements in Eighth Blackbird’s portfolio–one with a university and the other with a museum of contemporary art. Students will examine the nature and outcomes of the residencies, assess the merits of the organization’s arrangements with its host institutions, and consider new residency ideas for Eighth Blackbird.

Author: Michael A. Anderson
Published: Volume 1, Summer 2016
Details: PDF Download – 10 pages plus Appendices
ISSN: 2475-4994

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Case Study Methodology

Eastman Case Studies for classroom use have three key attributes:

1. They offer an issue encountered by management in music administration, which demands a resolution or action.

2. They put the student into the business situation, creating an immersive experience that will sharpen student judgement and acumen for similar circumstances.

3. They are presented as chronologically compact scenarios, keeping to facts that bear on the case, and minimizing long histories and extraneous stories about musical arts organizations. The cases shine a light onto particular business problems and are packaged concisely for student learning.