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The Artist-Staff Model of the International Contemporary Ensemble


Since its founding in 2001, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has branded itself as an “artist-run collective.” Its forty-one members consist primarily of performing musicians, many of whom serve as “artist-staff” responsible for concert programming, fundraising, recording, and digital outreach. While employing ensemble musicians in administrative roles brings numerous advantages, obstacles also emerge. This case explores the benefits and drawbacks of maintaining the artist-staff model in a professional ensemble. The reader is asked to devise a set of recommendations for hiring new staff members, considering the challenges associated with employing artists and non-artists in administrative positions.

Author: Myles Boothroyd
Published: Volume 4, Spring 2018
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.