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Work-related practices of local managers of live music events in Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) and their impact on cultural participation

Beate Flath (Department of Music, Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany)
Maryam Momen Pour Tafreshi (Department of Music, Paderborn University, Paderborn, Germany)

Arts and the Market

ISSN: 2056-4945

Article publication date: 28 June 2021

Issue publication date: 1 September 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to illuminate the relations of work-related practices of local managers of live music events in Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) and barriers and needs of vulnerable customers (VC) in order to explore possibilities to increase cultural participation of VC.

Design/methodology/approach

This article explores work-related practices of managers of live music events in OWL and asks if and to what extent these practices have an influence on the cultural participation of “vulnerable customers” (VC). It combines the findings of two studies: a) an explorative investigation on the work-related self-conceptions of managers of live music events in OWL (Study 1), and b) a sub-project on cultural participation of VC, which is part of the research project “kulturPreis. Increasing cultural participation through innovative and economically sustainable pricing concepts”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Study 2).

Findings

It can be stated that there is an imbalance of knowledge: while VC tend to have a clear understanding of which barriers are the responsibility of managers of live music events, managers tend to lack knowledge regarding the needs of VC, and regarding the interrelationships between financial and social barriers facing them. Whether this knowledge and understanding can be developed in the future depends on the possibilities of exchanges between managers of live music events, cultural institutions, welfare organisations, political institutions and not least VC.

Originality/value

Based on these studies, this article combines different approaches by linking work-related practices of managers of live music events with cultural participation of VC.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the editors of this special issue, Dr Chris Anderton and Dr Sergio Pisfil, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), all project partners of the project “kulturPreis”, the interviewees and the interviewers, and the proof-readers.

Funding: Study 2 is part of the research project “kulturPreis. Increasing cultural participation through innovative and economically sustainable pricing concepts”, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Citation

Flath, B. and Momen Pour Tafreshi, M. (2021), "Work-related practices of local managers of live music events in Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) and their impact on cultural participation", Arts and the Market, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 109-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAM-09-2020-0040

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