A few notes…
– Prime aim is to increase the artistic value in society through art, theatre, music, photography, video, books, or other creative media
– They don’t aim to make money – though this is something most yearn for. To be a cultural entrepreneur full time is something they want but often times, it isn’t achievable. Often times, they also believe (rightly or wrongly) their goals are not financially worthy
– This, however provides them with a independance from the larger economic and political landscape
– Often times you see the term -’small and fragile’ termed with cultural organisations
– They often aim to do social good and in some cases the line between social and cultural entrepreneurs is not clear.
– That being said, they have been responsible for a lot of the cultural and social change through books, television, movies etc. In that sense, there are many big cultural entrepreneurs that are economically powerful and can provide real change
– technology has aided the growth of the cultural entrepreneur with the cost of doing business decreasing – though getting paid could be harder
– Cultural entrepreneurs are often drawn to centres that are liberal – but this is not always the case.
The first example of a cultural entrepreneur
– A Toowoomba playwright who has made a name for himself in the local area through plays, podcasting and putting together ‘troups’ to take theatre out to the remote regions
– He has written and produced plays for himself and other clients
– He has also hosted a successful podcast (Stuff and Things) and created his entire business around the theatrical realm
Another example is The Grid here in Toowoomba
– This is the only one on my short list here that occupies a building
– They are an artist collective but also educate young people in art – both visual and performing
– The have a gallery space and also do music as well
– They have committed themselves to increasing the cultural awareness and opportunities to those living in the local regions
Finally, I am going to go a bit further afield and take a risk – suggesting Mike Sulka from the motor racing world
– Sulka doesn’t have a background (that I know of) in engineering or driving
– Rather he has established websites, had a go at creating a dedicated motor racing social network
– He has employed writers and photographers and dedicated his writing and computing abiltiy to motorsport.
– You may want to call him an internet entrepreneur or media entrepreneur but he has added to the cultural space of motorsport in interesting ways
No one on the list here are massively wealthy people but the all share a want a belief that they can add to the cultural sphere of the geographical location and their areas of interest.