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Contemporary Issues in Arts Management SEMINARS 2012

Writer and policy analyst, specialising in the knowledge economy, the creative industries and regional development.

Kate has a wide and varied background. She is currently a professor of Cultural Policy at the University of Leeds and a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts in London. She has a background in journalism, where she researched management consultancy. Alongside this she was a research fellow at the Manchester Business School and head of the Information and Communications Policy Group at the Policy Studies Institute. Past research areas include: intellectual property, the commercialism of public sector information and the growth of information work and workers. Kate has also influenced creative industries through her own self-employed work. She has worked as a consultant/researcher for a number of public agencies, think tanks and research organisations. Through this work she developed a policy-informed critique of the creative industries.

So far throughout her career she has lived in Australia where she delivered Masterclasses based on Building Creative Regions. She spent a semester in Australia teaching at Queensland University of Technology. Furthermore, Kate has written full books or contributed chapters to others. There are far too many to list, but the majority focus around consulting, cultural policy and communities. At present Kate teaches at the University of Leeds, is an associate at BOP Consulting, is a member of the mayor of Londons Cultural Observatory Steering Group and is a member of the new era economics panel Institute for Public Policy Research. Her talk is going to be about employment patterns and issues in cultural industries so we have put together some information to guide you through these issues.

Contemporary Issues in Arts Management SEMINARS 2012

In this review, Kate Oakley offers an overview of the literature surrounding the nature of work in the cultural industries, as it has permeated policy-making, public debate, and practice across many sub-sectors within the arts, and the culture sector more generally. . . Creativity, Culture and Education focuses its energies on developing forms of creative education based, in part, on a belief in the need to prepare young people for more creative forms of employment. Oakley has performed a salutary service by describing both the positive and more problematic aspects of this relatively new world of work and by showing how entry into employment and indeed employment itself in the cultural sector, can be uncertain and under-valued.

What is cultural labour? To what degree does cultural work serve as a template for other forms of work? How important is the geography of work, the network and of social contacts? What is the growing importance of free work of all sorts?

Contemporary Issues in Arts Management SEMINARS 2012

Creative employment provides around two million jobs, in the creative sector itself and in creative roles in other sectors. Employment in the sector has grown at double the rate of the economy as a whole. The Prime Ministers speech on supporting economic growth highlights the creative industries as an important growth area in rebalancing the economy. DCMS will continue to work closely with other Government departments and agencies to make sure that there is an appropriate level of support available for the creative industries.

These are the most recent statistics for the Creative Industries, published December 2011:

creative industries contributed 2.9% of the UKs Gross Value Added in 2009, this is an increase from 2.8% in 2008 1.5 million people are employed in the creative industries or in creative roles in other industries, 5.1% of the UKs employment exports of services by the creative industries accounted for 10.6% of the UKs exports of services there were an estimated 106,700 businesses in the creative industries on the InterDepartmental Business Register (IDBR) in 2011, this represents 5.1% of all companies on the IDBR

(DCMS 2011)

Contemporary Issues in Arts Management SEMINARS 2012

The big employment issues in the TV and media industry over the past year and still ongoing has been the BBCs move to Salford. The move was made to better reflect the entire country. Approximately 2,300 BBC staff work there, with the arrival of BBC Three bringing another 1,000 jobs by 2016. There has been a lot of criticism of their decision to do this This was due to the sport division moving to Salford a year before the London Olympics.

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The European Commission is expected to issue a ruling on Thursday in one of the music industrys biggest deals in the past decade: Sonys proposed $2.2 billion takeover of EMI Music Publishing.

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With one day to go until the European Commission rules on the Sony 2.2 billion takeover of EMI, The New York Times has discovered a secret Sony report. The report states that Sony aims to lay off 60% of EMIs publishing staff in the next 2 years. This is obviously a major issue for the music industry and its employees. As many of us are interested in working in the music industry and its publishing sector, we feel it is imperative to read up on these issues.