This book has an excellent in depth look into the role of arts management. I would recommend this to anyone intrested in the subject. However for those who are studying the role of arts management in terms of a career in the u.k. it is worth noting that this book is mainly centered around the American arts management scene. Therefore several relevent chapters could be considered irrelevent for these readers.
The book provides the prospective arts manager with theory and practical applications from all management perspectives (planning, marketing, finance, economics, organizational design, staffing, and group dynamics) as they apply to an arts organization, regardless of whether it is a theatre, museum, dance or opera company. Readers will learn how arts organizations and arts management evolved, the theories and processes behind strategic planning and decision-making, and how to integrate various management theories with practical applications to this type of organization. Newest and most complete text on arts management: theory, history and practice New case studies and real-world examples from news sources Latest trends in management theory Revised to reflect the latest thinking and trends in managing organizations and people, Management and the Arts, Second Edition provides the reader with the practical tools necessary to manage an arts organization. The class-tested questions in each chapter help the reader to integrate the material and develop ideas as to how the situations and problems could have been handled. New case studies focus on the challenges facing managers and organizations every day, and new "In The News" quotes give the reader real-world examples of principles and theories. Fifty all-new illustrations give clear diagrams of management concepts and solutions. Entirely new budget and financial worksheets bring this edition completely up-to-date. Some of Byrnes' reflections, techniques and examples are possible to copy into other nations like UK, Australia, Germany, Austria or Switzerland, but the book is especially dedicated to arts managers and cultural administrators in USA and Canada. We can recommended this book as a suitable basic book. It should be added to other books with marketing issues or regional aspects of funding and sponsorship to have a broader view.