A world-first: an International Arts Management Master’s Degree program

December 17, 2012

HEC Montréal, Bocconi University Graduate School of Management and SMU announce the launch of their new 12-month International Arts Management Master of Management Degree (M.M.), a world-first, in conjunction with the appointment of an international advisory committee. To begin in fall 2013, the new M.M. degree will be the first to focus on issues unique to international arts management and to approach arts management from a global perspective. The program will include one four-month session at each of the three partner institutions and will prepare students to manage and lead international arts and cultural organizations.

"We are pleased to collaborate with two leading universities to offer this unique master’s degree program," said François Colbert, holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montreal. "This new program will give students the tools they need to succeed in a global marketplace and in which Quebec must take its place."

The committee members are James Abruzzo, executive vice president, DHR International, New York; Maxwell L. Anderson, director, Dallas Museum of Art; Victoria Bailey, executive director, Theatre Development Fund, New York; Jean-Paul Cluzel, president of the Réunion des musées nationaux et du Grand Palais, Paris; Sergio Escobar, director, Piccolo Teatro, Milan; Piers Handling, CEO, Toronto International Film Festival; Peter Herrndorf, CEO, Canada’s National Arts Center, Ottawa; Sylvain Lafrance, former executive vice president, Radio-Canada, and adjunct professor, HEC Montréal; Daniel Lamarre, CEO, Cirque du Soleil, Montréal; Glenn D. Lowry, director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Zarin Mehta, former president, New York Philharmonic; Charlotte Nors, executive director, Singapore Repertory Theatre; Mikhail Piotrovsky, director, the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Anamarta de Pizarro, director, Iberoamerican Theatre Festival of Bogota (FITB), Colombia; David Resnicow, president, Resnicow Schroeder Associates, New York;  Xiaohong Sun, former vice chairwoman, China Arts and Entertainment Group, Beijing; and Gorgun Taner, general director, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey.

Coursework in the new M.M. program will be focused on cultural policy, international law and the arts, cultural economics and the international art market, urban planning and cultural tourism, the international digital media market, and the strategy and governance of cultural organizations, as well as other areas of arts management. The three universities are among the best in the world in terms of research in cultural management as well as on the level of teaching in this field of expertise. They have three teams of renowned professors in arts management who have each developed a specific expertise and who are involved in their respective communities.

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