September 19, 2017
Intuitive, innovative, intense: artists, creators and entrepreneurs are most often driven by tremendous passion for what they do. They take different approaches, however. “Artists and creators want the public to understand the value of what they create. For entrepreneurs, it’s important to be able to read their environment and their market so that they can sell their new wares.” That is one of Louis Jacques Filion’s observations in his new book entitled Artistes, créateurs et entrepreneurs, published by Del Busso, exploring various aspects of the dynamics of creative industries.
This is the 25th book by this prolific Honorary Professor. He emphasizes that he wanted to “break the ice” with a volume of case studies on a rarely examined aspect of entrepreneurship. A number of experts contributed to the book, along with Professor Filion himself: Claudine Auger, Jacqueline Cardinal, Mircea-Gabriel Chirita, Luis Cisneros, Géraldine Dallaire, Anaïs Del Bono, Yves Deschamps, Ali Fadil, Laurent Lapierre, Serge Poisson-de Haro and Wendy Reid. François Colbert, holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal, penned the preface.
The book opens with a series of case studies: designer Michel Dallaire; film producer Roger Frappier; publisher Antoine Del Busso; Geneviève Salbaing, the entrepreneur who made the Ballets Jazz de Montréal an international success; Jacques Matte, the driving force behind the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue; Rhéal Olivier Lanthier and François St-Jacques, founders of the Art Mûr art gallery; and David Lavoie, a facilitator working behind the scenes to support young theatre professionals in Montréal.
The second part then examines what can be learned from entrepreneurship in the creative industries, and the differences and similarities between artists and creators, on the one hand, and entrepreneurs, on the other.
“Artists are entrepreneurs, in their own way, and entrepreneurs are also artists, in their way,” explains the lead author. In these pages he shows how fruitful the alliance between artists and entrepreneurs can be and how it is important for them to work and grow together.
About Louis Jacques Filion
Louis Jacques Filion was formerly a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and holder of the Rogers—J.A. Bombardier Chair of Entrepreneurship at HEC Montréal. His research mainly concerns entrepreneurship and systems. He has authored over one hundred publications.