Creativity, Policy, Advocacy and You: the ArtsJournal Convo Continues

We’re well into day three of  “Creative Rights & Artists” — a week-long blog discussion series brought to you by the Future of Music Coalition, the National Alliance for Art Media + Culture, Fractured Atlas and — and the dialogue is positively crackling with insight. “Creative Rights & Artists” brings together some of the sharpest minds in the arts and culture community, including FMC peeps and pals Jean Cook, Casey Rae Hunter and Tim Quirk to ponder the state of creativity, policy and advocacy in the 21st century.

Here are a few of the highlights so far…

Questions on the table: How can educators prepare artists for the complex challenges that face them in the new technological landscape? How can the legal system better protect and nurture creativity? How can arts advocates and administrators more effectively represent the needs of artists? And, most importantly, how can artists engage in these issues and become better advocates themselves?

Tim Quirk debunks “the Jagger Effect”:

Over 20 years in the music business has convinced me that the idea of creative geniuses tending only to their art while others figure out how to find it an audience, and then turn that audience into money, isn’t just a myth, it’s a pernicious lie. Moreover, it’s a lie that folks on the business side have a vested interest in perpetuating.

Jean Cook on the importance of engaging in unsexy policy debates:

“You don’t have to be a lawyer to understand these complex and nuanced issues, but you do have to be willing to do some serious detective work and put up with a lot of legalese to develop the same clarity of position outside the arts advocacy comfort zone. While we struggle with this challenge, policymakers have to assume that the other “creative voices” speak for us.

Casey Rae Hunter on on the importance of outreach and communication:

We have to come up with more compelling ways to make our case to not only to our traditional supporters but also to potential new champions who don’t yet know why they should be on our team, but might if we spoke more of their language. We also should consider how we’re listening: to our supporters, representatives and, most importantly, each other.”

The Media Democracy Fund’s Yolanda Hippensteele on the uphill battle for funding:

“While we can rightly describe the challenges of organizing and advocating around cultural policy (it’s technocratic and unsexy, the targets are diffuse and opque, etc.), it is really a lack of resources more than a lack of strategy, interest, or passion that keeps this field from generating the level of awareness and strength of constituency needed to adequately represent the interest of the arts in these critical debates….It’s not an overstatement to say that the future of arts, media and culture is riding on the work of a perilously under-resourced field. Yet few philanthropists are informed or engaged in media policy, and even fewer are funding it.”

(Note to philanthropists: Click here to donate to FMC!)

…and finally, Mozilla’s Nathaniel James on hope for the future of creative intervention:

If you’re reading this, chances are you too are shaping our communications system through multiple means.  It’s time to name it, claim it, and think through how each mode of impact can support the others….If you don’t like the system, innovate.

Read more on the ArtsJournal blog.

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