Social intervention or market intervention? A problem for governments in promoting the value of the Arts

Radbourne, Jennifer 2002, Social intervention or market intervention? A problem for governments in promoting the value of the Arts, International journal of arts management, vol. 5, no. 1, Fall, pp. 50-61.

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Title Social intervention or market intervention? A problem for governments in promoting the value of the Arts
Author(s) Radbourne, Jennifer
Journal name International journal of arts management
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Season Fall
Start page 50
End page 61
Publisher Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commercials de Montreal
Place of publication Canada
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1480-8986
Keyword(s) marketing
values exchange
audience development
arts policy
Summary The research design for this paper is based on the critical need for greater emphasis by Australian arts organizations on relationship marketing as a means of achieving sustainability. Recent injections of government funds into the performing arts in Australia, to meet a "crisis" in financial viability and audience development, highlighted the dependence of arts organizations on government funds in building audiences. A hypothesis was developed through an analysis of the literature on relationship marketing, cultural economics and value measurement, and an analysis of the long-term outcomes of government strategies for the funding of arts marketing. The hypothesis is that while social intervention is acceptable (even desirable and necessary), and achieves the social goals of governments, market intervention reduces the benefits of relationship-building and the exchange of values between arts organizations and their audiences.

Analysis of government documents and primary research in audience development proved the hypothesis. Empirical research resulted in the development of a theory and model that describe the limits of market intervention and in the development of a definition of values in the continuum of government activity from social to market intervention. The model could be useful for governments in developing arts policy with regard to audiencebuilding. It could also be useful in demonstrating to arts managers that sustainability results not from government funding but rather from relationship-marketing strategies.

Language eng
Field of Research 150599 Marketing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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