When one thinks of business and the arts it is typical to think of how business needs to be a good community citizen and support the arts. They may support the arts because it is the right thing to do, their executives need some form of community service or they may really like art.
Businesses act in their own self interest and this is a simple fact. Now there is a reason to combine their self interest and support for art and culture. It can be summed up in three simple words. To discover these words check out my new article in ColoradoBiz: How to get business to support the arts – It all comes down to three little words
There are some changes going on in the economy and the creative sector seems to be the future of many economies. As an artist you are a part of this sector and for many of you this will provide great opportunities and business growth.
In his book, The Rise Of The Creative Class, author Richard Florida describes why this sector is important. Read more about the creative class here in my new article in ColoradoBiz Magazine: The Creative Class – The Lessons of Richard Florida.
In Colorado our creative sector is fifth largest part of our economy in terms of employment. Many of us who support the creative economy are involved in efforts to increase awareness of the State’s creative talents and help this important sector grow.
Two of the companies in our local area that are helping to promote our creative sector are denverarts.org and Modern In Denver magazine. Their efforts may give you some ideas on how you can promote the creative sector in your area. To read more check out the article – “The book end of the creative sector”
I am a supporter of the Creative Economy and feel that business has an important role to play. Artists and other creative professionals need business skills and the help and support of the business community. Likewise the business community needs the creative economy to help in its economic development efforts, make our communities more enjoyable and viable and to provide a source of creativity. Here is a recent article which appeared in several venues in the Denver area.
Neil McKenzie Pounding the Creatives and Business Drum
In Colorado, the creative sector is the fifth largest part of our economy in terms of employment. The South Metro Chamber of Commerce where I am a member is starting an initiative to help promote the creative sector in our part of the Denver Metro Area. As chief instigator of the the effort I have been fortunate to be able to talk to our community’s top political, business and arts leaders to garner support. In a recent article for Colorado Biz Magazine I discussed the difference two organizations are making in our local economy. I encourage you to start a similar effort in your part of the world.
Read more of the article: The creative economy in bloom