Study Arts and Business

At Miami University, we believe the arts have the power to transform the world around us and contribute to contemporary problem solving on a global scale. US Arts and Culture is a $730 billion industry representing more than 4.2% of the nation’s GDP. In order to thrive in the creative economy and the gig economy, today’s artist must take control of their futures by combining artistic practice, business savvy, and the entrepreneurial mindset and process. The Arts Management & Entrepreneurship Program at Miami University prepares future artists and arts leaders by providing the necessary skills for connecting artistry, arts management, and arts entrepreneurship across disciplines.

Did you know the arts and culture industries account for 4.2 percent of the GDP, 4.1. million jobs, 750 billion dollar industry

Student Spotlight

Joshua Sweet

Joshua Sweet

Hometown: Hamilton, OH
Academic Level: Junior/Senior 
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020 
Major: Community Arts 
Co-Major: Arts Management

"The arts fit in an odd place within American society. Although much of the focus for rebuilding economies is rooted in STEM-based businesses, arts organizations are the secret sauce that transform a struggling city into a thriving community. Advocacy and policy outreach are important for not only the sustainability of arts organizations, but as a means of increasing resources that are available for arts education. If we fail to educate young people about the ways in which the arts have influenced cultural change, how are they to grasp the ways in which their creativity can affect society?"

Read more about Joshua's experiences in Arts Management

Caroline Avolio

Caroline Avolio

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Academic Level: Junior
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Major: Theatre
Co-Major: Arts Management

"In our classes, we rarely discuss hypothetical situations—we read and analyze real arts organizations’ tax forms, we help to rebrand currently-operational, local theaters, we develop our own entrepreneurial ventures and create real, online platforms on which for them to live. It’s rare to have such experiences before entering the workforce, and it’s been incredibly beneficial to have learned about these things while still in school."

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Arts Management and Entrepreneurship News

New and in the News

Willie Caldwell and Todd Stuart holding the SSAE AwardWhat does it take to be an artist in the 21st-century?

This is the question that Miami faculty Todd Stuart and Willie Caldwell used as the foundation to create the Arts Management and Entrepreneurship curriculum at Miami University. Their continued investigation of this question recently earned them the top research award in the field of Arts Entrepreneurship. Read more about this award