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Monika Herzig

Monika Herzig

Herzig teaches classes on the Music Industry and Community Arts Organizations. She is the co-founder of Jazz from Bloomington, a jazz society fostering exposure and education about Jazz. Over the past seven years, she has booked and organized close to 40 concerts with internationally renowned artists and presented programs to thousands of elementary school children in South Central Indiana. In addition, she is a board member of the Jazz Education Network and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. Her jazz record label ACME Records is home to the jazz ensembles Monika Herzig Acoustic Project, Kwyjibo, Third Man, and BeebleBrox.

As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

David Baker: A Legacy in Music

David BakerA Living Jazz Legend, musician and composer David Baker has made a distinctive mark on the world of music in his nearly 60-year career—as player (chiefly on trombone and cello), composer, and educator. In this richly illustrated volume, Monika Herzig explores Baker’s artistic legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long-term gig as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies department at Indiana University. Baker’s credits are striking: in the 1960s he was a member of George Russell’s "out there" sextet and orchestra; by the 1980s he was in the jazz educator’s hall of fame. His compositions have been recorded by performers as diverse as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Composer’s String Quartet and the Czech Philharmonic. Featuring enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased recordings and Baker compositions, this book brings a jazz legend into clear view.

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Michael Rushton

Michael Rushton

Michael Rushton directs the Arts Administration programs at Indiana University in Bloomington. An economist by training, he has published widely on such topics as public funding of the arts, copyright, nonprofit organizations and tax policy, and served as Co-Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics. At IU he teaches students economic applications in the arts, including the art of pricing, the focus of this blog. He is the Editor, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, of Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development, coming in Spring 2013 from Brookings Institution Press.

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Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development

Michael Rushton - Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic DevelopmentUrban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decision makers are increasingly focused on what makes places "livable." Many factors are involved, including the arts and culture, which make a crucial contribution to community development. But knowledge about arts and culture as a development tool and what works at various urban and regional levels is lacking. What art forms or types of arts-related employment matter the most, and in what neighborhoods? How does a city ensure that "the arts" is not defined simply by a core of long-established major arts institutions? What state and local policies best foster the development of strong local arts scenes?

Creative Communities offers answers and provides an understanding of "how art works." A central theme is that the arts are an amenity or sector to be considered not in isolation but as a wholly integrated part of the local economy. Using original data and quantitative and qualitative methods, the contributors investigate the arts as an engine for transforming communities and as an integral, measurable component of the U.S. economy. Topics include location choices by arts entrepreneurs, links between the arts and non-arts sectors, public policies to foster local arts organizations, and the arts' effects on incomes in cities across the nation.

The complex role of the arts in local growth has made empirical research in this field especially challenging. The new research in this volume will be warmly welcomed by scholars who seek to understand this dynamic relationship and policymakers who strive to promote the economic growth and development of their communities.

This volume has been edited by Michael Rushton for the National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Research & Analysis.

Strategic Pricing for the Arts

pricing iconStrategic Pricing in the Arts came about from Michael Rushton’s course on Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector, which has long had a module on how to think about setting prices. In this book he gives a framework for thinking about questions that so often arise in arts organizations: what price to charge? Should there be a discount for students and seniors, and if so, how much? Should prices always aim to fill the house to capacity? How different should prices be between premium seating and the upper balcony? How much should be charged for subscriptions and memberships relative to single admission? How should nonprofits and public organizations adjust their prices for mission-related goals? Answers to these questions and more are given in a systematic, but non-technical, approach, using the findings of contemporary research.

Joanna Woronkowicz

Joanna Woronkowicz

Joanna is an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington and a Research Associate at the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. Previously she served as the Senior Research Officer at the National Endowment for the Arts. Her research interests include cultural policy and nonprofit management, particularly as they relate to cultural facility development and urban policy.

By reporting on cultural policies and their effects on people and institutions, Joanna Woronkowicz's blog attempts to define just what is cultural policy in the U.S.

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