Value of Culture

on the relationship between Economics, Culture and Arts


Dates:       19-23 August, 2014

Language: English


Join the 6th consecutive edition of the International Summer School in Cultural Economics!

For anyone interested in learning about the relevance of culture for the economy and of economics for culture. For anyone who wants to know what cultural leaders are to do in the new economy. For professionals in the cultural sector. For policy makers or advisors to policy makers. For advanced students.

The cultural economic perspective that this course covers, is intended to anticipate, understand and deal with the big changes in the economy and in the cultural sector that are currently underway. The new economy appears to become a creative economy. The production of meanings overtakes the production of things. The creative industries are about the production of meanings. What, then, is creativity? How to engender creative environments?  The cultural sector is about meanings. Why then, is it running the risk of being marginalized? What is the role of the arts? What will be its role in the future? What could cultural leaders do differently to improve the standing of the arts, and increase the necessary support?


The didactic approach is directed at:

  • gaining awareness—of one’s own vision, of one’s values, of one’s need to know
  • exploration—of new or different domains of knowledge
  • grounding—crucial is the connection with one’s own practices, as professional, as policy maker, as student.The grounding is realized by way of the own casus that every participant brings in, through a discussion of other casusses, and a concrete assignment.

There will be plenty of interaction as well as discussions in small groups.




The course will provide both theoretical and practical knowledge. It consist of a series of interactive seminars, group discussions, a few workshops, an excursion and discussions with prominent cultural leaders in Amsterdam.


Topics covered are: the new or creative economy, the realization of values, the vision and values of cultural organization, creative financing, cultural entrepreneurship, creative industries, creative cities, the functioning of art markets, creativity and innovation, strategic management of cultural organizations, and cultural policies. An economic primer is offered to those who are interested in learning basic economic principles.


Participants will receive several texts in advance that they are asked to read and study before the beginning of the course. They are also asked to formulate a casus that is their input to the discussions. Throughout the course they will relate new gained knowledge and insights to their casus. A group assignment is intended to stimulate the discussion among the participants and to apply what they have learned.


The experience with previous courses is that participants do not only learn from the texts and the interactions with the faculty but also from each other. The international composition of the group and the participation of people with interesting and varied backgrounds prove to stimulating each time again.




The course is endorsed by the cultural economics program of the Erasmus University (which offers an international master on cultural economics and entrepreneurship).

The faculty includes well-known scholars working in the field of cultural economics and internationally recognized cultural entrepreneurs. More details are coming soon. Read more


Who can apply


  • Lecturers, researches and students who are interested in cultural management, policies and studies,
  • Representatives of public national and trans-national institutions dealing with culture,
  • Professionals working for or with private and public cultural institutions,
  • Curious people who would like to know more about the subject

Maximum of 20 participants will be admitted.


Download, complete the application form and send it to We will confirm by email when we receive it, but please NOTE that your registration is only taking place when you transfer the fee.

Deadline to submit the application: July 21st, 2014

Candidates who requires visa to enter the Netherlands, please contact us at the earlier stage.


Tuition Fees


Tuition fee: € 1600. The fee includes refreshments, materials, field trips, lunches and excludes accommodation and diners. 


Grants: The Centre for Research in Arts and Economics provides five grants covering 40% of the tuition fee. Candidates are invited to send their CV, motivation letter and a recommendation letter.


Day passes€ 150 (incl. attendance only to the morning sessions).


Early bird registration: Those who register before June 16th, 2014 receive a discount of 10%.


To plan your stay click here (practical information)


Academic Credits


Participants will receive a Certificate for attendance after successful completion of the course. The graduate students can receive 3 ECTS. In that case they need to do an extra assignment. Those who need academic credit should contacts us beforehand to discuss current school’s requirements.


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