Museums and Markets: perspectives on income generation in a post pandemic world conference
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Center for Creative and Cultural Industies
May 18-20, 2021
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Over the past two decades digital technologies have created new markets and disrupted business models across a range of industries. While museums and heritage sites have tentatively begun to engage with the digital world and its possibilities, their business models remain largely tied to monetizing the in-person visit. COVID-19 has exposed the limitations of such reliance and has left many organizations on a precarious financial footing.
This virtual conference brings together academics and practitioners to explore how museums and heritage sites can respond to changing socio-economic circumstances by reimagining business models, markets and products. The sessions will explore emerging forms of cultural marketization and address how museums and heritage sites can better leverage digital opportunities, to develop both online and off-site revenues to create new, engaging forms of cultural consumption.
The sessions will address the cultural impact of new marketization strategies and consider the feasibility of such development for museums and heritage sites, particularly exploring how they can become more embedded within the Creative and Cultural Industries. Moreover, income generation strategies will be couched within other crucial issues facing museums and heritage sites, such as social justice and the climate crisis.
Ultimately, the conference considers how museums and heritage sites can develop strategies to more effectively to ensure their own long-term financial sustainability whilst continuing to contribute to the growth of the broader Creative Economy.
18 May, 09:00-11.00 [Pacific Daily Time]/17.00-19.00 [British Summer Time]
The session explores how the covid-19 pandemic has prompted museums and heritage sites to rethink their business models and explore new strategies. Speakers will discuss a post-tourism economy, what forms of income generation have remained viable through the pandemic, and what new business models might look like.
President and Executive Director, Corning Museum of Glass
Jamie Larkin and Paul Burtenshaw
Assistant Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries, Chapman University/ Heritage Consultant
Director of Digital, Communications and Technology, The National Gallery
Chair: Paul Burtenshaw, Heritage Consultant
19 May, 09:00-11.00 [Pacific Daily Time]/17.00-19.00 [British Summer Time]
This session explores how museums and heritage sites can effectively engage with organizations across the Creative Economy to develop new audiences, ways of working, and monetizable programming and experiences. Speakers will discuss the types of partnerships that can be forged, how this can transform perceptions of museums and heritage sites, and the kinds of relationships can be developed with dynamic entities such as tech startups.
Head of Policy and Communications, The Heritage Alliance
Museum Consultant and Curator, Žanis Lipke Memorial
Founder and CEO, Cuseum
Chair: Patrick Fuery, Professor and Director, Center for Creative and Cultural Industries, Chapman University
20 May, 09:00-11.00 [Pacific Daily Time]/17.00-19.00 [British Summer Time]
This session explores how museums and heritage sites are actively developing new methods of generating income. Speakers will discuss how museums have pivoted revenue generating strategies during the pandemic, how existing income streams can be reimagined or repurposed, and new and innovative methods of monetizing museum assets.
Founder and Director, Vagina Museum
Lecturer in Cultural Economics, Erasmus University
Innovation Labs Co-Director, The Dali Museum
Chair: Chiara Bonacchi, Senior Lecturer in Heritage, University of Stirling