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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

“The Art of Rethinking: New Era for Arts Management”

International academic online conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Arts Management education at the Sibelius Academy

Hymyilevä nainen katsoo oikealle, taustalla sininen taivas

The conference will host keynote speeches, research presentations and panel discussions around the key topics of Arts Management research and practice.


The online conference is one of the many occasions to celebrate the 25-year milestone of the Arts Management education at the Sibelius Academy. The event will gather international researchers, students, and practitioners to showcase and discuss the current state and future challenges of arts management, addressed in the variety of arts and culture fields. The conference consists of presentations and discussions. To form the backbone of the programme, we welcome an array of presentations touching various relevant topics of Arts Management, delivered by scholars and practitioners.

Call for presentations

We invite proposals for 15 min presentations from research scholars, PhD candidates, practitioners, and other interested individuals with perspectives on arts management, cultural industries, creative entrepreneurship, and the numerous fields of culture and arts.

Presentations may address topics such as:

  • The history, development, current state, and future of Arts Management as a field of research and practice
  • Arts Management education
  • Arts, culture, and society
  • Cultural industries, culture and economy
  • Creative entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and branding in cultural and creative industries
  • Artist management, management of creativity, processes of creativity
  • Digitalization and its effects on the practice and policy of arts and culture
  • The impact of global pandemics and the climate crisis on arts and culture
  • Arts Management and globalization
  • Cultural diversity, diversity of cultural expressions
  • Views on cultural/arts policy: foreign cultural policy, cultural diplomacy and international relations, cultural policy and processes of transformation, cultural policy and conflict
  • Infrastructures and landscapes of arts and culture
  • Creativity and the city
  • Culture, arts, and ecology
  • Arts and values
  • Cultural heritage, the politics of memory
  • Fundraising and sponsorship in arts and culture
  • Copyrights, contracts and legal issues in arts and culture
  • Special topics of music, performing arts, visual arts, film and television, and other arts and culture sectors
  • Other relevant views on Arts Management

Overall, we want to nurture a wide and inclusive perspective, valuing also creative proposals and various cross-disciplinary approaches.

Please send a 200-300 words proposal as a pdf-file to Professor Toni-Matti Karjalainen ( by 10 April 2022. In the file, please include your name, affiliation and email, as well as the title and brief synopsis of your proposed presentation. The proposals will be reviewed by two academic experts and up to 20 proposals will be selected for presentation at the conference. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 30 April.

There will be no paper proceedings published in the conference, but we would discuss possibilities for different forms of post-conference publications with those presenters who would like to develop their presentations into longer academic papers.


Registration is open May 12 – June 6.

Final programme (Subject to changes)

  • February 2022: Call for Presentations published
  • April 10: Deadline for presentation proposals
  • April 10-30: Selection of presentations, planning of conference programme
  • May 2022: Conference programme published
  • May 2022: Registration opens
  • June 9-10: The Conference

Times announced in Finnish time, +02:00 EEST

Thursday, June 9

10:00 Words of welcome and introductions
Toni-Matti Karjalainen, Violeta Simjanovska, Emilie Gardberg

10:15 Opening panel with Arts Management experts
Franco Bianchini, Milena Dragicevic Sesic, Annukka Jyrämä, Chris Torch, Lidia Varbanova
Moderated by Toni-Matti Karjalainen

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Arts management and marketing perspectives

  • 12:00 Sheila Murray: The Art(ist) Manager: What happens to the art when artists are also arts managers?
  • 12:30 Stéphane Querrec: Strategies for promoting Contemporary Art
  • 13:00 Xiao Lu: Making and marketing Peking Opera in the digital age: a cross-cultural perspective              

13:30 Lunch break

14:30 Arts management and equality & special cases

  • 14:30 Lilja Lehmuskallio & Jenni Pekkarinen: Intersectionality as a tool to foster cultural participation and increase diversity in the cultural domain
  • 15:00 Karolina Karbownik: (re)Branding black metal. Evil that sells extreme music
  • 15:30 Paola Elean Nieto Paredes: Decolonizing cultural diplomacy. Experiences from Latin America   

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Special cases & Arts management and equality

  • 16:30 Charlotte Doesburg & Riitta-Liisa Valijärvi: ‘Have you heard of yet?’ – Oppositions Between Traditional and Modern Practices in Music Making and Promotion by the Finnish Folk Troubadour Duo
  • 17:00 Quanice Floyd & Antonio C. Cuyler: The Death of White Supremacy Culture in the U. S. Creative Sector & Implications for Arts Management: A Critical Race Theory View
  • 17:30 Brea M. Heidelberg: HRM’s Role in the Advancement of Cultural Management in the United States

18:00     End of the day

Friday, June 10

10:00 Cultural management and policy perspectives

  • 10:00 Gonzalo Fernández Naves: Tensions between cultural democracy and cultural democratization in the Spanish local cultural policy (2015-2019)
  • 10:30 Helene George: Creative Economy Concentric Circles Model: A New Framework for Arts and Cultural Management
  • 11:00 Katarzyna Kopeć: Indirect cultural policy – Relief options in the public funding

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Looking ahead

  • 12:00 Marcin Poprawski & Pekka Vartiainen: From responsible and sustainable activities to Ecoethics: Arts and Cultural management education in transition
  • 12:30 Kaisa Rönkkö: The happiest nation with the darkest sounds
  • 13:00 Jenni Pekkarinen & Kaarlo Hildén: Reconstruction of the arts sector in Finland                  

13.30 General discussion: Ideas for the future

14:00 Conference ends

More information about the conference


9.6.2022 – 10.6.2022


Online (details to be announced later)


The conference is free of charge but requires pre-registration (opens in May 2022)