George Fairfax Fellow 2004, Stephen Preece

Kenneth Myer Lecture - Unlikely bedfellows: Exploring unique performing arts collaborations

While collaboration has long been a way of life in the performing arts, recent trends have seen arts groups increasingly push into new, non-traditional patterns of partnership. Based on exploratory, qualitative research involving interviews with over 50 arts organizations, this paper presents a typology of performing arts partnerships which push the boundaries of collaboration in the various sectors. The resulting conceptual framework addresses the advantages and disadvantages of such collaborative ventures. The paper also provides recommendations for appropriate partnering as well as effectively managing the challenges of cooperation.


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