Arts Interlink was formed in 1999 to bring together a consortium of leading arts management consultants and consultancies, based in the UK but with global interests. Their common aim is to offer an integrated and culturally perceptive service to their clients.
Their areas of expertise range from theatre, dance, music and the performing arts to the cinema, sound recording, broadcasting, publishing and the Internet. Their collective experience includes both building and company management. Members have worked extensively for universities, government departments and arts companies across the world.
Arts Interlink members share the belief that while the value of the arts can rarely be measured only in financial or commercial terms, a basis of sound administration is required for the arts to thrive at all levels.
Arts Management has changed
Until recently in the West, the public and private sectors of the arts were thought to be rivals. The state was the main source of funding for opera, theatre and dance companies, orchestras and national art galleries. Private companies provided popular entertainment. Both sides protected their territories, whose borderline separated “high” from “low” art. Now many state-subsidised companies receive income from the private sector. Public-private partnerships are customary. Old dividing lines have been crossed without the loss of artistic standards. A.I. members have assisted and continue to assist governments in this difficult process of transition.
Arts Management is changing
At one time, the arts were thought to be a collection of cottage industries. Individual artists created works of art that were best appreciated by the connoisseur or the rich collector. The arts were for the wealthy. Entertainment was for the masses. Now mass markets for the arts have been developed through the cultural industries – film, video and sound recording, broadcasting and publishing. But the key element to the success of all these industries is still the creativity of the artist. That is why Arts Interlink is described as an ‘arts-led’ consultancy.
Arts Management is continually changing
Through the cultural industries, the arts from many different countries and national cultures can be seen and appreciated throughout the world. This is one of the benefits of globalisation. But some countries have no access to these industries. Smaller voices can be lost in the battle for the airwaves.
All societies contain many points of view. The arts help to express these outlooks and prevent cultural shock from becoming just antagonism. Cultural tourism develops the awareness of different cultures. Because its members have worked in many different countries, Arts Interlink offers a service that is sensitive to cultural differences. Multi-culturalism is a source of artistic and social strength.