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Managerial creativity: a study of artist management practices in the Australian popular music industry

posted on 2022-03-28, 01:17 authored by Guy Richard Morrow
Artist managers 'create' careers for musicians, yet little has been written about their creativity in the academic domain. Thus this thesis develops the notion of managerial creativity. Artist managers build and maintain 'brands', and this is a creative industry function. The thesis begins with a description of what artist management is, then it reviews the way in which various Australian musicians' and artist managers' careers are created and maintained. A musical idea or product arises from the synergy of many sources and not only from the mind of a single person (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996). Therefore it is easier to enhance creativity by changing conditions in the environment the artist is located in than by trying to make artists think more creatively. Managerial creativity involves the creation and maintenance of the system, context or environment from which artistic creativity emerges and is therefore the facet of the music industry that can most effectively enhance musical creativity.


Table of Contents

Introduction -- Literature review, discussion of methodologies and research orientation -- "20% of nothing": Australian rock music management -- Australian country music management -- Australian pop music management: the third party -- Conclusion: managerial creativity.


Bibliography: p. 377-385

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


Thesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Division of Humanities, Department of Contemporary Music Studies

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Philip Hayward

Additional Supervisor 1

Mark Evans


Copyright disclaimer: Copyright Guy Richard Morrow 2006.






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