Arts Administration I: Researching Topics in Books, Journals, and Newspapers

The purpose of this Guide is to facilitate faculty and student research in Boston University’s Arts Administration program.  Two companion Guides, Arts Administration II: Data and Information Sources and Arts Administration III: Art World–Government, Nonprofit, the Private Sector, Individuals, provide sources on fundraising and philanthropy, marketing and advertising, demographics, and for profit and non-profit companies and a checklist of USA and international organizations and networks advocating for the arts via publications, research, and conferences, respectively.  To navigate this page, use Guide Index above or scroll down.


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Find Books

Books on the arts and on culture/cultural policy may be browsed in the call number range NX700-NX800 located on the second floor of Mugar Library.  eBooks, however, do not have call numbers so be sure to do a keyword search for additional titles.

  • BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)    Limit results to “Available in library” for print books or “Refine My Results: Books / eBooks” for print and online.  Be sure to “Sign In” (top right of results screen) with your BU login. This allows you to borrow checked out books or books the library does not own by clicking a request button labelled “Get it from another library.”
  • BU WorldCat Local  Search here to find books Boston University Libraries does not own and request them.   Books from Boston Library Consortium (BLC) member libraries usually arrive in 3 or 4 business days and may be picked up and returned at Mugar Memorial Library Circulation Desk.
  • Ebrary  Collection of over 100,000 online books; new titles frequently added.  Keyword searching.
  • Books in print Use Subject Search Terms/Keywords.
  • Suggest a Purchase  Request books we do not own.
  • JStor  Book reviews.
  • Google Books Search full text or browse titles.
  • Arts Management Network: Books Directory of publications in the field of arts management. (Check BULS or BU Worldcat Local for availability)
  • AAAE (Association of Arts Administration Educators) Publications Arts management titles submitted by AAAE members. (Check BULS or BU Worldcat Local for availability)
  • RCAC (The Research Center for Arts and Culture) Bibliography.  “extensive bibliography on individual artists and their personal and economic status within society, cognitive and physical development, training and educations and relation to other issues pertinent to the arts field and society-at-large.”  (Check BULS or BU Worldcat Local for availability)

Find Journal Articles

There are three basic ways to find articles published in journals, magazines, and periodicals:

  1. Discovery tool of the library such as BULS (Boston University Libraries Search). Remember to “Sign in” to request articles the library does not have by clicking the button labelled “Get it from another library.”
  2. Databases that are subject specific, such as Art full text , or general,  such as JSTOR and Project Muse.  Results (citations) include online full-text and print articles.  Request via Interlibrary Loan articles not available at BU either in print or online.
  3. Core journal publisher sites that let you search the entire run of a journal from its first volume to the present.  If the library does not have the year(s) you need, request articles via Interlibrary Loan.

BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)

“Refine My Results: Articles.”  Full-text articles accessible on several platforms such as JStor.  Check “For comprehensive searches, also use the individual databases listed below.  Both BULS and the databases index many of the core journals selected below.  Most online journals provide a search box for searching both current and archival issues.  For scholarly articles, click on “Peer-reviewed journals.”


The databases  JStor, Project Muse, ABI/Inform, Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science), International Index to Performing Arts, and Artbibliographies Modern are searchable individually or via BULS.

ABI/Inform  (leading business and management journals) To find “case studies,” 1) select Advanced Search, 2) under Document Type select “Case Study,”  3) enter search terms, for example, “performing arts.”

Academic oneFile   (general)

Art full text  and Art Index Retrospective (art journals and magazines)

ARTbibliographies modern (Online)  (20th- and 21st century art topics)

Billboard Archives on Google Books from January 3, 1942 to December 17, 2011.  Search or Browse.

Business abstracts with full text

Business source complete To find “case studies,” 1) under Document Type select “Case Study,” 2) Enter search terms, for example, theatre.

Communication & mass media complete

ERIC Education Resources Information Center

FIAF international index to film periodicals (Online)

Film index international

Film indexes online

Google Scholar Click on Settings then click on “Library links” and type “Boston University” in the box. Your searching, results that are full text in our library resources, such as JStor, will include direct links to them. You also can export results (citations) to Refworks from Google Scholar Settings: Bibliography manager. Remember to SAVE.

International index to music periodicals (Online)

International index to the performing arts full text

JStor (general, full-text)

LexisNexis academic news

The music index

Music industry data

Project Muse (general, full-text)


Core Journals and Trade Magazines in Arts Management, Business, and Entertainment

Online Core Journals in Arts Management (selected):

American Journal of Arts Management from 2013.  Free but you must register.  Covers U.S. non-profit performing arts industry. Search this journal directly–it is not indexed in the databases. Open Access. Peer-reviewed.

Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts from 2012. Free but you must register.  “… research-based articles and case studies of interest to scholars, artists, and students in the areas of entrepreneurship theory as applied to the arts; arts entrepreneurship education; arts management; arts and creative industries; public policy and the arts; the arts in community and economic development; nonprofit leadership; social entrepreneurship in or using the arts; evaluation and assessment; public practice in the arts.”  Open Access. Peer-reviewed.

Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management from 2003.   “publishes articles that address arts and cultural management and cultural policy issues with an emphasis on research relevant to the Asia-Pacific region. Specific topics covered by the journal include cultural policy, arts funding and law, leadership, management marketing and organisational studies with specific relevance to the arts and cultural sector in the region.”  Search this journal directly.  Open access. Peer-reviewed.

Chronicle of Philanthropy.  News about nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

Cultural Trends from 1998 with an 18-month delay (request full-text articles for those years from ILL (Interlibrary Loan). “A quarterly statistical journal on the arts and wider cultural sector.”

Culture unbound: journal of current cultural research from 2009.  “Academic journal for border-crossing cultural research, including cultural studies as well as other interdisciplinary and transnational currents.”  Open Access.

ENCATC: Journal of Cultural Management and Policy from 2011 to present (2013).  International authors.  “The objective of the ENCATC Journal of Cultural Management and Policy is to stimulate the debate on the topics of cultural management and cultural policy among scholars, educators, policy makers and cultural managers. The Journal is based on a multidisciplinary perspective and aims at connecting theory and practice in the realm of the cultural sector.”  Open Access. Peer-reviewed.

International journal of arts management (Online)  from 2000 Vol. 5(no. 1) to present.  Covers management processes: marketing, human resources, finance, accounting; development of best practices and promotes their use through publication of case studies and analyses; current issues; studies, management, and empirical research; theories and models.

International Journal of Cultural Policy from 1992 to present.  “interdisciplinary and international exploration of the meaning, function and impact of cultural policies. Cultural policy is understood as the promotion or prohibition of cultural practices and values by governments, corporations, other institutions and individuals.”

Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society from 1992 to present, formerly Journal of Arts Management & Law, from 1982-1992 and Performing Arts Review from 1969-1981. “…authoritative resource for the field of performing, visual, and media arts in particular and cultural affairs more generally. Articles, commentary, and book reviews address current and ongoing issues in arts policy, management, law, and governance from a range of philosophical and national perspectives.”

Journal of Cultural Economics Online from 1997.  Article titles only indexed from 1977 to 1996 but you may request full-text articles from ILL (Interlibrary Loan).  “…applies economic analysis to all of the creative and performing arts and the heritage and cultural industries, whether publicly or privately funded. Furthermore, the journal explores the economic organization of the cultural sector and the behavior of producers, consumers, and governments within the cultural sector.”

Media Culture &  Society from 1999 to present.  “…a major peer-reviewed, international forum for research and discussion on the media, including the newer information and communication technologies, within their political, economic, cultural and historical contexts.”

MEIEA Journal from 2000 to present (except 2001). Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association. “Covers scholarly research and writing about the music and entertainment industries.”

Museum Management and Curatorship Online from 1995 to 2006.  Publisher Site from 1982-present.

Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts from 1995 to present.  For earlier years, request full-text articles from ILL (Interlibrary Loan).

Online Core journals in Business (selected):

Academy of Management Review from 1976 to present.  “Articles selected through anonymous review, reviews, syntheses, applications and critiques focused on organizational and management theory aimed at members of the Academy of Management.”

American Economic Review from 1911 to present (for recent years choose American Economic Association platform.  “…a general-interest economics journal.”

Entrepreneurship Research Journal from 2011 to present. “…”a new forum for scholarly discussion on entrepreneurs and their activities, contexts, processes, strategies, and outcomes”

Harvard Business Review from 1922 to present.  “…articles cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to different industries, management functions, and geographic locations. They focus on such areas as leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and managing people.”  “Case studies are written by professors at HBS and at renowned business programs worldwide and focus on actual problems and decisions companies face. Find case studies using Advanced Search: Publication Type–Case Study

Nonprofit management & leadership from 1998. “… insights of top executives and scholars on the common concerns of nonprofit leaders in all settings, including social services, the arts, education, foundations, community development, advocacy work, religion, professional associations, and others. “

Online periodicals in Trade and Entertainment (selected):

Art Newspaper.  International Edition.  “The Art Newspaper breaks news across all sectors of the visual arts, from museums and heritage, creation, publishing, conservation and the art market. It also covers developments in law, tax and the political and economic spheres of cultural policy… it is widely regarded as the journal of record for the sector and its readership is as global as its editorial coverage. Based in London and New York, the English-language publication is part of a network of titles founded by Umberto Allemandi in 1990 with editions in Italian, French, Russian, Chinese and Greek.” Click ARCHIVE to search for articles from about 2012 to the present. [We are trying to get an institutional online subscription from 1990 to present.]

Art New England online 1996 to 2011; in print 1979 to present, call no. N1 .A38.

ArtsJournal digest of current issues in arts and culture in newspapers, magazines, and blogs

Billboard from 1988 to present. “The international newsweekly of music, video and home entertainment; profiles, commentary, album ratings, feature articles, marketing and reviews.”  The years 1894-2013,  with the exception of 1961 and 1962, are available on microfilm:  Mugar Memorial Library Microforms: Microfilm   ML1 .E94

Billboard Archives on Google Books from January 3, 1942 to December 17, 2011.  Search or Browse.

Music Week from 1997.  International.  “A respected voice and valued source of news, data, analysis and opinion throughout the industry.”

Musical America from 1988 to 1992.

Art Business News from 1999 to present.  “Trade magazine covering emerging trends driving the fine-art market.”

Back Stage from 1984 to 2005  and National Edition 1997 to the present.   “Weekly magazine serving the East Coast performer in theater, film and TV industries covering industry news, service features and theater/dance reviews.”

Playbill.  Free website begun in 1994 covering breaking news about the theatre industry, with emphasis on New York shows but also covering regional, touring and and the international stage.  Browse all news from 1995.   Playbill Vault is a comprehensive online database of Broadway history.

Opera News from 1990.  News & reviews of opera companies worldwide.  Available in microfilm from 1936-1990 at Mugar Memorial Library Microforms: Microfilm   ML1 .F09.


Find Newspapers and Newspaper Articles

BULS (Boston University Libraries Search)  searches a limited number of newspapers for full-text articles. Search keywords, e.g., “national endowment for the arts”. On the results page, follow these steps to retrieve only newspaper articles: Refine My Results: Resource Types: Newspaper articles or Resource Types: More options: Newspaper articles.  To get to major newspapers, use the databases and research guide below.

ProQuest News and Newspapers  This database lets you search nine newspaper databases collectively or individually:  Boston Globe (1980 to present), Ethnic NewsWatch, International Newsstand, Boston Globe (1872-1982), Chicago Defender (1910-1973, Chicago Tribune (1849-1990), Los Angeles Times (1881-1990), New York Times (1851-2010), and Washington Post (1877-1997).

LexisNexis Academic Provides full-text coverage of major world publications: magazines, newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, and blogs plus federal and state legal cases and company information.

Newspapers and News Media.  Current newspapers are available from many different databases.  This Boston University Libraries Research Guide is indispensable in helping you get to the newspaper(s) you want to search.

Bibliography: Selected Books

Anheier, Helmut K., and David C. Hammack.American Foundations : Roles and Contributions. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2010. Chapter 13:; Roles of Foundations and Their Impact in the Arts. Project Muse

Baskerville, David. Music business handbook and career guide.  10th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, 2013.  Music Library Reference (ML3795 .B33 2013 )

Baumol, William J.; William G. Bowen. Performing arts, the economic dilemma; a study of problems common to theater, opera, music and dance,  1968. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press.  Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (PN2266 .B38 1968 )

Bernstein, Joanne Scheff.  Standing room only: marketing insights for engaging performing arts audiences, 2nd ed, 2014.  New York, NY: Palgrave Mcmillan.  Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (PN1590.M27 B47 2014 )

Byrnes, William J. Management and the Arts, 4th ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier Focal Press, 2009.Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (NX765 .B87 2009)

Cherbo, Joni Maya; Ruth Ann Stewart; Margaret Jane Wyszomirski. Understanding the Arts and Creative Sector in the United States. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008. ebrary In print:Mugar Memorial Library Stacks ( NX180.S6 U53 2008)

Chong, Derrick. Arts Management. 2nd ed.. ed. London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (NX760 .C48 2010 )

Cornwell, T. Bettina.  Sponsorship in marketing: effective communication through sports, arts, and events.  2013.   ebrary

Creative Communities : Art Works in Economic Development, ed. Michael Rushton. Washington, DC, USA: Brookings Institution Press, 2013. “The chapters are based on papers presented at “The Arts, New Growth Theory, and Economic Development,” a May 2012 Brookings Institution symposium sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The central theme of the symposium was that the arts are not an amenity or a sector that exists in isolation but that they are wholly integrated into local economies.” ebrary

Evans, Mel.  Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts London, England : Pluto Press2015.  ebrary

Gershuny, Alexandra. Graduate programs in arts administration : financial aid, faculty, curriculum, special programs, facilities and more. 2011. New York, N.Y. : College Art Association. Mugar Memorial Library Reference X (NX760 .G57 2011)

Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture, ed. Victor A. Ginsburgh. Sections on history, value, legal issues, culture and the economy, consumption and production, cultural industries, labor markets, auctions and prices, location, and policy.  ScienceDirect (two volumes) and in print Mugar Library NX634 .H34 2006 (volume I only)

Heilbrun, James and Gray, C.M.  The economics of art and culture. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Presss, 2001. Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (NX705.5.U6 H45 2001 )

Hill, Elizabeth. Creative Arts Marketing. Ed. Catherine O’Sullivan and Terry O’Sullivan. 2nd ed. Amsterdam ; Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2003. Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (NX634 .H55 2003 )

Kaiser, Michael M. The Art of the Turnaround Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations. Hanover : University Press of New England, 2008. ebrary

—. Leading Roles 50 Questions Every Arts Board should Ask. Lebanon : Brandeis University Press, 2010. Project Muse.

— and Brett E. Egan.Cycle : A Practical Approach to Managing Arts Organizations. Waltham, MA, USA: Brandeis University Press, 2013.  ebrary.

Key Issues in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. Ed. Ben Walmsley. Mesa, AZ, USA: Goodfellow Publishers Limited, 2011. ebrary.

Kolb, Bonita. Entrepreneurship for the creative and cultural industries London : Routledge, 2015.  ebrary

Korza, Pam, et al.Fundamentals of Arts Management. 5th ed. Amherst : Arts Extension Service, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2007.Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (NX765 .F85 2007 )

McNulty, Tom. Art Market Research: A Guide to Methods and Sources. 2nd ed. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., Publishers, 2013. ebrary

O’Reilly, Daragh, and Finola Kerrigan. Marketing the Arts : A Fresh Approach. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2010. Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (NX634 .M38 2010 )

Rentschler, Ruth. Arts governance : people, passion, performanceNew York : Routledge, 2014.  ebrary

Robertson, Iain. Understanding international art markets and management. London: Routledge, 2005. Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (N8600 .U54 2005 )

Rosewall, Ellen.  Arts management: uniting arts and audiences in the 21st century.  NewYork: Oxford University Press, 2014Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (NX760 .R67 2014 )

Rushton, Michael.  Strategic Pricing for the Arts. New York, New York : Routledge, 2015.  ebrary

Shih, Clara Chung-wai.The Facebook Era : Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2011.Frederick S. Pardee Management Library Stacks (HD30.37 .S49 2011 )

Stein, Tobie S. and Jessica Bathurst.Performing Arts Management: A Handbook of Professional Practices. New York: Allworth Press, 2008. Ebooks Corporation.

Towse, Ruth. A Textbook of Cultural Economics. 2010.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ebrary

Wallace, Margot A. Consumer Research for Museum Marketers : Audience Insights Money can’t Buy. Lanham : AltaMira Press, 2010 Mugar Memorial Library Stacks (AM121 .W35 2010 )

Walter, Carla.  Arts Management: and entrepreneurial approach New York : Routledge, 2015.  ebrary

Zan, Luca.  Managing cultural heritage: an international research perspectiveFarnham, Surrey : Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015.  ebrary

TimeLines of Arts Management

Arts Management as a Profession: A (Very) Brief History and Arts Management as Academic Discipline.  Kim Detterbeck, Art Librarian, Purchase College, SUNY.


Arts Management as a Profession
1767 to 1910
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Arts Management as a Profession
1923 to 1965
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Arts Management as an Academic Discipline
1965 to 2012
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Related Fields

Museums and Museum Studies Research Guide.  Mugar Library, Boston University.

Museum Studies: Information for Museum Professionals and Scholars.Smithsonian. This page provides links to resources pertaining to museum studies: Smithsonian Institution resources, conservation and preservation, education, museum foundation and grant information, organizations, professional resources, and technology.

Hospitality and Tourism Research Guide.Mugar Library, Boston University.

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism

Film and Television Research Guide.Mugar Library, Boston University.

Communication & mass media complete

Cite Your Sources

Bibliographic Managers

Most databases, as well as BULS (Boston University Libraries Search) and Google Scholar, let you “Send” or “Export” your selected search results to a bibliographic manager such as Refworks which converts the results into citations according to the citation style required by your professor.  For a list of popular programs, see Create Bibliographies.

Citation Style Guides

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides excellent web pages describing three basic citation styles:

APA (American Psychological Association) Formatting and Style Guide

Chicago Manual of Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) Formatting and Style Guide


Evaluate Your Sources

Evaluate your journal sources

Choose scholarly/peer reviewed/refereed journals.

Evaluate your book sources

Look for Book Reviews (book reviews are published in journals):

JStor Advanced Search  Type the title of the book in search box.  Narrow by: Item type=Reviews.

Boston University Libraries Search Box Type the full title of a book, e.g., Arts & economics : analysis & cultural policy,  The first result is the book itself. The following results are reviews of the book. Check for additional reviews using Resource Type=Reviews.

Not every book will have been reviewed.

Evaluate your website sources

 Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (Johns Hopkins)






Ruth Thomas, Art Librarian, Mugar Memorial Library 617-353-3770