A Theory of Arts Entrepreneurship as Organizational Attack

  • Jason C. White College of Charleston


Arguably, both success and failure in arts entrepreneurship do not depend upon one’s own ability to employ themselves or create a business. Given that the academic field of arts entrepreneurship is still emerging, it is not surprising that arts entrepreneurship theory is underdeveloped. While a theory of arts entrepreneurship could help answer the recurring question (i.e., What is arts entrepreneurship?), without a theory supported by evidence, what arts entrepreneurship “is” may be based on individual subjectivity, discipline-based bias, and untested assumptions. To address this gap in the arts entrepreneurship literature, I propose a theory of arts entrepreneurship evidenced by repeated observations that are verifiable via case study experiences. 

Author Biography

Jason C. White, College of Charleston

Dr. White is an Assistant Professor of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at College of Charleston, where he works with students to address arts management issues, co-develop solutions to common challenges, and organize new opportunities in arts and related entertainment fields. Dr. White is a published author in Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Journal of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, JAMLS (Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society), Innovative Higher Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. In addition, White is a founding member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE). Artistically, Dr. White is best known as the playwright, co-actor and co-director of the multi-award nominated and NAACP award winning educational play, See The Dance: The History of American Minstrelsy. Prior to receiving his PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University, White earned a BFA in Acting from The California Institute of the Arts, and attended The University of Akron; obtaining both a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Arts Administration, and a Master in Education (M.Ed.) specializing in Assessment and Evaluation.