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The Creative Reputation Dilemma: Professional and Emotional Negotiation of Cultural Value


Ooi, CS, The Creative Reputation Dilemma: Professional and Emotional Negotiation of Cultural Value, Exploring Cultural Value: Contemporary Issues for Theory and Practice Kim Lehman, Emerald Publishing Limited, K Lehman, I Fillis and M Wickham (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 133-147. ISBN 9781789735161 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter is based on more than a decade of art world research in Singapore but offers a single case of a composer who has composed a work for an orchestra. This study presents the creative reputation dilemma faced by many artists who attempt to be more entrepreneurial. Most countries promote their creative economy, and that has generated a class of artist entrepreneurs or ‘artrepreneurs’. Professional artists are encouraged and challenged to be economically independent and also to make their practice more profitable. For many artrepreneurs, maintaining their creative reputation comes with emotional costs. The thick description in this chapter demonstrates how an artist negotiates with the patron in finalising a new piece of commissioned music. But they failed to close the deal. This case deviates from studies that focus on successes in the creative industries. Creativity entails experimentation and creating new things, but new things may not be well-received. Nonetheless, these ‘unsuccessful’ works are part of the art world and contribute to creating cultural value in society.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:creative reputation dilemma, Chinese orchestra, artrepreneur, music, creative economy, creative reputation, Singapore
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of culture
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Ooi, CS (Professor Can Seng Ooi)
ID Code:143650
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-03-29
Last Modified:2022-05-13

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