The article "Digital Futures in Policy and the Cultural Sector in the UK" appeared in the last issue of the Journal of Cultural Management and Policy, published by the European Network on Cultural Administration Training Centers (ENCATC).
The author Ashley Wong summarizes the article as follows:
"The global economic crisis has had a widespread impact across the cultural sector in Europe and the UK in the past 5 years. We are now witnessing the rise and fall of the ‘Creative Economy,’ which has emerged in the past 15 years through neoliberal policies. New hope to revive the economy is envisioned in the ‘Digital Economy,’ where policies intend to place digital innovation at the heart of economic growth. In order to participate in the digital economy, arts organizations are pushed to become ‘digital organizations.’ The Digital Economy presents a number of opportunities and challenges for the cultural sector including standardizing and professionalizing the digital delivery of cultural content, finding new economic models through digital, monetizing digital content, and building digital knowledge, skills, and resources in the sector. What is lost in the new policies is a value in the creative practice that supports experimentation and risk-taking, which is where true innovation takes place. There is a need to re-think the entire cultural and economic system today in the face of a global economic crisis. Despite depreciating funding for the arts, new possibilities can be found in ideas and practices of digital culture and the digital arts."
To read the article, please consult the ENCATC website.
The Journal of Cultural Management and Policy is a yearly publication that aims 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 to connect theory and practice in the realm of the cultural sector. Submitted papers address different fields: culture and creativity, cultural management, cultural policies, marketing, local development, entrepreneurship, and education applied to the cultural sector. This publication also aims to be a platform for multidisciplinary debate and new perspectives among researchers.