The Role of Intermediaries of Artistic Work in the Rise of the “Entrepreneurial Regime” of Artistic Production. the Case of Popular Music in France
We will focus on the practices of intermediaries of artistic work in popular music: agents, managers and “tourneurs”. The analysis is based on a survey combining quantitative and qualitative methods: mainly an online questionnaire with 189 managers, agents and “tourneurs”, observations and twenty interviews with these intermediaries.
At the interface between artists and employers but also between art and commerce, they tend to act as market and management logics vectors. The survey shows how, taking aim the "career development" of artists, the work of these intermediaries promotes the development of a new regime of art, the "entrepreneurial regime". Contributing to the social production of artistic labor market, they also act in practice on the "professionalization" of artists by giving precedence to market rationalityand to the injunction to "self-enterprise". We thus conclude by questioning how these intermediaries prescribe a new posture of "artist entrepreneur".
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