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The creative reputation dilemma: professional and emotional negotiation of cultural value

Ooi, CS ORCID: 0000-0002-0824-3766 2021 , 'The creative reputation dilemma: professional and emotional negotiation of cultural value', in K Lehman and I Fillis and M Wickham (eds.), Exploring Cultural Value: Contemporary Issues for Theory and Practice Kim Lehman , Emerald Publishing Limited, United Kingdom, pp. 133-147.

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This chapter is based on more than a decade of art world research inSingapore but offers a single case of a composer who has composed a workfor an orchestra. This study presents the creative reputation dilemma facedby many artists who attempt to be more entrepreneurial. Most countriespromote their creative economy, and that has generated a class of artistentrepreneurs or ‘artrepreneurs’. Professional artists are encouraged andchallenged to be economically independent and also to make their practicemore profitable. For many artrepreneurs, maintaining their creativereputation comes with emotional costs. The thick description in this chapterdemonstrates how an artist negotiates with the patron in finalising a newpiece of commissioned music. But they failed to close the deal. This casedeviates from studies that focus on successes in the creative industries.Creativity entails experimentation and creating new things, but new thingsmay not be well-received. Nonetheless, these ‘unsuccessful’ works are part ofthe art world and contribute to creating cultural value in society.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Ooi, CS
Keywords: creative reputation dilemma, Chinese orchestra, artrepreneur, music, creative economy, creative reputation, Singapore
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
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