Value of Culture 2017

On the relationship between Economy, Culture and the Arts

Dates: 22-26 August, 2017
Language: English

Location: Impact Hub, Linnaeusstraat 2c, Amsterdam

NEW DEADLINE: 24th July, 2017

Stay ahead. Learn about the latest developments in the field of the economy of the arts, culture, and the creative industries.

Learn how to beat the money talk. Learn the value based approach to do the right thing, to uphold cultural values while meeting financial needs.

The International Summer School in Cultural Economics will have its 8th edition this year in Amsterdam.  You will take advantage of the extensive experience we built up over all these years and a network of alumni that spans the world. The Summer school draws on the skills and knowledge of the top ranked international master program on cultural economics and entrepreneurship at the Erasmus University.

In this short but intensive course you will mingle with professionals and advanced students from all over the world to get the latest insights concerning the economy of the arts, culture and creative industries. You will learn especially about the value based approach which was developed at the Erasmus University.

Our approach 

This course uses the Value-based Approach to figure out how to realize the values of cultural organizations, including the financing. This approach stresses the role of values, and points out the different logics for the realization of values.  This gets us to discuss the special characteristics of cultural goods and their valorization; the mission of a project, an organization or a sector; cultural entrepreneurship, financial strategies, and alternative ways of evaluation. The value based approach provides crucial insights for cultural entrepreneurship. We pay special attention to the financing of creative activities. Some modes of financing are better than others, so we will find out. Participants learn from best practices and by practicing themselves.

The new book of prof. Arjo Klamer “Doing the right thing” lays the foundation of the Value-based-Approach.

Program & Method

The course will consist of a series of interactive seminars, group discussions, a few workshops, and an excursion.  

In this course participants will gain up to date knowledge about:

▪  Cultural values and their articulation and the realization

▪  Creative economy

▪  Creative industries

▪  Policies supporting cultural industries

▪  Strategic planning and financing

▪  Cultural entrepreneurship

▪  New methods for evaluation of the impact of cultural and creative industries

The course stimulates interaction among the participants by the development of a common project, personal reflection on one’s own values and purposes, and applications of the ideas presented. Each participant will have a chance to present his or her own project and will receive professional advice.

The course will include an economic primer In case participants  who want to know basic economic principles. This could be especially important for those who consider the international master of cultural economics and entrepreneurship, Erasmus University. In case they prove to master those basic principles that may qualify for direct access to the master and skip the premaster. (They will have to pass a test to qualify). 


The course is endorsed by the cultural economics program of the Erasmus University (that offers an international master on cultural economics and entrepreneurship) and Association of Cultural Economics International.

The faculty, led by professor dr. Arjo Klamer (Erasmus University, Rotterdam), includes academics in the field of cultural economics and practitioners who will share their insights.

For whom

  • Professionals working for or with private and public cultural institutions;
  • Lecturers, researches and students who are interested in cultural management, policies and studies;
  • Students who are interested in the master of cultural economics and entrepreneurship at Erasmus University;
  • Representatives of public national and trans-national institutions dealing with culture;
  • Curious people who would like to know more about the subject.

Be part of inspiring and thought-provoking discussions with interesting and curious professionals and students from all over the world. Develop a network that will last a life time. Read about previous participants experience.

Fees and Accommodation

Tuition fee for for professionals is € 900 and  € 600 for students. The fee includes refreshments, materials, field trips, lunches and excludes accommodation and dinners.

The Centre for Research in Arts and Economics provides five grants for students only covering 40% of the tuition fee. Candidates are invited to send their CV, a motivation letter and two recommendation letters.

To plan your stay click here. Additional list of hotels and restaurants recommended by the host, the Impact Hub.


Maximum of 20 participants will be admitted.

Download, complete the application form and send it to (subject: VOC Amsterdam).
The deadline for early bird applications: May 15th, 2017 (10% discount). The discount is valid only upon payment of the tuition fees. 

Final deadline to submit the application: July 10th, 2017

Candidates who requires visa to enter the Netherlands, please contact us as soon as possible.

Academic Credits
Participants will receive a Certificate for attendance after successful completion of the course. The graduate students can receive 3 ECTS. In that case they need to do an extra assignment. Those who need academic credit should contacts us beforehand to discuss current school’s requirements.

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