Creative Work and Business Support: Entrepreneuring in a Liminal Space

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Abstract

This chapter analyses the function of a business support programme for self-employed artists aimed at increasing their entrepreneurial activities. Operating in the cultural and creative sector in the Netherlands, a context where flexible working arrangements are on the rise, cultural entrepreneurship has become essential, but demanding. To address this issue, we ask how a business support programme acts as a cultural intermediary to help artists as cultural entrepreneurs navigate the challenging situation in which they find themselves. To answer this question, the chapter builds on in-depth interviews with participants as well as facilitators of the business support program Cultuur+Ondernemen. Their stories are utilised to trace the role of entrepreneurship training in supporting artists in transcending the liminal space of moving from underemployment to a sustainable income. The chapter shows that although the programme supports creative professionals, this does not mean that participants are enabled to leave a condition of insecure work as this is a structural issue. By raising this point, we contribute to existing research on cultural entrepreneurship, cultural intermediaries, business support for creative workers, and liminal entrepreneuring.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreative Work
Subtitle of host publicationConditions, Contexts and Practices
EditorsErika Andersson Cederholm, Katja Lindqvist, Ida de Wit Sandström, Philip Warkander
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Pages92-106
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003855538
ISBN (Print)9781032509792
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Publication statusPublished - 1-Jan-2024

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