Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 45–63 | Cite as

Programmatic Risk-Taking by American Opera Companies

  • J. Lamar Pierce


This study explores the relationships between culture,politics, and the decision-making process of theAmerican opera company. It combines socio-economicdata with the financial and program data of key operacompanies to explore important influences inprogramming decisions. It tests the hypothesizedrelationships between risk-taking by opera companiesand socio-economic variables such as wealth,government funding, and donor involvement. This studyfinds that local government funding encourages programconventionality, while federal support such as the NEAencourages program risk-taking. Socio-economicvariables such as conservatism, wealth, and educationlevel were also found to affect opera programming.

arts economics music NEA opera 


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