Reverberations: Music and Business

January 29th, 2018 in Blog with NO COMMENTS

Reverberations: Music and Business

Join Community Music Center of Boston faculty member and professional jazz musician and bandleader Matt Savage at The Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts for a concert and livestream conversation about the many creative ways contemporary musicians are driving the cultural economy. Also featuring Lucas Spivey, curator of Mills Gallery Exhibition Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business.

The Exhibition
Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business
Lucas Spivey, Invited Curator
February 3–April 8, 2018
The Mills Gallery

In Mills Gallery exhibition Culture Hustlers, artist/entrepreneurial arts advisor Lucas Spivey presents an inventive take on commerce and the contemporary American arts landscape by curating a multimedia showcase of inventive arts business models employed by makers working across the United States. The art and design products on view forefront the intimacy and personal touch of the handmade, yet locate themselves squarely in the time- and place-less digital marketplace, engaging the global economy in their endeavor to connect fine art to audience in new ways. Boston Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome back Spivey following his popular Summer 2017 Public Art Residency on the BCA Plaza with the Mobile Incubator—a 1957 Shasta camper trailer turned office—where he held office hours to engage the South End community in questions about the health and happiness of the Boston culture sector.
Artists: Derek Erdman (Chicago, IL), Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (Española, NM), Kristin Farr (San Francisco, CA), Smith Shop (Detroit, MI), Tieton Mosaic (Tieton, WA)

The Presenters

Lucas Spivey is a biz dev expert for the cultural sector, researching small to medium enterprises (SME) in the creative and cultural industries (CCI), namely artists, performers, designers, writers, architects, directors and other cultural producers. Lucas travels across the US gathering qualitative research through public conversations, podcast interviews, livestream workshops on social media, and other collaborations and experiential education. His research demonstrates that the cultural sector is limited by a lack of access to capital, intellectual property and legal acumen, and disproportionate low marketing budgets. Yet artists and cultural entrepreneurs have high mission enthusiasm, product authenticity, and creative incentives.
Lucas Spivey is currently pursuing a PhD and fellowships to research strategies for SMEs in CCI. He received his MBA in Finance at Endicott College and his BFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Art History at the University of Washington. He completed a Masters Certificate in Emerging Markets at Ipade Business School at Universidad Panamerican in Mexico City. Lucas has developed experiential education and academic programming for MIT, Harvard, Montserrat College of Art, University of Washington, Boston Center for the Arts, Ringling College, New Hampshire Art Institute, the Arts & Business Council, and other institutions. He is a Founding Partner in Services Invisible, connecting the creative sector with business services; the founder of the Mobile Incubator, a research program on regional cultural sectors; host of the Culture Hustlers podcast; and the Founding Director of 17 Cox, an experimental arts center.
Originally from Minneapolis, a long time resident of Seattle, and currently based in Boston, Lucas travels extensively around the US in a solar powered ’57 Shasta camper towed by a ’73 Canadian ambulance.

Matt Savage, has had a fifteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader and composer with ensembles of different size. He’s played with some of the biggest names in jazz. Along the way, he’s recorded twelve albums as leader and one as collaborator. He is a Bösendorfer piano artist. As a composer, Matt has garnered respect. He composed and recorded the score for a full-length documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story. The movie, which premiered in 2014, chronicles the life of jazz alto saxophonist Frank Morgan. Additionally, Savage wrote almost all the songs on his twelve albums, several of which have been used in short documentaries, on web sites, in school music curricula and in government educational materials. Savage has toured worldwide and had many national media appearances.
A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, Matt balances his professional music career with teaching. He teaches at Community Music Center of Boston, and at Bunker Hill Community College. Matt gives masterclasses and workshops domestically and internationally (in English and Spanish) as well as private piano lessons.Spivey

Friday, March 9 7pm (NEW DATE!)

Please note that this concert will be held at:

Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts

539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Our series is named in memory of John Kleshinski, our former CMCB Board President.  All concerts are informal, family-friendly and run approximately ninety minutes in length — a great opportunity to enjoy a diverse sampling of musical instruments and genres.



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