Entrepreneurship in the Arts Educations 2019-2022

Under the heading ENTRE, CAKI develops, initiates, implements and evaluates a number of activities in close collaboration with KUR* and the Entrepreneurship Working Group. The working group is composed of participants from all the art schools in the KUR circle. The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus is responsible for art schools’ shared endeavor regarding entrepreneurship as a common goal in the schools’ framework agreements with the Ministry of Culture.

The arts educations have worked with entrepreneurship as a developing field of knowledge since 2010, and today the field is both wide and in continuous movement in the institutions. However, there are still teachers in the schools who lack knowledge and experience of how entrepreneurship can be used as a resource in art education. Similarly, there is also a lack of concrete experience of how entrepreneurship can be used as a resource in artistic development and research. It is also still relevant to start building an incubation environment for students, teachers and researchers from the arts educations.

These are the three areas, which CAKI’s work is focused on in accordance with the agreement period 2019-2022:

  1. development of competencies for the teachers
  2. the link between entrepreneurship and artistic development and research
  3. the development of an incubation environment for the artistic education

Below you can read more about each focus area. The box on the right / bottom of the page contains links to related content.

* KUR: The circle of rectors from the Arts Educations in Denmark.

Competence development of educators

Entrepreneurship as a knowlede resource in the education of arts

In the fall of 2019, a pilot project will be launched, which will develop the format and content of a competency development program in entrepreneurship targeted at all teachers in the artistic programs. It is the ambition that the project can contribute to developing the level of knowledge and ambition for entrepreneurship education in all the schools and that the differences that may be, are offset through knowledge sharing and competence development. This should be understood as contributing to the diversity that already exists within the education work of entrepreneurship as a field of knowledge, and not as a narrowing of the concept of entrepreneurship.

The project is taking place over a longer timeframe that extends until 2022 with the goal that all teachers in the artistic programs complete a competence development course that develops the didactics and pedagogy of entrepreneurship as a knowledge area in the arts education. The aim of the introductory project is thus to investigate and develop the relationship between the entrepreneurial profession and the art education, with a view for all educators to be able to use entrepreneurship as a resource in the individual student’s education.

As a key part of the program, the Entrepreneurship Working Group is making itself available to spread entrepreneurship as a knowledge area to those teachers who do not already use entrepreneurship as a resource. The working group is run by CAKI and has the participation of those responsible for entrepreneurship as a knowledge area in schools. With the project, the intention is that we in the working group open the doors to entrepreneurship as a knowledge and competence field to colleagues and show what the entrepreneurship profession can as practice and as pedagogy. There are thus key elements of method development as well as continuing education in the project.

The initial exercises consist of mapping the schools’ needs and wishes for a competency development program as well as a development work in the working group. Including an school where each school (in addition to the member of the working group) participates with two teachers. Then a pilot program is formulated, which is tested and adapted over a two-year period. The final output of the project thus becomes a program for competence development that contributes broadly to strengthen the teachers’ use of entrepreneurship as a knowledge area in teaching.

The project forms part of the follow-up to the common objectives of the Ministry of Culture’s artistic educational institutions as stipulated in the framework agreements covering the period 2019-2022. In this context, the potential for shared capacity use must be elucidated through knowledge sharing in the Entrepreneurship Working Group as well as the involvement of international and national entrepreneurship networks. This should result in joint professional events, which are as far as possible coordinated with the efforts and events of the other common goals, and which support the students’ transition to the labor market through the use of entrepreneurship. The project was initiated by Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium / Keld Hosbond in collaboration with CAKI / Pernille Skov and with the participants in the working group for entrepreneurship on the artistic programs as partners.

Formats for artistic business

Artistic and cultural entrepreneurship in the artistic enterprise

The terms of the artistic practice and the creative processes underpinning it are challenged by the speed of society and technologies that evolve in the world – in terms of the movements of technological newcomers, changed distribution possibilities and formats for presentation. The educational institutions must be able to train the artists of the future to meet these challenges and expectations, and it is part of the education’s task to equip each student to be part of this reality.

The artist’s business therefore requires, in addition to the artistic position, also entrepreneurial skills and management professional skills that can support and lift the artistic business. Similarly, entrepreneurship can help to strengthen the use and development of the core profession in relation to the individual artist’s business as well as in relation to the outside world.

Against this background, a project aimed at developing and strengthening the relationship between entrepreneurship as a knowledge area and the artistic development work and enterprise is initiated. Integrated in the project is a focus on systematizing the knowledge sharing of the project’s experiences, so that teachers, students and educational developers of all the artistic programs have access to the latest experiences and the knowledge gained, so that the project can help to strengthen the applicability of the field in the educational programs everyday practice.

The project ‘Formats for artistic enterprise’ is a collaboration between the higher education programs in the KUR collaboration. It is a cross-institutional development project, based on the network of entrepreneurship teachers in the artistic programs. The project aims to explore and develop the relationship between entrepreneurship as a knowledge area, the students ‘artistic development work and the teachers’ KUV projects, together with teacher colleagues and educational planners.

It is expected that the teachers, in the long term and based on the new knowledge they acquire through the project, will locally develop pedagogical and didactic measures that strengthen the students’ entrepreneurial skills and competences in artistic enterprise and cultural entrepreneurship.

The project is linked to the ongoing competence development project that examines and develops the relationship between the entrepreneurial profession and the art education, in order to prepare all educators to use entrepreneurship as a resource in the individual student’s education.

With the project, the intention is that the Entrepreneurship Working Group will open the doors to entrepreneurship as a field of knowledge and competence for students and colleagues and show what the entrepreneurship profession can do as practice and as pedagogy. The project is initiated by CAKI / Pernille Skov with the participants in the Entrepreneurship Working Group on the Artistic Education as partners and in collaboration with teachers in the KUV network.

The Art Educations incubation Environment

An innovation environment for the external relations in the artistic enterprise

In the effort to develop the artistic education and to contribute to the development of an internationally leading growth environment for the creative industries in Denmark, the process of building an incubation environment for the artistic education is initiated. Both education, society and public and private companies need this movement to be tested and qualified. The effort thus supports the educators’ efforts to continue to practice flexibility and openness to movements in the surrounding community.

The entire artistic field is meeting these years from politicians and citizens with the increased expectation that they are relevant to the citizens and the society that supports the activities of institutions and artists. At the same time, the speed with which society, the world and technologies are evolving challenges the conditions of artistic practice and the creative processes underlying it – not least in the form of technological breakthroughs and changing distribution formats.

The incubation environment becomes a place where artists are given the opportunity to test and experiment with production, processes and works that explore this development and its resonance in the artistic enterprise. It will be a place where the artistic researchers can gain a deeper understanding of the entrepreneurial opportunities in their work by researching and developing how artistic knowledge can benefit society. Together with professionals and in interdisciplinary partnerships, it will be possible, within the framework of the incubation environment, to explore how a cultural and aesthetic commercialization of artistic knowledge and development can lead to processes and products that can create value in and for society. Therefore, the incubation environment is also expected to be able to develop the potentials to put the artistic research and development into use in society with the construction of the artistic enterprise as a framework for the movement.

The incubation environment is also a place where students and researchers across artistic disciplines are given the opportunity to build experience with cross-artistic collaborations, using the artistic competencies in interdisciplinary projects and partnerships, and not least a place where the artist is allowed to experiment with to use artistic competences, processes and works as supplies to other fields of knowledge, to public and private companies and institutions and to citizens of the community. In other words, the incubation environment must help facilitate development and experimentation with and in the artistic enterprise’s relations to the outside world.

The incubation environment will also focus on the part of entrepreneurship that supports the student’s transition to the professional work through building the artistic enterprise. Therefore, the incubation environment will also focus on the cultural value creation and the artistic innovations and development potentials in a wider societal context. In addition, the environment also offers services such as teaching the part of entrepreneurship that is about building companies, product development, sales and creating profits and development in an economically sustainable artistic enterprise. It is expected that efforts in the foreseeable future will benefit the commercial ecosystem in the cultural sector.


The competence development program is grouped into a number of themes. Read more about them here:

Tema 1: Artistic enterprise 

Tema 2: Quality and relevance

Tema 3: Artistic citizenship

Tema 4: Entrepreneurship as an artistic development practice


Explore the ENTREWIKI resources here

ENTRE DEBAT podcasts

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In the fall of 2019, CAKI identified the needs and wishes of the schools as part of the knowledge base for the development of a program for competency development in entrepreneurship.

Get the report (in Danish) here


Entrepreneurship activities in the art schools in the period 2011 – 2016 (in Danish) her

Entrepreneurship in the curricula of the art schools 2019/2020 – download (in Danish) her


Follow the development of the skills development program in entrepreneurship here

  • The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg: Keld Hosbon
  • The Royal Danish Academy of Music: Jonas Bille
  • The National Film School of Denmark: Kristine Ploug
  • The Danish National School of Performing Arts: Rikke Lund Heinsen
  • Rhythmic Music Conservatory: Christian Taagehøj
  • The Danish National Academy of Music: Cecilia Krill
  • The Academy of Fine Arts: Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld
  • CAKI: Pernille Skov

For more information, contact pernille@caki.dk

CAKI strategy 2019 – 2022

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