Beethoven Inc: The Corporatisation of Australia's Symphony Orchestras

Stephen Boyle


For a number of decades many governments have withdrawn from direct involvement in the provision of many goods and services. Under the broad umbrella of privatisation, authorities have used a number of techniques to make government departments more business-like and responsive to consumer needs. While privatisation involves complete divestment of a government entity, corporatisation involves converting it to a more corporate model, albeit a nonprofit one, while still retaining ownership. Using the literature on corporatisation and the nonprofit firm, this paper develops a series of models designed to help explain the potential issues that may impact on government owned cultural organisations that undergo such a process. The paper uses the case of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's six symphony orchestras as an example to demonstrate the application of the framework.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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