Welcome to the website of the 11th annual conference of the Association for Arts Management!

The conference will take place from 17 to 20 January 2018 at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg. It is organized by the Institute for Arts and Media Management (KMM). On this page you will find all information about the registration, the conference program and the Call for Papers.

Call for Papers

The deadline for proposals has ended on June 18. For your information, you can still access the Call for Papers here.


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As part of the 11th anniversary of the Association for Cultural Management, an open doctoral colloquium will take place, which offers PhD and doctoral students the opportunity to present their work in the cultural management area in German or English and to get qualified feedback from the scientific community.

Please also remind your students and doctoral students of this call. Thank you!


The submission deadline for the proposals is 15 October 2017. All further information, including the call for papers, can be found on the homepage of the association http://www.fachverband-kulturmanagement.org/arbeitstitel-cultural-leadership-innovation/


The AG for the promotion of young talents is pleased to receive numerous submissions and is also available for questions: youngacademics@fachverband-kulturmanagement.org.

Conference program

Cultural Leadership & Innovation

Utopias, Strategies and Challenges of Arts Management

The term “cultural leadership” has gained increasing attention in the discourses of cultural management and cultural policy, as well as in the curricula of international study programmes and higher education programmes. In many of these contexts, “cultural leadership” is presented as a force for innovation and transformation of organizations and societies.

The 11th Annual Conference of the Association for Arts Management (Fachverband Kulturmanagement for Germany, Austria & Switzerland) takes this observation as a starting point for an interdisciplinary, international gathering of researchers and practitioners in the field of arts management. The conference focusses on two different aspects, reflecting two different readings of the concept of “cultural leadership”: Firstly, “cultural leadership” is often used as a (usually not clearly defined) term for management and leadership processes in cultural organizations in general. Secondly, the term can also refer more broadly to processes of cultural development and cultural exchange on a bigger social or even international scale, for example in the context of cultural diplomacy. Read the full conference description in our Call for Papers.


The program will be announced in autumn and will be available for download here.

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Dr. Andreas Reckwitz, Professor for Comparative Cultural Sociology, Europa-Universität Viadrina (Frankfurt / Oder)Amelie Deuflhard, Artistic Director Kampnagel (Hamburg), more tba.




Study Trips in Hamburg on Saturday, January 20, 2018

After the conference, on Saturday 20 January 2018, study trips will be offered to select cultural organizations in Hamburg, which will give an insight into the diverse cultural landscape of Hamburg and open up further possibilities for networking among the conference participants. More information will be posted in autumn 2017 at the conference website.



1. Arts Management Student Conference

19-21 January 2018, Hamburg, Germany

Following the annual conference, students from the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg,

Institute KMM, and the Leuphana University Lüneburg will be hosting the First European Student Conference on Arts Management in Hamburg, together with partners from across Europe. The conference opening will take place on Friday as a joint event with the annual conference of the Association for Arts Management. On Saturday, open discussion and panel formats will be offered. Participants of the Annual Conference will also be invited to participate in the student conference. For more information, see: http://www.ams-conference.com


Registration & Infos

Registrations will be possible from summer.


Getting there

The conference will take place at the Budge Palais of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Harvestehuder Weg 12, 20148 Hamburg. Details about the venue will follow in autumn together with the conference program.


Conference hotels

Accommodation costs are paid by the participants themselves.

In the following hotels, a contingent is available for the conference. Keyword: "Culture Conference 2018":


Hotel Heimhude // Heimhuder Straße 16, 20148 Hamburg // http://www.hotel-heimhude.de - Distance about 15 minutes by foot.

Single room 84 €, double room 133 € (102 € for single occupancy).

Rooms available until 30.11.2017


Schanzenstern Altona // Kleine Rainstr. 24 22765 Hamburg // www.schanzenstern.com - Distance about 25 minutes, bus 15 from Bhf Altona to Alsterchaussee.

Single room 50 €, twin room 75 €, double room 75 €, double room with bunk bed 65 €.

Rooms available until 01.12.2017


Motel One // Ludwig-Erhard-Straße 26, 20459 Hamburg // https://www.motel-one.com/de/hotels/hamburg/hotel-hamburg-am-michel/ - Distance about 25 minutes, U3 from St. Pauli to Schlump, then Bus 15 to Alsterchaussee.

Single room 79€, double room 94€.

No rooms reserved


A&O Hamburg Hauptbahnhof // Amsinckstr. 2-10, 20097 Hamburg // https://www.aohostels.com/de/hamburg/hamburg-hauptbahnhof/ - Distance about 25 minutes, U1 from Steinstraße to Hallerstraße, then by foot.

Single room 40€, double room 57€.

No rooms reserved


This list of hotels will be constantly updated until the announcement of the program.


The employer's certificate, which exempts you from the cultural tax, can be found here as PDF:

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