Performing arts and portfolio careers

by Barrie Hopson on March 31, 2011 · 0 comments

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We have already posted on the topic of artists and dancers pursuing portfolio careers so it was with interest that I read an interview with leading British performance arts entrepreneur Mark Featherstone-Witty. Witty, 65, is the founding principal and CEO of the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in Britain. And he is on a mission to provide sustainable employment to young performing arts students in a field that is constantly changing. He was interviewed on a recent trip to India.

“How many artists spend their life performing on stage?  Artists now have portfolio careers, which is a mix of performance, technology and business development. Performing is terribly risky. It is very hard to plan a career in performance,” Witty told reporters in an interview in Delhi.

Witty, who set up LIPA 16 years ago with the help of ex-Beatles Paul McCartney, is in India for the first time to scout for fresh talent for his school that boasts of students from 40 countries.

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