Effective for LSA students Fall 2013

Understanding organizational, promotional, and fundraising techniques can help advance all work in the arts. Whether teaching, creating, or working within a traditional performing arts institution (such as an orchestra, theatre, opera, or dance company),  management training amplifies the symbiosis of artistry, institution, and community and enriches the performing arts and culture as a whole.

The minor in Performing Arts Management (PAM) invites exceptional undergraduate  students to add an arts business and entrepreneurship background to their academic portfolio. Such a combination is intended to amplify the careers of students interested in advancing the performing arts in America. By gaining the business knowledge and skills of these arts, students throughout the University can add a significant dimension to their education. 


Advising. Students wishing to pursue a minor in Performing Arts Management must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with Professor Greg Poggi (gpoggi@umich.edu), the department advisor, 2424 Walgreen Drama Center. For further information, contact the department office at theatre.info@umich.edu.

Prerequisites to the Minor


Prerequisite to Declaration

Students interested in this minor must take two classes listed from the Required Topics curriculum to become eligible for this program. Once completed successfully, the student would interview with the Performing Arts Management Advisor and apply for admission to the minor.

Requirements for the Minor

At least 15 credits with a minimum of five courses, to be chosen from the following two categories as stated:

  1. Required Topics Courses: Complete at least 10 credits in the following courses:
    • THTREMUS 385(Performing Arts Management) — 2 credits
    • THTREMUS 426 (Fundraising and the Arts) — 2 credits
    • THTREMUS 435 (Producing in the American Theatre) — 3 credits
    • THTREMUS 438 (Legal Issues in the Arts) — 3 credits
    • PAT 472 (Business of Music) — 3 credits
    • JAZZ 480 (Career Development for Jazz Musicians) — 2 credits
    • ARTSADMN 491 (Special Projects,1-2 credits)
    • ARTSADMN 591 (Internship, 1-2 credits)
    • ORGSTUDY 495 (Non-Profit Organizations: Theory and Practice only) — 3 credits
  2. Electives: The remaining credits can be earned in courses chosen from the following courses:
    • ACC 271 (Principles of Accounting I)
    • ACC 272 (Principles of Accounting II)
    • COMM 101 (The Mass Media)
    • COMM 102 (Media Processes and Effects)
    • COMM 351 (Understanding Media Industries)
    • COMM 371 (Media, Culture, and Society)
    • COMM 454 (Media Economics)
    • COMM 462 (Designing Persuasive Communication)
    • COMM 463 (Computer Mediated Communication)
    • COMM 466 (Internet, Society and the Law)
    • ECON 101 (Introduction to Economics I)
    • ECON 102 (Introduction to Economics II)
    • MKT 300 (Marketing Management)
    • MKT 301 (Marketing Management II)
    • MKT 310 (Fundamentals of Sale Management)
    • ORGSTUDY 215 (Organization and Society)
    • ORGSTUDY 305 (Inside Organizations)
    • ORGSTUDY 310 (Formal Organizations and Environments)
    • ORGSTUDY 395 (Current Issues in Organizational Studies)
    • ORGSTUDY 495 (Special Topics other than Non-Profit Organizations)
    • PSYCH 260 (Introduction to Organizational Psychology)
    • RCHUMS 334 (section titled “Community Empowerment through the Arts”)
    • STATS 250 (Introduction to Statistical Data Analysis)
    • SW 300 (Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector)

Residency Requirement

Upon CDR approval, up to six credits earned outside of the University of Michigan or its sponsored programs may be used to satisfy requirements for the minor.


Production practica are not eligible courses for the minor.

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