Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Arts
919-515-1637 (Broughton Line)
Gary D. Beckman is Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Arts at North Carolina State University where he developed and administers the nation's first campus-wide Arts Entrepreneurship Minor.
Before arriving at NC State, he developed the country's first Music Entrepreneurship Minor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Music. He also edited the field's first essay collection, Disciplining the Arts: Teaching Entrepreneurship in Context and co-founded the world’s first academic journal on arts entrepreneurship education, Artivate, where he serves as founding co-editor.
Gary earned a Ph.D. in Musicology from The University of Texas at Austin, a M.A. in Musicology from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in Music from the University of Southern Maine. At UT Austin, he was principle investigator the first nation-wide study of arts entrepreneurship efforts in higher education, funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. This work remains the only national study of Arts Entrepreneurship programs.
He is active in many professional organizations and currently chairs committees on arts and music entrepreneurship education for the College Music Society and the United Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Gary's developing projects are centered around the Entrepreneurial Ecologies of the Arts.
Gary's articles on the topic of arts entrepreneurship, leadership education in the arts and Intellectual Entrepreneurship have appeared in Planning for Higher Education, Symposium, Metropolitan Universities Journal, Arts Education Policy Review and The Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society.
In addition to the topics above, has also delivered papers on the philosophical / disciplinary structuring of arts, campus-wide entrepreneurship programs and those discussing disciplinary development. He is also the founder and editor of the Arts Entrepreneurship Educator's Network.