Message From the Director: 2017

What a year it’s been!

Our program continues to grow as one of the College of Charleston’s innovative, interdisciplinary programs. In 2015, we were named one of 5 fastest growing majors at the College. During the past academic year, 328 majors were involved in a myriad of teaching-learning activities including academic coursework, volunteer opportunities, and internship experiences.  In May, we graduated 69 of them – many who are gainfully employed in Charleston and around the country at Rawle Murdy Advertising Associates, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Blackbaud on Daniel Island, and Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. We placed 106 students as interns with 84 arts and cultural organizations and businesses. Eleven of our students completed summer internships in New York City, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Nashville, and Boston. Our program was even represented by summer interns in cultural institutions around the world in Kamuela, Hawaii; Paddington, Australia; and Paris, France!

Many thanks to Mark Bryan, the Artist-in-Residence for our Music Industry Concentration, for his work over the past several years that resulted in the program’s first study abroad program. Coordinated by Program Coordinator, Claire Long, seven students were enrolled in our Global Music Industry Study Abroad Program in Sweden in July. In Stockholm and at the University of Örebro, they studied songwriting, artist management, streaming, video marketing, festival management and completed releases guided by Bryan, Long, and Swedish musicians and music professionals.

We have also been busy with ongoing fundraising efforts for our first endowment – the Scott Shanklin-Peterson Internship Endowment. We welcomed many of you at the formal announcement of the Endowment in May that was coupled with our first annual gathering of Arts Management Alumni. Our 2nd annual alumni event is scheduled for May 6, 2018, and will be hosted by alumni from the Arts Management Class of 2010. Spread the word – we look forward to seeing many of our alumni during that weekend.

Thank you, each of you, for your support of the Arts Management Program over the years, and in the years to come. We’re making you proud!

-Dr. Chandler

Director and Associate Professor, Arts Management Program

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Alumni Updates: Alum Finds a New Arts Community in the D.C. Theatre World

Q&A Spotlight with Carolyn McCalley ‘17

The Arts Management Program has an interesting way of connecting past arts experiences with future professions. Take, for example, recent alumna Carolyn McCalley ‘17. Though she was involved in various productions during high school, McCalley never considered the theatre as a potential career outlet until she discovered the Arts Management Program.

“I came to CofC as a Spanish major,” McCalley says. “But I took an Arts Management class because I had never heard of anything like it.” The introductory class piqued her interest and led to a freshman year internship which allowed her to “gain more information about the field as a whole.”

From there, she immersed herself in the Charleston arts scene. These experiences eventually opened the door for a move to Washington, D.C., where she now works at Studio Theatre, one of the city’s premier homes for contemporary stage productions.

To learn more about Carolyn’s experiences at the College of Charleston and with Studio Theatre, check out our Q&A below:

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Faculty Bulletin: Arts Management Faculty Traverse the Arts World

College of Charleston faculty engage with the arts across the globe

Faculty engagement in the Arts Management field isn’t confined to CofC or the city of Charleston. Our faculty travel across the world to immerse themselves in the Arts Management industry by learning and sharing with their colleagues on a variety of topics that impact the state of the arts on a global level.

Check out some of the recent trips they’ve made and read the abstracts of their papers:

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Student Happenings: Student Artwork Enlivens the Arts Management Office

Arts Management students show off their artistic talents

“The Arts Management program is brimming with talented visual artists,” Long says. “We wanted a place to showcase some of their work.”


The first installation will remain on display throughout the fall, and Long plans to feature new artwork by Arts Management students each semester. Currents students interested in applying to have their own artwork featured in the Spring 2018 semester should contact Claire Long at

We encourage you to stop by the office to check out the incredible artwork, and to learn more about the artists below:

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Program News: Arts Management Goes Global with First Study Abroad Trip

College of Charleston students create songs and life experiences in Sweden

In an effort to broaden the scope of the Arts Management Program and all that it offers, Artist-in-Residence Mark Bryan and Program Coordinator Claire Long led seven College of Charleston students on a study abroad trip to Stockholm and Örebro, Sweden in July 2017.

While there, students embarked on a three-week music industry course. The Program partnered with music production faculty and students of the Örebro Universitet Musikhogskolan and Iphigenia Publishing, the publisher of Black Belt Songwriting. The seven American students worked alongside eight Swedish students to form four working groups that followed the songwriting progression from song conception to audio recording to production mastering, all with the use of major label-quality equipment.

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