Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship


Lucas Spivey is a biz dev expert for the cultural sector, researching small to medium enterprises (SME) in the creative and cultural industries (CCI), namely artists, performers, designers, writers, architects, directors and other cultural producers. Lucas travels across the US gathering qualitative research through public conversations, podcast interviews, livestream workshops on social media, and other collaborations and experiential education. His research demonstrates that the cultural sector is limited by a lack of access to capital, intellectual property and legal acumen, and disproportionate low marketing budgets. Yet artists and cultural entrepreneurs have high mission enthusiasm, product authenticity, and creative incentives.

Lucas Spivey is currently pursuing a PhD and fellowships to research strategies for SMEs in CCI. He received his MBA in Finance at Endicott College and his BFA in Interdisciplinary Art and Art History at the University of Washington. He completed a Masters Certificate in Emerging Markets at Ipade Universidad Panamerican in Mexico City. Lucas has developed experiential education and academic programming for MIT, Harvard, Montserrat College of Art, University of Washington, Boston Center for the Arts, Ringling College, New Hampshire Art Institute, the Arts & Business Council, and other institutions. He is a Founding Partner in Services Invisible, connecting the creative sector with business services; the founder of the Mobile Incubator, a research program on regional cultural sectors; host of the Culture Hustlers podcast; and the Founding Director of 17 Cox, an experimental arts center.

Originally from Minneapolis, a long time resident of Seattle, and currently based in Boston, Lucas travels extensively around the US in a solar powered '57 Shasta camper towed by a '73 Canadian ambulance.


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