The Cultural Economics Online Seminar (CEOS) was initiated in 2021 as a means to provide a forum to bring members of the ACEI community together during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEOS aims to provide a forum for researchers worldwide to share their work in cultural economics and related areas.

The series features the latest research from emerging through to well established scholars. The series also showcases a wide variety of research within cultural economics broadly defined in terms of both topic and method. Seminars typically take place biweekly throughout most of the year.

Seminars are free and everyone who wishes to join, including non-members, are welcome.

Details of upcoming presentation

Seminar 9: Street performers and payments in the online world 

Presenters: Meg Elkins and Tim Fry

Discussants: Karol Jan Borowiecki and Paul Watt 


Street performers contribute to the fabric of a city’s creative dynamic. Several factors have changed the landscape for the exchange of money between a street performer and their audience. Additionally, the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has meant that street performers can no longer perform on the street. This talk is based upon two papers that use a unique data set from the online busking platform The Busking Project. We investigate what factors influence donations through the platform to individual performers. Additionally, we analyse whether sign up by performers to the platform and donation by individuals through the platform has changed since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. The recovery of cities and the cultural economy from COVID-19 will not be immediate. With less cash being carried on people’s person and audiences wanting to participate in exchange, the industry is ripe for disruption. As we move to a post COVID-19 world our results have implications for performers, for donors and for (local) governments as street performers return to the street. 

How to register interest to participate in CEOS

If you are interested to present as part of the series please contact the lead organisers of the series Andrej Srakar and Trilce Navarrete outling the details of your proposed presentation.

About CEOS

The Cultural Economics Online Seminars (CEOS) is an initiative, originally proposed by the editors of EconomistsTalkArt.

The CEOS Organizational Committee consists of:

Series Coordinators:

  • Andrej Srakar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Trilce Navarrete-Hernandez, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Bronwyn Coate, RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and Executive Secretary-Treasurer, ACEI

Members of the Series Advisory Committee:

  • Ana Flávia Machado, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Anna Mignosa, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and University of Catania, Italy
  • Andrea Baldin, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Douglas Noonan, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, United States of America
  • Erwin Dekker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jeanette Snowball, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Karol Jan Borowiecki, Southern Denmark University, Odense, Denmark
  • Kazuko Goto, Setsunan University, Osaka, Japan
  • Ruth Rentschler, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  • Trine Bille, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, President, ACEI

Former presentations

Recordings of CEOS presentations are available to view through the CEOS YouTube Chanel.

Past presentations include:

Seminar 1: International Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts (Presenters: David Throsby, Jen Snowball, and Enrico Bertaccnini).

Seminar 2: Attribution Stigma and Contagion: How did the art auction market react to Australian ‘Black art scandals’? (Presenter: Tim Fry).

Seminar 3: Artists’ Labour Market and Gender: Evidence from German visual artists (Presenters: Maria Marchenko and Hendrik Sonnabend).

Seminar 4: Ex-post econometric verification of the economic effects of the Venice carnival (Presenter: Andrej Srakar).

Seminar 5: On the road again: Live music in the digital age (Presenter: Christian Peukert, HEC Lausanne (Faculty of Business and Economics at University of Lausanne) (joint work with Jörg Claussen and Franziska Kaiser).

Seminar 6: Estimating losses in cultural assets and cultural activities following the Fundão Dam rupture in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil (Presenter: Nina Faria, for work authored by Ana Flávia Machado, Sibelle Cornélio Diniz, Júlia M. N. Dias, Jonas Henrique, Nina F. Faria and Vinicius Hosken).

Seminar 7: Music, networks and technology in urban outskirts: technological impacts on rap production at south of São Paulo (Presenter: Rodrigo Cavalcante Michel).

Seminar 8: Do museums foster innovation through engagement with the cultural and creative industries? (Presenters: Chiara Dalle Nogare and Monika Murzyn‐Kupisz)