CGU’s Center for Business & Management of the Arts places you at the heart of Los Angeles, the cultural capital of the world.

Our master’s degrees and myriad extracurricular opportunities will challenge you to understand and imagine anew the operations and intersections of the civic, commercial, nonprofit, and philanthropic worlds of international arts and culture.



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Now You’re Ready to Lead.

Arts institutions in the profit and nonprofit sectors are seeking capable managers with an understanding of the arts, culture, and business to head museums, theatre and dance companies, music and arts education organizations, cultural centers, and advocate for the future of the arts.

Our programs allow you to explore all options, encompassing for-profit and nonprofit organizational structures in all disciplines.

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Learn at the center of L.A. arts & culture

Find yourself in the center of the thriving arts and culture landscape of Los Angeles and get unparalleled access to its diverse leaders and institutions. Work with faculty from L.A.’s professional arts community in addition to CGU faculty from the Drucker School of Management and School of Arts & Humanities.

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –Peter F. Drucker

  • Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation

    Program Officer

  • Art Institute of Chicago

    Director of Collections

  • Bonhams

    Business Development and Client Services Manager

  • California Institute of the Arts

    Community Arts Partnership Program Manager

  • Center Theater Group

    Next Generation Initiatives Director

  • CuratorLove

    Founder and CEO

  • East West Players

    PR and Marketing Manager

  • Edison International

    Principal Manager, External Engagement

  • Everybody Dance Now!

    Executive Director

  • Greetings from South-Central

    Founding Executive Director

  • Gurr Johns

    Administrator for Appraisals and Operations

  • Ilèkùn Wa

    Founder and Director

  • Laguna Art Museum

    Deputy Director

  • Maddox Gallery

    Gallery Director

  • Minnesota Youth Symphonies

    Executive Director

  • Pacific Chorale

    CEO and President

  • San Diego Art Museum

    Associate Director of Development

  • Self-Help Graphics and Art

    Executive Director

  • The Arts Area

    Founder and CEO

  • The Colburn School

    Assistant Director, Center for Innovation and Community Impact

  • Wave Financial

    Vice President of Treasury & Wealth Management

Travel Opportunities

All CBMArts students participate in field study travel, which introduces students to emerging and established art markets, and provides behind the scenes access to artists, art businesses and organizations, and leaders in the field. The trips are designed to accelerate the formation of international networks and ensure familiarity with the complexity of the international arts landscape.

Past global destinations include:

  • Beijing, China
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Hong Kong
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Shanghai, China
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tokyo, Japan

Past domenstic destinations include:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Marfa, Texas
  • San Francisco, California

The Center’s faculty are renowned experts in arts and culture management–both as academics and practitioners. Many courses are led by the arts professionals, creatives, and artists who are driving change in Los Angeles and beyond. Additional faculty are drawn from CGU’s Drucker School of Management, School of Arts & Humanities, and Museum Leadership Institute.

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Laura Zucker

Director, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department

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Carmine Iannaccone

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Melody Kanschat

Professor of Practice in Arts Management

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Rachel Lachowicz

Professor of Studio Art

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Jonathan T.D. Neil

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Associate Professor of Art Business and Arts Management

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David Pagel

Professor of Art Theory and History
Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art

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Jay Prag

Clinical Full Professor, Academic Director


Adjunct Faculty

Leticia Buckley

Senior Civic Strategist, The Music Center


Letitia Fernandez-Ivins

Senior Manager of Transportation Planning (Arts & Design) with Los Angeles Metro


Rachel Fine

Executive Director and CEO, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Kim Glann

Cross-Sector Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture


Lela Hersh

President, Museum and Fine Arts Consulting, LLC
Senior Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Kibum Kim

Partner, Commonwealth and Council


Shana Mathur

Chief Strategy and External Relations Officer, Natural History Museum of LA County (NHMLAC)


Bronwyn Mauldin

Director of Research and Evaluation at the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture


John McGuirk

Senior Fellow at Community Foundation Sonoma County


Rebecca Norris

Museum Professional/Fine Art Collections


Alma Ruiz

Adjunct Professor


Robin Sukhadia

Strategist | Organizational Leadership | Major Gifts Fundraising


Kejia Wu

Columnist for Financial Times, Chinese Edition