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Cultural business management:
a G20 network of training institutions

Training plays a key role in the success of the cultural heritage management sector as an engine of the socio-economic development of countries.

On the occasion of the first G20 Culture Ministerial, held in July 2021 in Rome, the Italian Ministry of culture and the Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali presented the proposal for a G20 network of institutions engaged in the field of training in the management of cultural heritage.

Cultural business management training

The proposal places investment in human capital and culture at the center of regeneration policies, in line with the strategic objectives of the G20 Culture and in full correspondence with the international agenda.

The Rome Declaration – a document signed by all the ministers of culture of the G20 countries at Palazzo Barberini on July, 30th 2021 – announces the ambitious project to “establish a G20 network of Cultural Business Management Training institutions, to strengthen the managerial capacities of cultural professionals, and to foster culture-driven economic and social development”, as stated in the Rome Declaration, art. 24.


An open, dynamic, widespread, and multidisciplinary network, which connects universities, higher education institutes, research bodies, international organizations in the field of cultural management in an institutionalized system of coordination and exchange, allows for the sharing of experiences and training courses: through information on models and methods and through the exchange of successful practice and experiences or the sharing of research paths or the facilitation of the mobility of professionals in the sector.


Survey. First identification of the training institutes of interest to the network through a questionnaire distributed to the focal points of each country: analysis and profiling.
Interviews. Through the direct dialogue with the institutions, we define the thematic areas of intervention and the joint initiatives that the network envisages to develop and verifies the institutions’ interest in participating in the Network.
Working tables. A working table for each of the thematic areas focuses on the actions to be undertaken and the interactions to be promoted.
Public presentation.The network is presented at the next G20 Culture in September 2022 in Indonesia.
In presence Workshop. “Dialogues on Management Skills”, a three-day workshop held in presence in Rome, within the International Week organized by the Fondazione in June 2023: partner institutions discuss next steps to formalize the network and identify the thematic area on which the network aims to work.
G20 India. The G20 Culture Ministers’ Meeting, met in Varanasi (India) in August 2023, acknowledge the network as one of tools put in place to invest in training and skills development in the cultural business management field.

The document is a descriptive report on the project ” Cultural Business Management: A G20 Culture Network of Training Institutions”.
The report outlines the context in which the project was conceived, its objectives, and describes the process of listening, discussion, and collaboration initiated in July 2021 that led to the creation of a network of 11 training institutions from G20 countries committed to co-designing pilot training programs in the field of cultural business management. Published in November 2023,

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