Annual Awards

The Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of creative and arts entrepreneurship in ways of innovative research, pedagogy, and advocacy.


Established in 2018, these awards are presented in recognition of outstanding conference paper and case submissions and workshops presentations during the Society’s annual conference.

Gary D. Beckman Research Impact Award
The SAEE Gary D. Beckman Research Impact Award recognizes researchers who have completed or nearly completed research studies focusing on arts entrepreneurship and can demonstrate how their findings impact the field of arts entrepreneurship.
More information about the Research Impact Award (PDF)

Best Workshop Award
The SAEE Best Workshop Award recognizes arts entrepreneurship educators who develop dynamic workshops to share modules, exercises, lessons, and pedagogical ideas that can be utilized by other arts entrepreneurship educators.
More information about the Best Workshop Award (PDF)


The Sharon T. Alpi Award for Innovative Arts Entrepreneurship Pedagogy was established in 2016. Through a donation of an anonymous donor, it is to be awarded for three years, with $500 to be given to an educator (or group of educators) to support the continuation of their pedagogy.

Nomination Deadline: November 15, 2019
Nomination information for the Sharon T. Alpi Award (PDF)

Past Recipients:

Dr. Mark Rabideau - 2018 Recipient
Rabideau’s pedagogical innovation, the online textbook, The 21CM Introduction to Music Entrepreneurship (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) prepares the next generation of arts leaders to build a more promising future, driven by the belief that education is a lifelong process of learning how to make the world a better place. Read more.

Jim Hart - 2017 Recipient
Hart’s pedagogical innovation involves the use of carefully designed games to develop a deeper understanding of entrepreneurial thinking, skills and problem-solving. His blog Arts Entrepreneurship Games ( offers games, simulations, demonstrations and exercises for the arts entrepreneurship classroom, which can be used by teachers as a supplement to lectures. These games have been compiled into a book Classroom Exercises for Entrepreneurship: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach, which includes 65 original exercises to teach entrepreneurship. Read more.