Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt

Prof. Dr. jur. Oliver Scheytt, born in 1958, studied Music and Law. From 1993 to 2009, he worked as a city councillor in Essen and was responsible for the departments city parks and planting ("Grün und Gruga"), Education and Youth Affairs for many years. From 2004 to 2006, he chaired Essen's successful bid to join the Ruhr Region as the "Cultural Capital of Europe 2010" and served as managing director of RUHR.2010 GmbH from 2006 to 2012. Today he is the executive director of his own company, Kulturexperten Dr. Scheytt GmbH, which he founded in 2011. He is president of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e. V. and works as an advisor for numerous art and cultural organizations, such as the review commission "Culture in Germany" of the German Bundestag (2003-2007), the cultural committees of the German UNESCO commission and the Association of German Cities, and the Association of German Music Schools. He has written a wide range of books on cultural policy and cultural management, and in 2007, was appointed professor of Cultural Policy and Intercultural Infrastructure at the Institute for Cultural Management and Media Management (KMM) at the Hamburg Academy of Music and Drama. His most recent publications include "Kommunales Kulturrecht" (2005) [Municipal Cultural Law], "Kulturstaat Deutschland. Plädoyer für eine aktivierende Kulturpolitik" (2008) [The Cultural Nation of Germany. An Appeal for an Activating Cultural Policy] and “Programme and Project Development in Arts Management. Organising the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010” (2012, e-book, in English and German).