This week we have Alison Freidman who runs Pinpong Productions, a non profit in the performing art sectors. She was featured in the New York times and many other places such as:
International Arts Manager: “Is Capitalism Harming the Arts in China?”
sino-us.com: Alison Friedman and Ping Pong Productions: Linking China and the World Through Arts
BON TV Feature: “Ping Pong Productions and Cultural Diplomacy in China”
Sinica Podcast: "Alison Friedman on China and the Arts”
China Daily: “Chinese and Overseas Arts Serve and Return”
Asia Pacific Arts: “US Artistic Ambassador to China: Ping Pong Productions' Alison Friedman”
The interesting part for us was the whole business part of running a production company.
So, first Alison, tell us a bit of what you do and about PingPong productions.
I saw that PPP is a non profit? Why did you choose to build your production company as a non profit vs. for profit production company?
You hear about non profit in China but it’s not wide spread concept like in the west and it sometimes seems that non profits in China has harder times managing their organization. Do you really think this is the case?
I’m going to ask more of a personal question here. Looking at your impressive keynote speaker list seems to me you turned it also to kind of your profession. I wonder if that’s true and perhaps you can outline a career path for somebody interested in that.
Can you tell us a bit of how you started Pingpong productions and why? What kind of gaps you identified in the market that you wanted to solve?
Can you tell us about the work with Chinese authorities. How is the regulation over cultural events is happening? Who are the government organizations you need to speak with?
How do you start a production company in China? what would be major milestones and perhaps noted difficulties on the way?
What’s the best way to get in touch with you?
The Actors' Gang / Tim Robbins: http://www.theactorsgang.com
TAO Dance Theater: https://www.facebook.com/TAO.Dance.Theater
Visit her website at www.pingpongarts.org
Shlomo at GMIC in Israel inspired him to write about China events in 2016