Founder/President of Patron Technology
Eugene Carr, founder and president of Patron Technology, has been an innovator in the management of arts organizations and a pioneer in marketing them on the Internet for the past two decades. His unique combination of nonprofit and corporate management experience provides him with a distinct insight into the needs of cultural organizations and their audiences—and how these translate into new online products and services.
Mr. Carr’s career spans both arts management and the corporate worlds from American Expres to American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He founded High Five: Tickets to the Arts, an award-winning organization that offers a $5 ticket program for NYC high school students sponsored by Citibank & TicketMaster. He earned undergraduate degrees in history and cello from Oberlin College and Conservatory and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
In the last five years Carr has given over 100 seminars in 25 states and the United Kingdom, including appearances at regular National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) workshops and conferences, the Marketing Sherpa E-Mail Marketing Summit, and the American Association of Museums (AAM) National Conference.
Mr. Carr is the author Breaking the Fifth Wall: Rethinking Arts Marketing for the 21st Century (2011); Wired for Culture: How E-mail is Revolutionizing Arts Marketing (Third Edition) (2007), Sign-Up for Culture: The Arts Marketer’s Guide to Building an Effective E-mail List (Second Edition) (2007), and Web Sites for Culture: Essential Principles for Great Arts Web Sites (2005). Mr. Carr was also published in the 2006 DM News Essential Guide to E-Mail Marketing.
Mr. Carr earned a BA in history from Oberlin College, and a music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, earning Phi Kappa Lambda honors, and then earned an MBA from Columbia Business School.