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Arts Entrepreneurship Program

Why Should Artists Care About Entrepreneurship?

Learning the business side of the arts will empower you to create an exciting and fulfilling career in the arts based on who you are, what interests you, and your natural talents and gifts. The Arts Entrepreneurship program is designed to help you create the future you want, by empowering you with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to help you make a living as an artist.

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Goal of Arts Entrepreneurship:

Use arts products and services to create, communicate and deliver a variety of forms of value – such as aesthetic, social, and/or cultural – and capture value in the form of achieving an organizational mission and/or making a profit.  Artists and designers can provide value to society through free-lance, non-profit, for profit, leadership, and/or social entrepreneurship ventures.

About the Program

The Arts Entrepreneurship program actively engages arts entrepreneurs and alumni as guest speakers who serve as tangible examples of success, role models, and mentors for students in the program. Each spring semester, students have the opportunity to enter the Arts Business Idea Competition, where they gain valuable experience pitching their arts business concept to a panel of judges who are successful arts entrepreneurs. The competition offers cash prizes for students to use as start-up funds for their venture, and facilitates the expansion of their network by bringing them into contact with potential mentors and investors.

Types of Arts Entrepreneurs:

Image of a trumpet player. Lifestyle Entrepreneur.

One who creates/produces art – composer, painter, performer, etc.
(Lifestyle Entrepreneur)

One who supports the production of art – by developing a product or service that aids creators/producers in their task
(Lifestyle or Growth Entrepreneur)

Image of a dancer. Lifestyle or Growth Entrepreneur
Image of an artist. Lifestyle or Growth Entrepreneur.

One who draws audiences to art and artists – by developing a product or service that connects audiences to art and artists
(Lifestyle or Growth Entrepreneur)