Getting together online or locally with other artists and other small business people can often be the best way to learn new business skills. Use these resources as a portal to learning opportunities near you.
Note: The resources on these pages are listed by priority, with top-rated items appearing first. For more information on the listings and how to submit recommendations for listings, please see the note at the end of Artists' Career Resources.
Creative Capital's Professional Development Program (PDP) shares with a broad community of artists some successful tools and strategies for improved self-sufficiency. Workshops are presented around the country through arts organizations and agencies. Creative Capital also offers artist project support grants.
On-line art marketing courses and resources as well as, personalized support and workshops offered by Alyson B. Stanfield. Fee for services. Her artbizblog (www.artbizblog.com) is an excellent free resouce for arts business information.
Famous for their excellent weekend-long intensive art business workshops, Creative Capital has a series of one-topic webinars. You will need a computer with speakers, but no special software. The cost is $25 per 90 minute session. Check their calendar for times and topics.
SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business) is a nonprofit association dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with free, confidential face-to-face and email business counseling. SCORE connects you with mentors and provides business workshops at locations around the country.
Many states have a Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts organization that provides free legal advice to qualifying artists. In addition many of these organizations present workshops on legal issues facing artists. This online directory will help you locate an organizaton near you. In addition, this website from NY VLA lists many resources for legal information and information on programs in New York.
A non-profit educational organization established by the Rosen Group, ABI provides educational resources to the arts community in the U.S. and Canada through annual retreats and business skills workshops held in conjunction with local arts organizations and with the Rosen Group's Buyers Market of American Craft. ArtBiz TV on the website contains marketing advice from Wendy Rosen, President of the Rosen Group and interviews with artists on business and marketing-related issues. Blog entries on the site cover a wide range of marketing topics.
The Arts & Business Council (ABC) of Greater Nashville has a listing of legal and business resources for artists and is the parent organization for Nashville's Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts. ABC has an excellent series of business and legal seminars for artists that is especially strong on intellectual property issues.
Springboard for the Arts provids a variety of resources to artists in the Upper Midwest region. Services include art business workshops, loans, emergency assistance, and a comprehensive state-by-state listing of resources for artists living in the Upper Midwest
GYST is a software application for PC and MAC for tracking artworks and other career-related items such as artist statements, contacts, etc. Cost is approx. $130.
FIELD at the Aspen Institute has compiled this listing of microenterprise programs around the country that help small business owners and low-income entrepreneurs gain access to the training and financial resources they need to succeed. On the tab above the data, select the US map icon and then select your state to see programs in your area.
State arts agencies are important resources for grants, exhibition opportunities, and professional practices workshops. This site will help you locate your state agency and key personnel.
CCI helps self-employed artists, small arts businesses and the nonprofit arts sector in California start, manage and grow their own businesses. They also teach entrepreneurial training workshops in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and the Bay Area.
Craft Marketing guru Bruce Baker teaches workshops across the country. If you cannot make a workshop, he has CD's about getting into and selling at craft shows for sale..
UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service presents workshops for artists in its region, and also offers credit and noncredit online courses in arts management
The Chicago Artists' Coalition offers career development workshops and exhibition opportunities for artists in Chicago.