Business Workshops

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

External Link | Creative Capital

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.

ArtBizCoach.com: Artist Marketing and Self-Promotion

External Link | Alyson B Stanfield, Art Biz Coach

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.

Creative Capital Online Learning Workshops

External Link

| Creative Capital

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.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

External Link | SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)

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.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)

External Link | Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)

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.

Arts Business Institute

External Link | Arts Business Institute

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.

Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

External Link

| Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

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

External Link | Springboard for the Arts

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

Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST): Software and Services for Artists of All Kinds

External Link | GYST (Getting Your Sh*t Together)

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.

Microenterprise Programs Directory

External Link | FIELD at The Aspen Institute

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 Agency Directory - NASAA

External Link | National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)

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.

Center for Cultural Innovation (California)

External Link | Center for Cultural Innovation

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.

Bruce Baker’s Business Development Workshops and Resources for Artists

External Link | Bruce Baker

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..

University of Massachusetts: Arts Extension Service's Artist Business Workshops and Courses

External Link | University of Massachusetts: Arts Extension

UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service presents workshops for artists in its region, and also offers credit and noncredit online courses in arts management

Chicago Artists’ Coalition Publications For Artists

External Link | Chicago Artists' Coalition

The Chicago Artists' Coalition offers career development workshops and exhibition opportunities for artists in Chicago.