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This weekend, I spent time with some remarkable artists, speaking with twenty-six—representing an array of mediums, but primarily painters. Most of the artists make the bulk of their money (art sales) by attending, and selling through, juried art festivals around the country. In addition to absorbing some of the illuminating and inspiring art on display, I took the opportunity to ask artists questions about how they are selling their art, what business models they have explored, if they are selling mostly online or in person and who their primary audience is. This is a handful of the discoveries I made:
With some exception, most of these artists are selling their Continue reading
The following is a message from the student Entrepreneurship Club Executive Board:
This is a list of seventy + currently-identified Meadows and/or Arts Entrepreneurship students who are offering services in the market. There are more, which I plan to add to this list over time. This list includes independent contractors and sole proprietors, LLC’s and nonprofits. Please take a moment to click-through a sampling of their websites and see how dynamic and entrepreneurial our creatives and artists are at Meadows School of the Arts.
In the Arts Entrepreneurship minor, students take a number of important required classes, one of which is AMAE 4390 or “Developing an Arts Venture Plan.” In this capstone class, students learn to ideate (come up with original entrepreneurial concepts), strategize (have a plan of action) and take action. Business plans, as students learn in this class, are antiquated documents the moment they are created. The paper document is not what is so important. Rather, the Continue reading
Artists must concern themselves with value, just as any other type of entrepreneur.
However, for the artist, they are not judging their creation by how much money they make alone (usually), but the impact their work has in their own lives (as an expression) and the lives of others (how it makes others think, feel, act). Artists must concern themselves with intrinsic value.
Intrinsic value is Continue reading
Ryan is the founder of a new app that supports promotion and an easy way to find creative partners or building teams for projects. Ryan has been working on the PartnerUp App for over a year now and is finally to the point of releasing his app to the market.
Me: Did you have a business plan when you started your business?
Ryan: Yes, it was a very rough draft of what a proper business plan would look like at first, but it provided Continue reading