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Our Mission

The Department of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU seeks to equip its creatively minded students with entrepreneurial skills so that they increase their chances of sustainable income and so that graduates serve as the principle driving force Continue reading

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TCG posts Arts Entrepreneurs on Audience

Jim Hart, Director of Arts Entrepreneurship  at SMU, Meadows School of the ArtsTheatre Communications Group, producer of American Theatre Magazine is, arguably, AmeChad leslierica’s most important theatre organization. In this conversation, Jim Hart, Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at Meadows School of the Arts, SMU and Chad Leslie, international theatre director and Resident Artistic Director of The House of Dancing Water, in Macau, China, speak about various matters related to audience development and making a living.


Check out the article HERE.

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Traded $5,645 From Some Marbles


Winner of the Marble Game 2In the Arts Entrepreneurship/Arts Management class Attracting Capital at SMU, this semester, students Tala Duwaji and Sam Lankford accomplished something remarkable. They played The Marble Game and began trading up in value from a marble. Three weeks, later, they had accumulated $5,400 cash.

Check out the audio link below, which is a radio interview with Jim Hart, Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU. He describes this remarkable win, the proceeds of which were donated to All Stars Project of Dallas.

Also, check out this SMU The Daily Campus article about their win. In total, students from this class raised $5,645 cash and a total of $6,000 in value (through assets and cash).

Jim Hart is the Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts.

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Should You Share Your Ideas?

Sharing ideasShould you worry about ideas being stolen? Some never share before necessary, such as when seeking funding. Others speak about their ideas with as many as possible. Ideas do get stolen. Ideas are cheap, but action is not. If you plan to implement your idea, then timing becomes important when openly speaking about it. Those who are first to market can sometimes establish themselves as market leaders. Continue reading

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Simpatico: Artists and Entrepreneurs

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? What does it mean to be an artist?

To be an entrepreneur means you take risk for an idea you are passionate about in the hopes of making a living.

What does it mean to be an artist? It is to express oneself, one’s passion, taking risk with the hope of making a living.

To be an entrepreneur, one must understand their value and who they serve.

To be an artist, one creates value for others.

Entrepreneurs serve customers.

Artists serve Continue reading

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USASBE Entrepreneurship Conference Win!

Julienne Shields of Millikin University, Jim Hart of SMU and Tony Mendes, 2014 President of USASBE. Not pictured: Megan Carpenter of Texas A&M.

SMU’s Director of Arts Entrepreneurship, Jim Hart, won USASBE Spark!, a contest for impactful entrepreneurial exercises. Hart received first place out of approximately fifty entries and received a cash prize of $750.

At the same conference, Hart, in collaboration with Julienne Shields of Millikin University and Megan Carpenter of Texas A&M, the special interest groups of Arts Entrepreneurship, Law and Public Policy, won the award for Best Workshop at the conference (Legal Issues for Arts Entrepreneurs).

USASBE stands for United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is the largest private conference of its type in the world.

Hart, serves as a co-chair of the Arts Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group (SIG).

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AMAE Student Allison Beck’s Article

Allison Beck, Meadows and AMAE student, had her article “On the Path toward Arts Management” published in the SMU campus paper on April 12. Allison had this to say about Meadows’ faculty and Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship classes: Continue reading

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Interview with Nancy Clearly, Entrepreneur

What do you do?

I am the founder and CEO of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. I also act as publisher and serve as graphic designer and publicist.

Why did you decide to start this kind of activity?

I started a publishing company to make residual income and to Continue reading

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