Kendall Kramer in the Field


Ryan Reed ryan-pic

Ryan Reed graduated from Southern Methodist University and is the co-founder of Visual Voice Media. Visual Voice Media is a video production company that both Ryan and Michael Gonzales started. They do just about Continue reading

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Caroline Betts with Michael Reese, Barbara Roberson, Steve Deitz


Michael Reese, Founder of Jack Mason Brandmichaelreese

About 4 years ago, Reese and his business partner Craig Carter started their own watch and leather goods company out of Deep Ellum, Texas. In just a few short years Continue reading

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3 Creative Entrepreneurs on the Validity of Plans



Justin Nygren justinnygren

Co-founder of ArtLoveMagic and The Grove

Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

For ArtLoveMagic, we did not. For The Grove, we did. A lot of it was based on the experience that my business partner Ken had in New Haven [developing a Grove there].   Knowing how they grew and what the response was there allowed us to Continue reading

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Creative Entrepreneurs: Eva Brandys, Al Poppino, Dodie Jacobi

Eva Brandys eva-brandys

Owner of Park Cities School of Music and Lakewood Conservatory

Eva Brandys is a Southern Methodist University graduate with a focus in Piano and Music Pedagogy. She also hired me to teach voice and piano to some of her students at her Park Cities location. Continue reading

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New Audiences, Memorization and Funding: Gerald Klickstein

Nov. 14, 2016, 12-4pm

Workshops by Gerald Klickstein, SMU, Meadows School, O’Donnell Hall gerald-klickstein1200x800


Grant Writing Strategies that Succeed

Organizations worldwide offer funding for artists to develop and present their work, yet many artists lack effective strategies to access such grant programs. This session provides artists and arts faculty with essential know-how to discover funders, design fundable projects, construct budgets, and author winning grant proposals. A concise grant-writing guide and sample budget will be provided.


Creating (Arts) Events that Attract New Audiences

As attendance dwindles at many established arts institutions, it’s crucial that aspiring arts professionals learn to attract new audiences. In this workshop, Gerald Klickstein presents a practical framework to inspire and design arts presentations that appeal to diverse people. We’ll uncover avenues to make our work relevant to contemporary audiences and to stand out from other artists in our genres. Participants view notable programs developed by emerging artists, draft programing ideas of their own and receive feedback on the spot. Continue reading

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Observations from the Cottonwood Art Festival:

This post is written in two sections: Observations and Thoughts.cottonwood art festival


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

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This Wed. Night: Join the SMU Undergrad. Entrepreneurship Club!

The following is a message from the student Entrepreneurship Club Executive Board:

Welcome Back Students!
The Entrepreneurship Club will be having our first Kick Off meeting on Wednesday the 14th at 5:00 pm in the third floor Dallas Hall auditorium! We are excited to welcome you all back; we will be serving FREE CHICK-Fil-A and distributing our event calendar for the rest of the month! We will be joined by some of SMU’s most prestigious Entrepreneurial Faculty and Staff (good chance to shake some hands!).
At this first meeting we will give students an opportunity to start networking with peers and professors. We will also briefly discuss some of the many valuable resources available to students on campus. We have several amazing events and speakers lined up for the year, we hope to see you there!
Entrepreneurship Club Executive Board
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