Meadows Students’ Endeavors

This is a list of currently identified Meadows and/or Arts Entrepreneurship students and recent alumni 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/sole proprietors, LLC’s, nonprofits and other legal structures. 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

Rodman Steele Studio

Dallas Asian Strings

Cezanne Quartet

Bridge the Gap Chamber Players

Jacob Estrada

Blue Apollo, LLC 

Carson Wright 

Eliana Yi 

Cargo Collective 

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The Happy Alright

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Meadows’ Creative Entrepreneurship Students Spend Time in Prison

Meadows School of the Arts‘ “Creative Entrepreneurship” class students recently visited an area prison, together with entrepreneurship students from Cox School of Business. The trip served to enable students to experience how prisoners can benefit from entrepreneurship education.

Listen to how these Meadows students described their visit and the impact it had on them.

There are many types of entrepreneurship education being offered in higher education today. Prison entrepreneurship, like arts entrepreneurship, is a form of social entrepreneurship.

Learn more about SMU Meadows’ Arts Entrepreneurship program. The Meadows Arts Entrepreneurship program is part of the division of Arts Management and arts Entrepreneurship.

Note: The training the prisoners receive is part of a Continue reading

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2 Designers and an Antique Dealer Speak about Entrepreneurship and Planning

This post is part of an interview series conducted by Arts Entrepreneurship students at SMU. With this project, we are seeking to understand if, in creative entrepreneurship, business plans are necessary. SMU student Gabby Garcy conducted these interviews and offered her analysis.

Donna Lynch

I conducted an interview with Donna Lynch from Danville, California. Donna has been in the design and furniture business for over 30 years. She started in real estate and switched into the furniture industry. Donna is the owner of Welcome Home, a home staging and furniture company. She has experience in the design industry in North Carolina, the furniture capital of the world, as well as San Francisco Bay Area, where she Continue reading

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Nelle S Johnson Explores the Nature of Creative Startups

This post is part of an interview series conducted by Arts Entrepreneurship students at SMU. With this project, we are seeking to understand if, in creative entrepreneurship, business plans are necessary. SMU student Nelle S Johnson conducted these interviews and offered her analysis.

Maurice Blanks

Design Entrepreneur

Co-founder of Blu Dot

Did you have a business plan when started Blu Dot? Do you think they are necessary?

“I believe we did have a written business plan put together when we started Blu Dot. We started really planning it out probably a year before Continue reading

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Alejandro Villaquiran Explores Plans and Planning

This post is part of an interview series conducted by Arts Entrepreneurship students at SMU. With this project, we are seeking to understand if, in creative entrepreneurship, business plans are necessary. SMU student Alejandro Villaquiran conducted these interviews and offered her analysis.

Ivan Gonzalez: (Zummo Latin Corp)

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

Ivan is a Panamanian Entrepreneur and a recent graduate from SMU. He has recently taken over the business operations of a series of ventures that he started in his senior year of high school and has developed throughout Continue reading

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Did You Have a Plan?

This post is part of an interview series conducted by Arts Entrepreneurship students at SMU. With this project, we are seeking to understand if, in creative entrepreneurship, business plans are necessary. SMU student Brie Bernstein conducted these interviews and offered her analysis.

Cameron Sanders – Professional Actor

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

A: Yes, I had a plan when I started. I went to my parents, told them what I wanted to do, and after talking to them, they agreed to let me do it.

Q: Do you think business plans are necessary for entrepreneurship?

A: Yes, I think it’s Continue reading

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Amy Kim Explores if Business Plans are Necessary

This post is part of an interview series conducted by Arts Entrepreneurship students at SMU. With this project, we are seeking to understand if, in creative entrepreneurship, business plans are necessary. SMU student Amy Kim conducted these interviews and offered her analysis.

Jae Lee -Founder/CEO of Living Sound Production

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

I had a business plan when I started my business. However, I firstly began by being a sound engineer for Churches and Christian bands, and to serve them better with more professionalism, I went to school for it and built experiences from the other Continue reading

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Bianca Beattie & the Creative Entrepreneurs

The following interviews, conducted by Bianca Beattie, seek to understand:

  • If these creative entrepreneurs sought capital in starting their organization
  • What ways they may have done so, if applicable
  • What advice they have for aspiring creative entrepreneurs. 

This interview process is part of SMU Meadows’ class Creative Entrepreneurship and Attracting Capital.

Alex Rossman: Founder & CEO of MetroStudio, an integrated marketing firm dedicated Alex Rosman to providing the highest standard and quality services for a diverse range of vertical businesses

Have you sought funding for your organization? Continue reading

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Jack Cornish and Three Entrepreneurs are Funding

Rob (Business: Higher Logic)Rob

Have you sought funding for your organization?

Not initially, but almost a decade in we brought on JMI Equity, a growth equity firm, to work with.

In what ways have you sought funding for your organization? If you have not, how were you able to grow without outside capital?

In 2011 I presented on my company at an investor conference put on by the Mid Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA). I was not looking for Continue reading

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3 SMU Professors Share Funding and Entrepreneurial Insights

John Bryant: Adjunct Assistant Professor at SMU,  Music Industry Practices; Drum BryantJohnSet Studies

Seth: As an entrepreneur, you are a drummer, correct?

John: I’m an entrepreneur, yes as a drummer, but on a lot of different levels. For years, I’ve been in the music business. Sometimes I work for other people as a drummer, but I also Continue reading

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Three Creative Leaders, Three Funding Strategies

Elizabeth Van Fleck: Development Officer of TITAS Dance/Unbound Elizabeth

Have you sought funding for your organization?

Yes, funding has been sought.

In what ways have you sought funding for your organization? If you have not, how were you able to grow without outside capital?

Through city cultural contracts, state contracts, foundation support, New England Foundation city arts, donor citation letters (twice a year), fundraising events (relationship-building and to provide a deeper experience for Continue reading

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