The Creative Entrepreneurial Cohort (CEC) is for “VISUAL” professional artists looking to develop their artistic endeavors into sustainable businesses. The CEC will focus on increasing arts business acumen, defining marketing strategies, and fiscal stewardship.
Because most workshops will be in the evening hours or on weekends, Artists should be available between 6-9 pm on Wednesdays for online or on-site meetings from mid-August to early December. Artists should be available to exhibit during Austin Studio Tour weekends in November (Nov 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19).
Selected artists are expected to have time to put into this program. CVA anticipates each artist will commit to spending 8-10 hours per week on program activities between August and November. Some participants will need to spend more time in preparation for the Austin Studio Tour.
The CEC includes $500 per participant that can be spent on business expenses identified and incurred during the program.
*Cohort content includes:
Professional Paths and Defining Business Goals | Talking about your Art, Messaging, and Intent | Arts Branding and Sales| Maintaining Business Operations | Accounting and Bookkeeping | Intellectual Property | Business Management and the Artistic Practice | Connecting to Your Community
Eligible applicants must be:
- Residents of Austin or surrounding counties of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Llano, Travis, and Williamson who are able to attend in-person training sessions in Austin.
- Practicing artists currently working professionally and/or looking to make their artistic and creative endeavors into a sustainable business venture.