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Artscape’s Creative Entrepreneurship Program

In the Fall of 2014, Artscape Launchpad Presents: the Creative Entrepreneurship Program, a wrap-around program for creatives who are ready to take their commercial ideas seriously. Embed yourself in the creative business community as you bring your business visions to life.

Over a six-month period, you will attend six in-depth, hands-on, knowledge and skill building workshops targeting different aspects of establishing and growing your creative business or project. At the same time you will be doing actual work to start or grow an actual business or project.

The goal at the end of this program is to start earning from your idea.
You will be accompanied on your journey by a diverse group of other creative entrepreneurs, creative and cultural industry professionals, as well as coaches and mentors, all interested in helping you make your business fly. This is not school – there are no tests or grades. No one will be holding your hand. This is a real world, creative entrepreneurship learning community working together to support our mutual success.

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Creative Business Design Workshop

Artscape Launchpad presents: The Creative Business Design Workshop, April 26, 10 am – 4 pm at Artscape Youngplace.

  • Got an idea for a business fuelled by your creative practice?
  • Interested in commercializing a creative project?
  • Want to stabilize or grow an existing creative business?

This workshop will help you figure out the next step in getting your creative business ideas off the ground. No sterile business lectures, no suits, no 50-page business plans — just a bunch of creative people ready to take creative entrepreneurship seriously.

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Business Skills for Growth–a New Workshop Series

Without a doubt, learning how to financially thrive, let alone survive, ranks highly on every creative person’s priority list. As perplexing as this challenge can be, plenty of creatives are out there doing it, and doing it well.

Toronto is home to vibrant creative and cultural companies, organizations, and businesses, all fueled by creative talent and gusto. Simultaneously, the local, hand-made, indie-everything movement is flourishing only because creative minds, hearts and hands have made it so.

Enterprising creatives are making a big mark on this city – their collective actions coming together to generate increasing demand for creative products and services. As a result, opportunities for business savvy creatives abound.

That’s where the Business Skills for Growth Workshop Series comes in.

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Call for Proposals: Fall 2014 Business Skills for Growth Workshop Series

Artscape is inviting creative entrepreneurs, and those working in support of them, to come together and craft an ‘a la carte menu’ of workshops tailored specifically to the commercial aspirations of the creative community. If you have an idea for a suitable workshop, we’d love to hear from you.

The deadline for proposals for workshops taking place in Fall 2014 is May 30, 2014. Please complete the online Call for Proposals Submission Form.

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Creative Business Design Workshop
Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur of Garrison McArthur Photographers

Artscape Launchpad presents: The Creative Business Design Workshop, Saturday, July 5, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm at Artscape Youngplace.

  • Got an idea for a business fuelled by your creative practice?
  • Interested in commercializing a creative project?
  • Want to stabilize or grow an existing creative business?

This workshop will help you figure out the next step in getting your creative business ideas off the ground. No sterile business lectures, no suits, no 50-page business plans — just a bunch of creative people ready to take creative entrepreneurship seriously.

Who is this workshop for?
The Creative Business Design Workshop was built specifically for the creative community. If you are a designer, filmmaker, performing artist, content producer, craftsperson, writer, musician, artist, or someone interested in creating a business fuelled by these practices, this workshop is for you.

Do you have an idea for a small business or income-generating project?
This workshop will help you to:

  • Figure out how to earn money through creative endeavours
  • Judge the potential of your idea to become a sustainable business
  • Understand how to iterate your way to a full-fledged business by learning as you go
  • Connect with other creative entrepreneurs and build a supportive community that takes your goals seriously

Do you have an existing creative business or income generating project?
This workshop will help you to:

  • Reduce your mental clutter by learning how to identify and prioritize income-generating actions and goals
  • Gain perspective about your current position and future directions through input from your peers
  • Discover new directions, efficiencies, and strategies for growth
  • Connect with other creative entrepreneurs and build a supportive community that takes your goals seriously

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About the instructor: Allison Hillier has more than two decades’ experience in small business planning, development, marketing, managing and ownership across diverse fields such as arts, import-retail, gastronomy, and language and travel services. She currently works as a learning and development consultant and freelance instructional designer helping organizations build great training.

The Creative Business Design Workshop is part of Artscape Launchpad’s pilot programming. Artscape Launchpad will be a new creative and cultural sector entrepreneurship centre connecting the creative community with the tools, knowledge and space to establish and grow small businesses and commercial projects. Current workshops and programs are a part of the lead up to Artscape Launchpad’s anticipated opening date in 2017.

The Creative Business Design Workshop
Saturday, July 5, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Room 106
$100 for General Registration / $75 for Members of an Arts Service, Trade or Professional Organization, and Artscape Tenants, Owners & Members

Registration:  Register online using the form below by selecting “Register”. Participants will be registered to attend the workshop once the registration form and payment are successfully completed.  If you would like to pay by cash or cheque, you can do so in person at Artscape Youngplace. We recommend making an appointment to register and pay by contacting ginger@torontoartscape.on.ca 

Step by Step Instructions: How to Sign up for a Workshop (pdf)

Important Payment Note: Completing your payment over PayPal doesn’t mean you’re registered – there’s one more step! You must ‘right click’ and navigate back to the summary page – you will then see the money in your wallet – click ‘continue’ and you’re registered!   Email ginger@torontoartscape.on.ca if you are having difficulties.

Can’t make it? Sign up for more information about Artscape Launchpad workshops and programs.


 

Interested in more Artscape Launchpad offerings? Check out the full list of upcoming workshops here: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/artscape-launchpad-spring-workshops/ 

 

New Programs for Creative Entrepreneurs

We’re excited to announce the Artscape Launchpad Training Initiative, our new set of programs supporting creative entrepreneurship. If you’re considering starting a creative business, or taking your entrepreneurial project to the next level, you won’t want to miss this! These programs are all developed by the creative community, for the creative community. Whether you attend a workshop, a one-day training session or a longer program, you’ll definitely take away valuable business design skills and knowledge to apply to your professional practice.

First in our line-up of learning opportunities is the Creative Business Design Workshop. Happening on Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 4 pm at Artscape Youngplace, this is an opportunity for all artists and creatives who want to kick-start a creative business, commercialize a creative project, or grow an existing creative business. This is a fantastic opportunity and space is limited. Learn more and sign up today!

Stay tunedsign up to our mailing list regarding the Artscape Launchpad Training Initiative so you won’t miss any information in the future about these opportunities!

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Financing Your Creative Business with Rise Asset Development, Alterna Savings and ACCESS Community Capital Fund

This workshop is a part of the Artscape Launchpad Business Skills for Growth Workshop Series

Financing Your Creative Business
As an artist or craftsperson, creativity has been your driving force. If you want to take that creative passion and turn it into a business, you may need a small amount of financing to:

• Purchase inventory or supplies
• Purchase equipment required to your produce your art
• Prepare your works for galleries or other showings
• Pay for exhibition fees
• Create marketing materials

Obtaining financing from a traditional bank for an arts-based business can be very difficult. Poor credit, lack of assets or a steady source of revenue may mean that the bank would say “no”. However, there are alternatives. This workshop will present a variety of small business financing options to help you start and grow your creative business.

Who is this workshop for?
If you are a designer, filmmaker, performing artist, content producer, craftsperson, writer, musician, artist, or someone interested in accessing financing to create or grow a business fuelled by these practices, this workshop is for you.

This workshop will help you to:
• Meet three organizations with small business financing programs accessible to the arts community
• Learn about their lending and business support programs
• Understand what these lenders are looking for in a successful loan application
• Learn the importance of having a business plan
• Here success stories of their lending clients in arts based businesses

Rise Asset Development provides low interest business loans, training and mentorship to entrepreneurs with a history of mental health or addiction challenges who are unable to access traditional financing.
Alterna Savings is a credit union offering the financial services and products you’d expect from a financial institution, but here, you’re a member, not ‘just’ a customer. They offer a Community Micro-Loan Program that places an emphasis on character, commitment and ability
ACCESS Community Capital Fund helps individuals without collateral or credit history obtain an affordable loan to improve their standard of living through entrepreneurship.

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Registration:  Register online using the form below by selecting “Register”. Participants will be registered to attend the workshop once the registration form and payment are successfully completed.  If you would like to pay by cash or cheque, you can do so in person at Artscape Youngplace. We recommend making an appointment to register and pay by contacting ginger@torontoartscape.on.ca 

Step by Step Instructions: How to Sign up for a Workshop (pdf)

Important Payment Note: Completing your payment over PayPal doesn’t mean you’re registered – there’s one more step! You must ‘right click’ and navigate back to the summary page – you will then see the money in your wallet – click ‘continue’ and you’re registered!   Email ginger@torontoartscape.on.ca if you are having difficulties.

 

This workshop is being held in partnership with Artscape Launchpad as a part of the Business Skills for Growth Series. Artscape Launchpad will be a new creative and cultural sector entrepreneurship centre connecting the creative community with the tools, knowledge and space to establish and grow small businesses and commercial projects.
Sign up to receive updates on other Launchpad Workshops and Programs: http://eepurl.com/QlPOH 


Interested in more Artscape Launchpad offerings? Check out the full list of upcoming workshops here: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/artscape-launchpad-spring-workshops/ 

Latest Workshops for Creative Entrepreneurs

We’re excited to announce the newest slate of workshops in our Business Skills for Growth series. If you’re considering starting a creative business, or taking your entrepreneurial project to the next level, you won’t want to miss these offerings, developed by the creative community, for the creative community. Workshops currently on offer include:

  • Business Skills for Creators: Music Industry–Showcase Ready! | May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Business Skills for Growth: Five Financial Fundamentals | May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Imagining Shared Platforms for Indie Opera Groups with Jane Marsland | June 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Music Essentials for Hit Makers | May 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Financing Your Creative Business | June 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’re adding new workshops to the Events Calendar on a regular basis. Navigate over there and search for #launchpad to find all the events associated with Artscape’s Launchpad Training Initiative. Read more on the Artscape main website.

If you’re interested in HOSTING a workshop, see Artscape’s call for proposals at artscape.ca.

Business Skills for Creators: Music Industry – Showcase Ready!

This workshop is a part of the Artscape Launchpad Business Skills for Growth Workshop Series.

Business Skills for Creators: Music Industry – Showcase Ready!

Say the word ‘showcase’ to any artist or manager, and their ears perk up immediately. Worldwide, Festivals have become the new A&R and tour launch point for artists. Learn from the experts what the hot career busting festivals are, how to approach the bookers and how to maximize your experience.

*This event features a catered networking mixer, courtesy of Canadian Independent Music Association and Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (included with registration).

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To register: artscapeshowcase.eventbrite.ca

This workshop is being held in partnership with Artscape Launchpad, WorkInCulture, the Canadian Independent Music Association, Music Ontario and Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

This workshop is being held in partnership with Artscape Launchpad as a part of the Business Skills for Growth Series. Artscape Launchpad will be a new creative and cultural sector entrepreneurship centre connecting the creative community with the tools, knowledge and space to establish and grow small businesses and commercial projects.

Sign up to receive updates on other Launchpad Workshops and Programs: http://eepurl.com/QlPOH 

Interested in more Artscape Launchpad offerings? Check out the full list of upcoming workshops here: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/artscape-launchpad-spring-workshops/ 

Business Skills of Growth: Five Financial Fundamentals

This workshop is a part of the Artscape Launchpad Business Skills for Growth Workshop Series 

Business Skills of Growth: Five Financial Fundamentals

Is money something that is important to your arts business, practice and/or organization? Our financial planning workshop covers the fundamentals of financial management, from bookkeeping to taxes and everything in-between. It contains case studies, exercises and templates to help you handle your finances and is taught by financial management maven, Heather Young of Young Associates.

*This event features a catered networking mixer, courtesy of Canadian Independent Music Association and Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (included with registration)

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To register: artscapefinance.eventbrite.ca

This workshop is being held in partnership with Artscape Launchpad and WorkInCulture with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

This workshop is being held in partnership with Artscape Launchpad as a part of the Business Skills for Growth Series. Artscape Launchpad will be a new creative and cultural sector entrepreneurship centre connecting the creative community with the tools, knowledge and space to establish and grow small businesses and commercial projects.

Sign up to receive updates on other Launchpad Workshops and Programs: http://eepurl.com/QlPOH 


Interested in more Artscape Launchpad offerings? Check out the full list of upcoming workshops here: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/artscape-launchpad-spring-workshops/