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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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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