Search the Calendar for “Launchpad”

We’re proudly hosting ten workshops for artists and creative entrepreneurs this month in the Business Skills for Growth series, presented by Artscape. Head over to our Events calendar and search using the term Launchpad to quickly find all of these great opportunities:

Website in a Day

November 8 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm | Learn how to build a website using WordPress – the popular blog and website publishing software.

Anxiety and Entrepreneurship: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 9 @ 10:30 am1:00 pm | If you are ready to overcome entrepreneur anxiety, significantly improve your mental health and achieve success with ease, this workshop is for you.

Self-Confidence for Artists

November 12 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm | As creatives need to become their own sales and marketing team, spokesperson, customer support and CEO, our confidence affects our ability to chase opportunities, compete, get noticed, and heard, stick through difficult times, and sign the deal – all on our own terms.

Government Relations for the Creative Community

November 17 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm | This workshop will help you develop a strategic outline and an actionable government relations campaign.

Approaching Business, Class #3: Documenting the Process

November 17 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm | This class is focused on practicing the art of questioning and facilitation, and on designing frameworks for synthesizing and organization.

Creating and Selling Workshops

November 23 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm | In this workshop, you’ll spend the day exploring how to move from idea, through development, to delivery of a workshop that fits into your overall business strategy.

Approaching Business, Class #4: Setting Your Goals

November 24 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm | This class is focused on developing clear expectations for teams and clients, and on creating effective strategies for collaboration.

Email Marketing with MailChimp

November 25 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm | Email still dominates online marketing for making sales and staying engaged with customers. But success takes more than a monthly newsletter blasted to a list of email addresses.
Business Skills for Growth is Back!

Artscape is proud to announce the Fall/Winter edition of Business Skills for Growth, its popular workshop series for independent artists and creative entrepreneurs, presented by experts across a range of business disciplines. The latest batch of Business Skills for Growth workshops include over 50 opportunities for people working on building their creative businesses, all taking place at Artscape Youngplace between October 2014 and March 2015. Take one or take them all!

The Fall/Winter series kicks off on October 20 with workshop “Co-operatives for Arts & Culture,” a two-hour primer in the co-op business model. Anyone wanting to know more about how to set up a co-op, or how co-ops work, will want to check this out. It’s being presented by Peter Cameron, a true expert in the subject, and Co-operative Development Manager with the Ontario Co-operative Association. Only $35, it’s a perfect way to figure out if the co-op model is right for your venture.

Also in October, we’ve got “Branding for Arts & Cultural Organizations,” presented by Shelley Black on the 26th. Don’t miss this workshop if your objective is to present your business in the best possible light. Shelley Black, an expert consultant, will give you all the tools you need to make your brand presence sing in a 5.5 hour in-depth workshop. Independent artists as well as arts organizations are welcome to this wide-ranging discussion.

Get the support you need to create, build and accelerate your business ideas. Stay tuned for more posts about the Business Skills for Growth offerings and visit to see more of what’s coming up.

Selling Your Portfolio, Managing Your Projects

We just added two more workshops to the Business Skills for Growth calendar! Both presented by Work In Culture, the first is for creatives who want to get their portfolios in front of the right people. The next is for project managers honing their “on time, on brief, on budget” mantra. Visit Events and search for “launchpad” to see everything in this series.

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!

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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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