2017 Program in Session......STAY TUNED FOR 2018 INFORMATION!
is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and
creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all
arts disciplines and industries. Artists are entrepreneurs who contribute
greatly to the social and economic well-being of their communities and, as such,
require strategic training to grow in capacity. By incubating creatives working
across all disciplines in one program, we foster collaboration and the sharing
of ideas, tools, tips and best practices, resulting in a well-rounded
understanding of what it takes to “make it” as a creative entrepreneur.
Simcoe County is comprised of weekly seminars and workshops, assignments,
mentorships and a final presentation and expo over a four-month period. It
primarily serves Simcoe County based artists, arts groups and arts businesses
working in all creative disciplines such as, though not limited to, visual arts,
dance, theatre, film, music, jewelry, fashion, graphic design, gaming and
augmented reality. Sessions are hands-on and will range in format from lectures
to peer-to-peer workshops.
the program, faculty will guide fellows in the step-by-step development of a
business plan by providing them with templates, learning modules and actionable
assignments. By the end of the program, fellows will have a complete business
plan and the opportunity to present their work in front of industry leaders.
Upon successful completion, fellows will also be awarded a certificate endorsed
by all program partners.
is an independent artist, Director/President of an arts group/non-profit
organization or the Founder/Owner of a creative business
arts disciplines, design and those working at the intersection of art,
technology & innovation
practicing and/or in operation for two consecutive years or more
years of age or older
to commute and attend weekly sessions
Application Process & Submission Requirements
are required to submit all of the following:
of intent outlining your art practice/business, why you want to participate in
the program and what you hope to accomplish (maximum 1000 words)
(200 – 400 words)
material – can be one or a combination of the following
JPG images of recently completed work; 72 dpi, 1024 X 768 pixels, label image
files with a number, your name and title of piece (ex.
of event/product/service flyers or brochures (JPG or PDF format), label files
with a number, your name or the name of your organization and title (ex.
2 minute video (send link to online YouTube or Vimeo video)
application process is exclusively online. It is mandatory that you input all of
the above submission requirements in the online form with the exception of
support material in the form of JPGs or PDFs, which can be emailed to Donna
Goodwin email@example.com. The subject line of your support material
submission should read “Artrepreneur Simcoe County Support Material.”
applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. The committee is
comprised of representatives from partner organizations who are cultural
administrators, local artists, educators and business advisors. A maximum of 30
applicants will be accepted for the program based on meeting eligibility
criteria, full completion of application, ability to participate for the full
duration of the program, artistic merit and business viability.
applications will be required to pay a program fee of $115.
Notification of the Results
notifications will be issued by email or phone. Due to the
volume of submissions, only those accepted into the program will be
sessions will take place at various Georgian College Campus. The Artrepreneur Expo location will be determined at a later date.
Small Business Enterprise Centre consultants, Georgian College
faculty and advisors from the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and other
subject matter expert guest lecturers.
Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College
Small Business Enterprise Centres
Region Arts Council
Watch For the Call for Applications in 2018!...
hour seminar/workshop once per week, (6:00 – 9:00
conducted by industry experts
to creative industry mentors
the components of a business plan, marketing plan, financial management,
intellectual property, presentation skills and more
assignments culminating a complete business plan
templates and helpful exercises
presentation to creative industry leaders
direct all inquiries to: