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Artrepreneur Simcoe County

 

2017 Program in Session......STAY TUNED FOR 2018 INFORMATION!

 

About Artrepreneur

Artrepreneur 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.

The Program

Artrepreneur 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.

Throughout 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.

Eligibility   

  • Applicant is an independent artist, Director/President of an arts group/non-profit organization or the Founder/Owner of a creative business

  • All arts disciplines, design and those working at the intersection of art, technology & innovation

  • Actively practicing and/or in operation for two consecutive years or more

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Ability to commute and attend weekly sessions

Application Process & Submission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit all of the following:

  • Application form

  • Letter of intent outlining your art practice/business, why you want to participate in the program and what you hope to accomplish (maximum 1000 words)

  • CV or Resume

  • Bio (200 – 400 words)

  • Support material – can be one or a combination of the following

    • 5 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. 01_JohnSmith_BirchTrees)

    • Samples 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. 01_JaneDoe_DanceWorkshopFlyer)

    • Maximum 2 minute video (send link to online YouTube or Vimeo video)

  • Support material list

The 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 donna.goodwin@simcoe.ca. The subject line of your support material submission should read “Artrepreneur Simcoe County Support Material.”

 

Selection Process

All 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.

Accepted applications will be required to pay a program fee of $115.

 

Notification of the Results

Acceptance notifications will be issued by email or phone. Due to the volume of submissions, only those accepted into the program will be contacted.

 

Location

Weekly sessions will take place at various Georgian College Campus. The Artrepreneur Expo location will be determined at a later date.

Faculty   

Small Business Enterprise Centre consultants, Georgian College faculty and advisors from the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre and other subject matter expert guest lecturers.

Partners   

County of Simcoe

Georgian College

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College  

Small Business Enterprise Centres

York Region Arts Council

 

Important Dates

Watch For the Call for Applications in 2018!...

Program At-A-Glance

  • 13 weeks in-class

  • 3 hour seminar/workshop once per week,  (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

  • Sessions conducted by industry experts

  • Access to creative industry mentors

  • Learn the components of a business plan, marketing plan, financial management, intellectual property, presentation skills and more

  • Regular assignments culminating a complete business plan

  • Receive templates and helpful exercises

  • Final presentation to creative industry leaders

  • Certificate of completion
     

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Donna Goodwin

Cultural Development Co-ordinator, Tourism Simcoe County, County of Simcoe

Donna.Goodwin@simcoe.ca | 705-726-9300 Ext. 1620