Creative professionals are redefining what it means to be a working artist. Artists are building networks, investing in neighborhoods, and creating excitement in Tallahassee. To further the growth of our local artists, COCA has developed the Tallahassee Arts Entrepreneurs Institute to help entrepreneurs in the creative economy grow and sustain their businesses.
"The Arts Mean Business" is not just a cute slogan, it is the truth! Arts and culture organizations as well as individual artists are active contributors to our local business community. They are employers, producers, and consumers. We hope to help the arts community thrive through this program.
The Tallahassee Arts Entrepreneurs Institute is a ten-month program that consists of four half-day in-person workshops, an online discussion board, and networking sessions. This program will engage a small cohort of working professionals that have been operating a creative business for several years. The sessions will create a support system to promote growth, sustain existing businesses, and offer a space for creatives to form connections with other working artists. Topics covered will include branding, marketing, bookkeeping, market research, raising capital, and legal issues in the creative industries. At the end of the program, participants will have learned how to grow and sustain their business, made stronger connections to local resources and business coaches, and they will receive a $300 stipend to be used toward membership in a state or national professional organization of their choice.
- Applicants must own or manage a creative for-profit business that has been active for three or more years
- Applicants must be a resident of the City of Tallahassee or Leon County
- Applicants must be at least 18 years old
If accepted, there will be a $75.00 participation fee for this program to cover supplies and other expenses.
*Additional sessions will be announced once the applicants have been accepted.
The Tallahassee Arts Entrepreneurs Institute will hold all sessions at the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship in downtown Tallahassee.
June 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM
*Applicants can expect to receive a notification no later than June 29, 2018.