The Business of Art - Entrepreneurial Training for Artists

CCI’s signature program, the Business of Art, is designed to enhance the business skills of artists and creative entrepreneurs. 

As a Business of Art student, you will learn key skills that will provide you with the knowledge and resources to help advance your art career, develop your ideas, and increase your financial independence. Business of Art workshop sessions are taught by arts and business leaders with both commercial and nonprofit experience. Over eight workshops, you will learn key concepts involved in goal-setting, marketing and self-promotion, money management, legal issues, strategic planning and project financing. In the final session, all students will have the opportunity to receive feedback and insights in small group Cluster Counseling sessions with leading arts and business professionals. To supplement the program, you will also receive a copy of The Business of Art: An Artist’s Guide to Profitable Self-Employment, a CCI publication now in its second edition.


Workshops begin Saturday, March 7, 2014, and continue with 7 Wednesday evening sessions as follows:

Session 1, March 7, 10 am-1pm: 
The Business of Art: Presenting Yourself as an Artist - Nancy Walch

Session 2, March 11, 6:30-9:30 pm: 
Where Do I Begin? Setting Your Personal Goals - Nancy Walch

Session 3, March 18, 6:30-9:30 pm: 
Marketing & Promoting Yourself, Your Art, or Your Arts Business - Nancy Hytone Leb

Session 4, March 25, 6:30-9:30 pm: 
Legal Issues for Artists - Greg Victoroff

Session 5, April 1, 6:30-9:30 pm: 
Financial Literacy & Money Consciousness for Artists - Mari Riddle

Session 6, April 8, 6:30-9:30 pm: 
Financing Your Arts Project or Business - Corbett Barklie

Session 7, April 15, 6:30-9:30 pm: 
Where Do I Go From Here? Strategic Planning - Judith Teitelman

Session 8, April 22, 6:00-9:30 pm: 
Cluster Counseling and Final Wrap-Up - Trainers TBA


Dates & Times: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10am - 1 pm

                         Wednesdays, March 11 - April 22, 2015, 6:30-9:30 pm

Location: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), Downtown Los Angeles

                 244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cost: Early Registration (Ends February 22, 2015): $200

         Registration after February 22: $225

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What former attendees are saying:

"Business of Art has been one of the most crucial experiences I've encountered in my career as an emerging artist. I feel inspired, with renewed vigor, a deeper well of confidence, and an excitement to keep mining my depths!"

"It was so valuable to discuss my personal experiences in my art business and discover commonalities between myself and other artists in the workshop!"

"Business of Art is one of the most vital resources for artists in Los Angeles. I'm so grateful for the experience!"

“I found the course to be excellent. The CCI staff was excellent as were the instructors. I leave with many tools, knowledge and a network of supportive artists. I feel empowered to succeed!”