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Artist As Entrepreneur: Business Skills
For Artists

originally published: 09/28/2018

Artist As Entrepreneur: Business Skills For Artists

(HAMMONTON, NJ) -- Creative Capital and South Jersey Cultural Alliance in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts presents The Artist as Entrepreneur Series from October 2018 through April 2019. The series includes 8 sessions to provide the business skills, tools and networking opportunities to artist so they may build financially healthy and sustainable careers.  It is sponsored by the Thrive South Initiative of New Jersey Community Capital.

Over the course of seven months, through two half-day workshops covering financial management and six evening skill-based workshops, attendees will gain insight and knowledge from other successful artists who have built and maintained viable careers. Six sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings and 2 on Saturdays. All workshops held at Kramer Hall of Stockton University (30 Front St, 3rd Floor) in Hammonton, NJ.

During the Tuesday evening workshops, you’ll have the support of artist coaches Susan Schear and Chelsea Markowitz on-site, in addition to the evening’s instructors. The coaches will be available during the seven month period for private coaching and will be forming artists peer groups for ongoing support. 

This program is presented by teaching artists of Creative Capital who support artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. Since 2003, Creative Capital has worked with more than 18,000 artists who are enriching over 800 creative communities across the country.

This program series is inspired by and dedicated to Donald Ehman, recently retired Director of Artist Services at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, who over decades has helped so many artists in New Jersey further their careers.



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Who would benefit from this opportunity?

Through a workforce development grant, this program is offered to artists who want to increase their income by creating viable and sustainable careers. SJCA is committed to diversity in all its multiple forms, with artists of color especially encouraged to apply. Artists of all disciplines are eligible to participate in the program. Applicants should  generative artists, not interpretive for example: the composer as opposed to the violinist, the playwright as opposed to the actor. Artists can be from more than one discipline.

What you’ll take with you


  • A personalized plan of action based on your own identified goals for your art careers.

  • A road map for funding your work and revenue generation; including improving fundraising materials and working with partners building a base of individual contributors.

  • New perspectives on how to approach presenting and writing about your work for fundraising purposes.

  • An increased understanding of your personal and professional financial options.

  • A framework for deciding which opportunities to say yes or no to, and how to do so.

  • A new understanding of the value of your time, and how it relates to the pricing of your work.

About The Presenting Partners

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA)is a nonprofit organization serving artists and arts, history and cultural organizations in the eight southern counties of New Jersey.  SJCA supports a vital cultural community which, in turn, transforms the southern region’s individuals and communities by improving the quality of life.  SJCA provides leadership, networking opportunities, professional development, marketing, advocacy, technical assistance and other resources to over 100 cultural members. SJCA’s programs are sponsored and carried out in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

THRIVE South Jersey deploys flexible, affordable capital and technical assistance to generate quality jobs and improve economic opportunities across a four-county area in South Jersey, including Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, and Western Atlantic counties.  New Jersey Community Capital partnered with the Pascale Sykes Foundation in December 2014 to launch THRIVE, an economic initiative developed to address the challenges of poverty and unemployment in the targeted region as part of Pascale Syke’s South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative. 

New Jersey State Council on the Arts supports, encourages, and fosters public interest in the arts; enlarges public and private resources devoted to the arts, promotes freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitates the inclusion of art in every public building. For artists, the State Arts Council provides fellowship grants, public art commissions, senior art show, folk art apprenticeships, Teaching Artists Training, and technical support and guidance.

Creative Capital is a non-profit organization that supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through project funding, mentorship and advisory services, and workshops. Our pioneering venture philanthropy model inspires a deep connection and commitment to artists and helps those working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices.



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