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Arts Commission Seeks Applications From Artists For A Business Training Workshop And Fellowship

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) is accepting applications for the On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator Program.

The On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator is a program for artists and creative entrepreneurs seeking training and resources around establishing or supporting an arts-based business in Indiana.

Designed by Elaine Grogan Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts, the program focuses on 10 key business concepts for a successful portfolio career including defining value, business structure, identifying and marketing to customers, pricing strategy, marketing strategy, managing expenses and generating revenue, taxes and planning, according to a news release from the IAC.

The On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator is comprised of a three-day in-person intensive entrepreneurship and community engagement workshop and up to $2,000 in fellowship funding to put training into action through a career-advancing community-engaged project. The 2022 On-Ramp workshop will be May 11-13 in Noblesville.

Based upon state and national survey results, On-Ramp alumni were more financially resilient compared to artists across the nation. On-Ramp program participants retained more of their savings during the pandemic and are managing and tracking expenses, identifying new allies and partners and adjusting their business plans more effectively, the release states.

“This is an ideal program for those Indiana artists and creative entrepreneurs who want to acquire business skills to fuel their creative practice in the State of Indiana,” said Paige Sharp, Indiana Arts Commission deputy director of programs.

The deadline to apply to participate is Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To download the guidelines, visit https://www.in.gov/arts/files/IAC_FY22-OR-Guidelines.pdf.