The Arts Entrepreneurship & Business Development Course (AEBDC), presented by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and Creative Saskatchewan, is accepting applications from artists and creative entrepreneurs in the Lloydminster, Saskatoon and Regina areas.
The closing dates for applications are: Lloydminster—October 7, 2016; Saskatoon—December 9, 2016; and Regina—January 27, 2017. The course fee is $200 and application forms are available at saskartsboard.ca/aebdc
The AEBDC assists Saskatchewan artists and creative entrepreneurs to develop sustainable careers or business ventures in the province. This is the fifth year the program has been offered; to date, it has been delivered in Yorkton, Swift Current, Saskatoon and Regina. This year, the course is also hosted in Lloydminster by the Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation and partners and is available to creative entrepreneurs in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Some past participants of the course have included visual artists, musicians, writers, graphic designers, filmmakers, artisans, actors, storytellers, costume designers and art instructors at the start-up or development stages of their careers or creative ventures. Craft artist Bonny Macnab from Mervin is a past participant in the course. “When I went into the course, I needed to learn to look at my art more as an entrepreneur,” she says. “The course helped me find ways to broaden my audience. Now, I’m a member of Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership, and I’m selling my hand-dyed silk scarves in 10 stores across Saskatchewan, and it’s growing from there.”
Each course takes place over three weekend sessions. The first workshop is designed to give participants an improved understanding of themselves as entrepreneurs. The second offers participants new insights into how to market their work, manage their profits wisely, and protect themselves and their creative products. The third provides participants with the opportunity to develop personalized roadmaps they can follow to launch or grow their ventures.
An online version of the course is currently being developed and will launch in 2017. “The course has expanded from being offered in Regina and Saskatoon, to other centres like Lloydminster, and soon to remote areas,” says Michael Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. “We’re excited for the opportunity to meet the needs of artists and creative entrepreneurs in every region of the province.”
Creative Saskatchewan is again extending financial support to make the AEBDC program possible. “Given our mandate to support creative producers who choose to launch commercially viable projects, we recognize the value of the AEBDC program,” says Greg Magirescu, CEO of Creative Saskatchewan. “Developing entrepreneurial skills alongside remarkable artistic talent is an important pre-requisite of commercial success.”
The Saskatchewan Arts Board recognizes, encourages and supports the arts to enrich community well-being, creativity, diversity and artistic prosperity. For more on Arts Board programs and services, visit saskartsboard.ca.
Creative Saskatchewan is a leader supporting collaboration, entrepreneurial capacity, innovation and convergence that maximizes leveraged resources, commercial success and market access for Saskatchewan’s creative industries and producers. For more on Creative Saskatchewan programs and services, visit creativesask.ca.