The Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference

9:00 AM, Saturday, February 9, 2013
Elliott University Center, UNCG
Fiction reading

SEA’s mission is to provide practical resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist.

The focus of SEA is on the business of art. SEA was created with the idea that more artists will succeed if they have business skills, knowledge, resources, and contacts. Through the artist-led conferences, SEA helps artists turn their passion into a living. SEA is for emerging and mid-career artists, and creative professionals, as well as college and serious high school students.

Many visual, performing, and literary artists struggle to make a career out of doing what they love. Often, the missing ingredient is an understanding of simple business practices that can help the artist better promote, manage and finance his or her efforts. Students in particular, both college and high school, need to be made aware of opportunities to create sustainable careers as arts entrepreneurs. The arts are also a key ingredient of creating vibrant communities where people want to live and establish businesses and community leaders recognize the importance of this critical piece in economic development.