Don’t miss your chance to meet the 2019 class of Periscope: Artist Entrepreneurs at the Periscope Pitch + Artist Showcase on September 4! Read more and buy your ticket today!
In order to keep program tuition fees accessible for all, the Arts & Business Council is seeking additional individual and corporate support for the Periscope Scholarship Fund. Learn More OR Provide a scholarship today.
PERISCOPE is a year-long intensive training opportunity hosted at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) that empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens.
Led by the EC’s COO/CPO, along with break-out sessions facilitated with Nashville’s top arts professionals, Periscope is designed to be a transformative experience for each artist, sparking the moment when their career will really start to take off.
- Training: 8 weeks of professional development training for working artists
- Exchange: Artists share best practices with interdisciplinary peers through small group work
- Mentorship: Each artist is paired one-on-one with a high-caliber mentor
- Exposure: Year-round opportunities to celebrate the work of alumni artists, plus red-letter visibility at the culminating celebration, the Periscope Pitch Event
Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training is a program of the Arts & Business Council delivered with our partners:
WHO: The experience is limited to 20 artists, artisans, makers and creative entrepreneurs of all artistic genres.
WHAT: An intensive curriculum that will explore tools to organize, plan, and sustain a creative career, with the goal of developing an individualized business plan to prepare each artist to take their creative endeavors to the next level.
WHEN: Eight consecutive weeks from March-May 2019. Check out the class dates below!
WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market WEEK 7: Making The Ask WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies WEEK 8: Getting Believers
March 14, 5-7pm (Industrious Nashville Downtown)
Get an introduction to goal setting before a fun networking mixer with current class members and Periscope alum.
March 28, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
Focus on building a compelling unique selling proposition (USP) by learning from audience evaluations.
April 11, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
The essentials of building a marketing plan and promoting your work.
April 25, 9am-1pm (Belmont University)
Use what you’ve learned to refine your business plan and next steps, and get comfortable pitching your creative endeavors to your audience.
March 21, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
Analyze your current career position and identify what you need to build the brightest future for your art.
April 4, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
Understanding your work, audience, and business structure to optimize the potential of your creative business.
April 18, 1pm-5pm (Belmont University)
Walk through the basics of what generates revenue for you, pricing strategies, and long-term business planning.
May 2, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
Discover the process of talking about your work in a way that will gain believers and make use of other people’s talents.
WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition
WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market
WEEK 7: Making The Ask
WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept
WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies
WEEK 8: Getting Believers
Periscope Pitch: September 4, 2019
COST: $200 (includes all materials). This workshop is valued at $1,000+ and has been generously subsidized by the Arts & Business Council’s funders and our program partners. In order to keep program tuition fees accessible for all, the Arts & Business Council is seeking additional individual and corporate support for the Periscope Scholarship Fund. Learn More OR Provide a scholarship today.
“Being part of the Periscope group has broadened my circle of friends and colleagues and given me courage to continue the work I do.” – Doris Wasserman, Visual Artist
I really enjoyed being part of the program two years ago, and I think my biggest take-away was a greater ability to focus on core practical goals and distill what I do in a manner than made it more accessible, or at least understandable, for others while at the same time defining my art and myself as unique. 2015 has been a wonderful year so far, and I feel that Periscope has been an important part of it, lending me thrust and perspective. – Ted Drozdowski, Musician
“Being accepted to Periscope has given me a new level of confidence about my creative practice. So many doors have been opened since the completion of the course, and I now see my work as something of value for which I should be paid a living wage. My audience has expanded drastically and I’m collaborating with new partners that I never knew would want to work with me. The word “transformative” is hokey, but I really don’t know any other way to describe the benefits of being included in this class.”