Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training

Periscope 2019 is currently in session. Congratulations to the 20 talented artist entrepreneurs selected for this year’s cohort! Read more about them on the blog here. If you’re interested in applying for Periscope 2020, please email to get on the notification list.

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.

Periscope provides:

    • 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 1: Setting Goals & Making Connections
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.

WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition
March 28, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
Focus on building a compelling unique selling proposition (USP) by learning from audience evaluations.

WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market
April 11, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
The essentials of building a marketing plan and promoting your work.

WEEK 7: Making The Ask
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.

WEEK 2: What’s Your Idea?
March 21, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
Analyze your current career position and identify what you need to build the brightest future for your art. 

WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept
April 4, 9am-1pm (Entrepreneur Center)
Understanding your work, audience, and business structure to optimize the potential of your creative business.

WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies
April 18, 1pm-5pm (Belmont University)
Walk through the basics of what generates revenue for you, pricing strategies, and long-term business planning.

WEEK 8: Getting Believers
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.

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 including:

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.

Hear from Periscope alumni about the experience:

“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.”

Congratulations to the 2018 Class of Periscope Artist Entrepreneurs!

Periscope Pitch was on September 6, 2018. Read more about the event and find out who won over on our Facebook Page!

Watch the Periscope 2017 Recap video: