PERISCOPE is a year-long intensive training opportunity that empowers working artists to see their creative practice through an entrepreneurial lens.
Led by expert advisors from the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 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 + Artist Entrepreneur Showcase
Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training is a program of the Arts & Business Council delivered with our partners:
WHO: The experience is limited to up to 25 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 2021.
WHERE: Training sessions will be held online via Zoom and course materials will be shared through Google Classroom. The Periscope Pitch + Artist Entrepreneur Showcase may be in-person or online based on the most current public health guidelines.
WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market WEEK 7: Getting Believers WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies WEEK 8: Making The Ask
Thurs., March 25 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Get an introduction to goal setting before a fun networking mixer with current class members and Periscope alum.
Thurs., April 8 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Focus on building a compelling unique selling proposition (USP) by learning from audience evaluations.
Thurs., April 22 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The essentials of building a marketing plan and promoting your work.
Thurs., May 6 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Discover the process of talking about your work in a way that will gain believers and make use of other people’s talents.
Thurs., April 1 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Analyze your current career position and identify what you need to build the brightest future for your art.
Thurs., April 15 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Understanding your work, audience, and business structure to optimize the potential of your creative business.
Thurs., April 29 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Walk through the basics of what generates revenue for you, pricing strategies, and long-term business planning.
Thurs., May 13 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Use what you’ve learned to refine your business plan and next steps, and get comfortable pitching your creative endeavors to your audience.
WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition
WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market
WEEK 7: Getting Believers
WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept
WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies
WEEK 8: Making The Ask
Periscope Pitch + Artist Entrepreneur Showcase: September 2021 (TBD)
COST: There is no fee to apply. Once accepted, there is a $250 participation fee (includes all materials). This program is valued at $1,750+ 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.
NOMINATIONS: Nominate an artist who you think would benefit from entrepreneurial training and we’ll invite them to apply. We’ll notify nominees when applications open for the 2022 cohort.
APPLY: Applications for Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training 2021 are closed. Applications for the 2022 class open in January 2022. If you have questions or would like to learn more about Periscope, please contact us at (615) 460-8274 or email@example.com.
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 that 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.”
Class of 2021: Learn more about this year’s cohort on our blog