Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training

Congratulations to the 2019 class of Periscope: Artist Entrepreneurs! Read more about the Periscope Pitch + Artist Showcase that took place on September 4 over on our blog!

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.

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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
Get an introduction to goal setting before a fun networking mixer with current class members and Periscope alum.

WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition
Focus on building a compelling unique selling proposition (USP) by learning from audience evaluations.

WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market
The essentials of building a marketing plan and promoting your work.

WEEK 7: Making The Ask
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?
Analyze your current career position and identify what you need to build the brightest future for your art. 

WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept
Understanding your work, audience, and business structure to optimize the potential of your creative business.

WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies
Walk through the basics of what generates revenue for you, pricing strategies, and long-term business planning.

WEEK 8: Getting Believers
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 2020

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.


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.”


Watch the Periscope 2017 Recap video: