Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training

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.

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 + 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 1: Setting Goals & Making Connections
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.

WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition
Thurs., April 8 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Focus on building a compelling unique selling proposition (USP) by learning from audience evaluations.

WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market
Thurs., April 22 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The essentials of building a marketing plan and promoting your work.

WEEK 7: Getting Believers
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.

WEEK 2: What’s Your Idea?
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. 

WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept
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.

WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies
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.

WEEK 8: Making The Ask
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.

Periscope Pitch + Artist Entrepreneur Showcase: September 8, 2021 – Get tickets.

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.

Nominate an Artist for Periscope 2022

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

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 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.”

Periscope offers a network of 170+ alumni:

Class of 2021
Bliss Cortez

Bradley Montesi

Cassis Pitman

Hunter Perschbacher

Jamila (Mimi) McCarley

Jammie Williams

Janelle Faiman

Jenny Petite

Karen Matkosky

Keisha Becerra

Kyshona Armstrong

Lindsy Davis

Lyndy Rutledge

Monya Nikahd

Natalie Jean

Rachel Karr

Rebecca Titus

Reza Filsoofi

Sarah Clinton

Stephcynie Curry

Terrell Johnson

Tosha Pendergrast

Ty Swint

Tyler Champion

Class of 2020
Akil Prince

Alison Brazil

Amanda Danner

Amanda Ewing

Amy Frederick

Annette McNamara

Ayumi Bennett

Brandie Lee

Cameron L. Mitchell

Carolyn Beehler

Eileen Tomson

Elan Kandel

Emma Levitz

Heather LeRoy

Jacquelyn Swift (J.Swift)

Jennifer Deafenbaugh

Jillian Frame

Kayla Jenkins

Mel Ferrer

Nick Drake (Chuck iNDigo)

Nicole Ahima

Patty McAvoy

Rachel Bartek

Sara McCloud

Class of 2019
Carolyn Boutwell

Erin Connally

Alan Fey

Anna Haas

Sadie Hart

Mirrah Johnson

Coretta King

Amber Lelli

John Mahler

Keavy Murphree

Lou Oshay

Kelly Savoca

Mayter Scott

Helen Stackhouse

Emily Tyndall

Dorinda Walker

Lindsay Walker

Roz Welch

Will Winton

Class of 2018
Elaine Slayton Akin

Audry Deal-McEver

Amanda Downs

Michael Ewing

Stephie G

Aaron Grayum

Jesse Hale

Georganna Greene

Erin Hewgley

Melba Williams Kirk

Amanda Lomax

Cailin Manning

Diane Marsella

Regina McCord

Joseph Patrick

Rashad Rayford

Mark Schlicher

Jennie Schut

Sarah Shearer

Thaxton Waters

Class of 2017
Valentine Adams

Rebekah Alexander

Richard Barrow

Chip Boles

Julia Whitney Brown

Danielle Duer

Jordan Holland

Kat Jones

Alysha Malo

Kristin McCalley

Jama Mohammed

Tony Perrin

Colleen Phelps

Susan Prado

Ryan Rowland

Tony Sobota

Brian Somerville

Saran Thompson

Donna Woodley

Class of 2016
Rebecca Allen

James Bard

M. Simone Boyd

Martin Cadieux

Holly Carden

Maryanna Clarke

David Coleman

Amélie Guthrie

David Hellams

Judith Hill

Bethany Langford

Stellasue Lee

Megan Lightell

Yoni Limor

Jennifer Luckett

Mary Mooney

Karen Robb

Elizabeth Ross

Sally Schloss

Alice Shepherd

Class of 2015
Clay Bush

Rachel Cohen

G.C. Denwiddie

Tina Gionis

Stephanie Hardy

Dustin Hedrick

Kelly Kessler

Shana Kohnstamm

Ash-shahid Muhammad

Jason Replogle

Rachel Rogers

Jeri Sager

Liliana Salomon

Pam Simmons

Lisa Spradley

Cheryl Stewart

Tasneem Tewogbola

Tara Thompson

Doris Wasserman

Marilyn Wilkinson

Class of 2014
Edward Belbusti

Danny Broadway

Ben Cooper

Ted Drozdowski

Lolly Durant

Meredith Edmondson

John Fisher

Greg Greene

Rhendi Greenwell

Rebekah Hampton Barger

Lily Hansen

Erin Herb

Beth Inglish

Judy Klich

Steven Knapp

Sharon Kotlick

Merry Beth Myrick

Carly Pearce

Stephanie Pruitt

Randy Purcell

Elizabeth Sanford

Jas Taylor

Celine Thackston

Amanda Valentine

Ryan Wagner

The program culminates with the Periscope Pitch + Artist Entrepreneur Showcase: