The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, based at UA Little Rock, will hold a one-day conference to teach artists how to start a business effectively, in partnership with Rock It! Lab and the Arkansas Arts Council.
Update: This event has been postponed until further notice.
ARtist Reboot! will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Central Arkansas Library System Rock It! Lab, 120 River Market Ave., Little Rock.
Artists will learn how to start a business the right way, protect their intellectual property, identify their target customer, organize their business, and manage their finances.
Musicians, visual artists, graphic designers, photographers, and anyone else who considers themselves to be an artist and wants to learn how to start a business around their art are encouraged to attend.
Register here to attend the free event. Pre-registration is required.
“Attending a day-long conference where you learn how to turn your passions into profits is an investment you won’t regret,” said Pamela Reed, inclusion and diversity specialist for ASBTDC.
The tentative schedule for the event:
9:10 a.m. – Welcome – Patrick Ralston, Director, Arkansas Arts Council/Artists Resources
9:30 a.m. – Your Art, Your Business – Pamela Reed, ASBTDC
10:45 a.m. Finance Best Practices & Pricing Your Product – Dr. Bruce James, Economics Professor, Philander Smith College
1 p.m. – Protecting Your Intellectual Property – Kim Vu Dinh, Professor, UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
2:30 p.m. – Finding Your Target Customer/Marketing Strategy – Speaker TBD
3:30 p.m. – Business Planning Resources – Pamela Reed, ASBTDC
4:15 p.m. – Q&A with an Artist
Musician, photographer, and poet Joshua Asante (Velvet Kente) will also lead a session.
The location for this event is the new Rock It! Lab, a collaboration of CALS and Advancing Black Entrepreneurship. The lab has three maker spaces for use by creative entrepreneurs.