Deadline for Applications: Monday, Aug. 1, 2016 by Midnight
Duration of Program: In-class: Sept. 13 – Dec. 13, 2016, Expo: Jan. 31, 2017

Become more business savvy and turn your passion into a sustainable business by applying to the Artrepreneur York Region program!

The York Region Arts Council is excited to bring the third cohort of this accelerator program to creatives in the community in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York/York Small Business Enterprise Centre, Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre, Richmond Hill Small Business Enterprise Centre, Markham Small Business Centre, ventureLAB, NewMakeIt, York University, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, Arts Society King, Newmarket Arts Council, Markham Arts Council and Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery.

What is Artrepreneur?
Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. This is the third cohort of Artrepreneur York Region. The program was created in 2015 and will have completed five cohorts in four communities (Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Newmarket & Barrie), impacting over 120 diverse creative entrepreneurs by the end of 2016.

Why participate in the Program?
Artists are entrepreneurs who contribute greatly to the social and economic well-being of their communities and, as such, require strategic training to grow in capacity. By incubating creatives working across all disciplines in one program, we foster collaboration and the sharing of ideas, tools, tips and best practices, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to “make it” as a creative entrepreneur.

Artrepreneur York Region is comprised of weekly in-class sessions, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo over a period of four months. It primarily serves York Region based artists, arts groups and arts businesses working in all creative disciplines such as, though not limited to, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, music, jewelry, fashion, graphic design, gaming and augmented reality. Sessions are hands-on and will range in format from lectures to peer-to-peer workshops.

Throughout the program, faculty will guide fellows in the step-by-step development of a business plan by providing them with templates, learning modules and actionable assignments. By the end of the program, fellows will have a complete business plan and the opportunity to present their work in front of industry leaders. Upon successful completion, fellows will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.

Click here to learn more about Artrepreneur York Region and apply online today!

Questions? Contact Samantha at samantha@yorkregionartscouncil.com or call 905-726-3278.