Creative Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Artists and Designers

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Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

115 McCaul Street

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Toronto, ON M5T 1G1

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Are you curious how entrepreneurship applies to artists and designers?

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Are you an aspiring founder? Independent studio artist? Freelancer? Member of a small collective?

These three workshops will help you understand how to start your creative business. Light refreshments will be provided. All sessions will take place at the CEAD, level 3, 115 McCaul Street. 

Please select tickets for each workshop you plan to attend. We strongly encourage participants to attend all 3 workshops.

Note: These sessions are only available to OCAD U students and alumni.

From Idea to Action - Wed. Feb. 19, 1-6PM

How do you take your thesis project to the next level? Start a studio practice? Launch your own DIY space? Run an art collective?

Bring an idea, whether it is a business concept, ongoing project or dream, and map out how you can turn that idea into reality.

Making Connections - Thurs. Feb. 20, 1-6PM

How do you build connections and foster a creative community?

Through two panels of speakers, demystify the process of making connections from building your network of collaborators and mentors, to finding your audience, customers and clients.

Panel 1: Finding Collaborators and Mentors - Topics covered include how to find community, how to develop relationships with mentors, and what makes successful collaborations.

  • Ashu Syal, Incubator Programs Lead, Ryerson DMZ
  • Christina Guo, Entrepreneur, Founder of U-Dimensions
  • Marsya Maharani, Curator

Panel 2: Finding your Audience / Clients / Customers - Topics covered include how to validate your business idea, what finding the “first customer” looks like, how to figure out pricing, and helpful tools and resources

  • Aaron Millard, Illustrator
  • Devan Patel, Gallery Director & Owner of Patel Gallery
  • Jalisa Luces-Mendes, Founder of Toni Marlow Clothing

Business 101 - Fri. Feb. 21, 1-6PM

What business skills do I need as an artist or designer?

Understand the practical basics of being self-employed: legal business structures, taxes, contracts, and intellectual property.

  • Workshop 1 - Intro to Business Structures: led by the CEAD, the session will cover legal business structures and how that impacts your practice.
  • Workshop 2 - Tax Considerations for Small Businesses: led by Brian Borts, the session will cover New developments for 2019 taxes, HST - Tips and Traps, RRSP’s vs TFSA’s, Deductibility of Business Expenses, CRA Audits/Review Initiatives.
  • Workshop 3 - Contracting Basics 101: led by Paul Sanderson, the session will cover the importance of contracts, components to include, considerations, and what to do if clients breach the contract.
  • Workshop 4 - Intellectual Property: led by Macy Siu, Hannah Carriere and the CEAD, join us for an interactive workshop to learn more about how intellectual property can play a role in different dimensions of your art / design practice. At this workshop you will: Hear stories of other emerging artists / designers – their challenges and experiences, work with peers to generate ideas on how to tackle difficult conversations around ownership, protection, and commercialization of your work, and contribute to the development of a future resource for the CEAD.

Please select tickets for each workshop you plan to attend. We strongly encourage participants to attend all 3 workshops.

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Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

115 McCaul Street

Level 3

Toronto, ON M5T 1G1

Canada

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