Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training


PERISCOPE is an eight-week 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 Director of Education, 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. View the 2017 Periscope Class Members here.

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 May-July 2018. Check out the class dates below!

WEEK 1: Setting Goals & Making Connections
Thursday, May 17, 2018: 5 pm – 9pm*
Get an introduction to goal setting before a fun networking mixer with current class members and Periscope alum.

WEEK 3: Building a Compelling Proposition
Thursday, May 31, 2018: 9 am – 1 pm
Focus on building a compelling unique selling proposition (USP) by learning from audience evaluations.

WEEK 5: The Basics of Getting to Market
Thursday, June 14, 2018: 9 am – 1 pm
The essentials of building a marketing plan and promoting your work.

WEEK 7: Getting Believers
Thursday, June 28, 2018: 1 pm – 5 pm
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?
Thursday, May 24, 2018: 1 pm – 5 pm
Analyze your current career position and identify what you need to build the brightest future for your art. 

WEEK 4: Framing Your Concept
Thursday, June 7, 2018: 9 am – 1 pm
Understanding your work, audience, and business structure to optimize the potential of your creative business.

WEEK 6: Business, Not Hobbies
Wednesday, June 20, 2018: 9 am – 1 pm*
Walk through the basics of what generates revenue for you, pricing strategies, and long-term business planning.

WEEK 8: Putting It All Together
July 5, 2018: 9 am – 1 pm
Use what you’ve learned to refine your business plan and next steps, and get comfortable pitching your creative endeavors to your audience.

Culminating Event/Pitch: September 2018 TBD*

*dates or times for these sessions are subject to change

COST: $200 (includes all materials). This workshop is valued at $500+ and has been generously subsidized by the Arts & Business Council’s funders and our program partners including:

INTERESTED IN APPLYING? Email to receive the 2018 application materials.

In order to offer Periscope to artists at an affordable fee of only $200, ABC is seeking additional individual and company scholarship support of $250 per artist attendee. 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

“I have always been a part of someone else’s artistic vision, whether in performance, promoting or fundraising for their organizations. Starting something from scratch on my own is scary, but Periscope gave me the tools to make it more manageable and actionable.” – Celine Thackston, chatterbird

Congratulations to the 2017 Class of Periscope Artist Entrepreneurs!

Periscope Pitch was on September 6, 2017. Read more about the event and find out who won over on our blog!