“The best things in life are free
But you can keep ’em for the birds and bees
Now give me money (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want)
That’s what I want (that’s what I want), yeah
That’s what I want”
Are you a visual artist interested in improving your business skills (translation: how do I make money selling my work)? If yes, the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts might have just what you are looking for. They have developed an 8 month long business course designed to address areas involving negotiation, marketing strategies, legal issues, and financial planning.
If 8 months seems like too long of a comittment, there’s a two-day event at the Boston Public Library called the Second Annual Massachusetts Artists Leadership & Entrepreneurship Conference. It’s free and open to artists of all disciplines. Here’s a link to this year’s schedule. It’s also a great opportunity to meet fellow artists and explore the art and architecture of this magnificent public building established in 1848. And by the way, it was the first U.S. public library to lend books!