We offer workshops for individual artists and arts organizations. Check out these webinars:

This series is designed to increase the business savvy of our region’s artists. Offered annually, our core seminars cover career planning, marketing, taxes, copyright and contracts/negotiation skills. Additional seminar topics may be discipline specific or how-to.

Unemployment Insurance Mixed-Earner Fix: NEW DATE
Monday, March 1 at 6:30 PM
If you had at least $5,000 in self-employment/independent contractor income in 2019 (in addition to W-2 income) and applied for unemployment in 2020, you may be entitled to an additional $100/week as of December 31, 2020. We’ll explain what is known as the “mixed-earner fix” and how it’s being implemented in Missouri. Our speakers are Attorney Sarah Howes, who was instrumental in getting the federal legislation enacted, and Attorney Tim Mooney. (Please note: this webinar will be rescheduled if the Department of Labor hasn’t issued its guidance.)

Anatomy of a Contract
Monday, February 22 at 6:30 PM
Although many of us prefer to conduct our business on a handshake, vague verbal agreements can result in ugly mis­understandings. Attorney David Kim, Stinson, will provide negotiation tips and cover contract basics. We’ll also examine a work-made-for hire agreement.

Comic Book Legal & Business Essentials
Monday, March 8 at 6:30 PM
Join Comic Book Attorney Gamal Hennessy, author of The Business of Independent Comic Publishing, and Steenz Stewart, cartoonist and illustrator, for a lively discussion about their work and the most important legal and business issues surrounding indie comics.

Artists Thrive
Monday, March 22 at 6:30 PM
This virtual interactive workshop is for artists who want to discuss where they are in their creative practices and reflect on where they want to go. We’ll use the Artists Thrive self-assessment tool to spark a conversation facilitated by Pacia Elaine Anderson, artist, activist and community engagement strategist, and Mallory Rukhsana Nezam, a creative justice strategist and cultural producer who runs a consulting practice called Justice + Joy. When you register, you’ll be asked to complete the self-assessment survey (no later than March 19) before we send you the Zoom link.

Copyright Basics
Monday, April 26 at 6:30 PM
Do you have pressing questions about copyright? Here’s your chance to learn the fundamentals. Our speaker is Attorney Laila Wolfgram, Posinelli. This webinar celebrates World IP Week.

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LLC CLINIC (webinar)
Saturday, April 3 at 9:30 AM
Whether you’re thinking about forming a limited liability company or already have one, find out if this business structure really is for you. An attorney will cover all the basics, including how to form and run an LLC, operating agreements, when you can be held personally liable and how LLCs are taxed. Twenty-minute telephone consultations, if needed, will be scheduled in December.

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Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13 at 4:00 PM

Are you a choreographer who runs a dance company? Did you major in philosophy or art history? Are you someone with a 9-5 job who serves as the treasurer of an arts organization in your “spare” time? You’re an accidental arts administrator! This two-session seminar, which is co-presented by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council and Regional Arts Commission, covers working with a board of directors, marketing, fund-raising and financial management. Participants receive a 100-page manual. The Tuesday session covers strategic planning. This interactive, jargon-free workshop will help you develop an approach to planning that answers your organization’s big questions and enables your staff and board members to think and act strategically.

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Fall 2021 
This two-part, hands-on training for PC users with little or no accounting or QuickBooks experience is team taught by Anders CPAs + Advisors. The training will cover both QuickBooks Pro (destop version) and QuickBooks Online and includes optional pre- and post-sessions on bookeeping basics and payroll. Tuition covers both days. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one day. Seating is limited! Register at least 24 hours in advance and pay $40 per organization plus $15 for each additional person from the same organization. Tuition is $60 at the door.

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Winter 2022
Regional Arts Commission, 6128 Delmar
Need another set of eyes? A team of volunteer accountants will review your organization’s year-end financial statement. Our CPAs will be using this sample (intended for small arts organizations), which includes the required Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Activities. They’ll be looking for clear presentation that will inspire the confidence of the grant panelists. Please note that the volunteers will not be reviewing program budgets. If you (or someone from your organization) would like a FREE one-on-one consultation, please send an email with the person’s name, email address and your organization’s name. We’ll be making appointments in 15-minute blocks.

“Business Edge workshops are a great resource for local artists to not only learn about the business side of their craft but also to network with like-minded artists and form new relationships.”
Dannie Boyd