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.

Instagram Strategies for Visual Artists
Monday, October 25 at 6:30 PM (virtual)
With more than 1 billion active users, Instagram is one of the leading social platforms.  But many artists aren’t using IG effectively. This webinar will provide an overview of the  basics, along with strategies for hashtag usage, the best times to post, and building brand cohesion. Our presenter, Alana Marie, MSW, is a storyteller, documentary filmmaker, and digital content creator.

Let’s Talk Money
Monday, November 1 at 6:30 PM (virtual)
Especially for gig and self-employed creatives with uncertain, limited, and fluctuating income streams, this webinar will help you get a handle on your spending habits, break the feast or famine mindset, save for emergencies, and invest for a more secure financial future. Presenter David Maurice Sharper, a former professional modern dancer, is a financial literacy educator and the author of The Thriving Artist: Saving and Investing for Performers, Artists, and the Stage & Film Industries.

Every Artist Insured
Monday, November 15 at 6:30 PM (virtual)
Are you covered? With the expansion of Medicaid and more generous subsidies on HealthCare.gov, every artist should now be able to obtain health insurance! Geoff Oliver, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, will define confusing terminology, explain how to set up a HealthCare.gov account, select an affordable plan with full benefits, and verify your income. And, if you qualify for Medicaid (individuals with an annual income of $18,000 or less), you’ll learn how to apply. This webinar is FREE.

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Saturday, December 4, 9:30 AM (virtual) 
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 as a follow-up.

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Monday and Tuesday, December 6 and 7, 4:00 PM (virtual)

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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Tuesday and Wednesday, November 9 and 10, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (in-person)
hosted by Anders CPAs + Advisors, 800 Market St.
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 presentations on bookkeeping basics and payroll. Tuition covers both days and parking. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one day. Seating will be distanced and masks will be required. 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