We offer affordable workshops for individual artists and arts organizations. Can’t afford to pay? Please contact us to request a scholarship.

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. In all, ten Business Edge seminars are offered annually.

Essential Tax Knowledge for Creatives
Monday, February 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
Lorri Rippelmeyer and Dan Schindler, Anders CPAs + Advisors, will guide you through the tax maze and offer suggestions that could save you money and a lot of aggravation.

Don’t Keep Your Day Job
Monday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 PM
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
How do you know if it’s time to quit your day job? Our panel of full-time visual artists – Jessica Hitchcock, Yvonne Osei and Zack Smithey – will discuss their business decisions, challenges they face, and pricing and marketing strategies. Attorney Kathy Van Voorhees, Stock Legal, will address key legal and business considerations.

Copyright Clinic
Monday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 PM
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
Do you have pressing questions about copyright? Here’s your chance to learn the fundamentals. Attorney Laila Wolfgram, Polsinelli, will cover the basics. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 15 minutes talking to a volunteer lawyer. Consultations will be scheduled in person that evening and may not be available if you do not register in advance.

No More Sweaty Palms: Public Speaking for Creatives
Monday, March 30,
6:30-8:30 PM
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
Nervous about public speaking? Clam up in front of a microphone? This interactive workshop will present basic strategies and techniques that will give you the confidence to speak about your work in front of any audience, large or small. Our dynamic instructor is William Whitaker, professor of practice in drama, Washington University.

Anatomy of a Contract
Monday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 PM
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
Although many of us still 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 collaboration agreement.

Copyrighting Nature
Monday, April 20, 6:30-8:30 PM, FREE
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
Prof. Ila Sheren, Washington University Department of Art History & Archeology, and Attorney Gene Brockland, SmithAmundsen, will discuss the intriguing intersection of environmental art and copyright law. Presented in collaboration with the Copyright Alliance and celebrating World IP Week.

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Saturday, May 2
High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
Whether you’re thinking about forming a limited liability company or already have one, find out if this business structure really is for you. Ericka Simpson Conner, Husch Blackwell, will cover all the basics, including how to form and run a LLC, operating agreements, when you can be held personally liable and how LLCs are taxed. Then you’ll have an opportunity to spend 20 minutes talking one-on-one with a volunteer lawyer-accountant team. Consultations are scheduled in person that morning and may not be available if you do not register in advance. Your $15 tuition covers our referral service fee, so you can be matched with an attorney or accountant, if needed, after the clinic.

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Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5

High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in Grand Center
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 second 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. Advance registration is $20 per organization plus $5 for each additional person from the same organization who attends. Registration at the door is $40 per person. Tuition covers both sessions. Sorry, no discounts for attending just one session.

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Fall 2020
Thomas Dunn Learning Center in Dutchtown
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 2021
Regional Arts Commission, 6128Delmar
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