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

The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Avenue in Grand Center.
Metered street parking (and free parking along Samuel Shepard Drive).
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.

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What’s in a Name?
Monday, January 7, 6:30-8:30 PM
A great name alone won’t make or break a band or brand, but it can certainly help. Our panel members are Alonzo Lee,  a two-time Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and engineer of The Trak Starz, Kelly Wells and Tonina Saputo, KDHX, and Laura Marsh, VLAA summer associate. Then Kevin Haynie, YourTrademarkAttorney.com, will explain why your band name should (or shouldn’t) be protected by a trademark.

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Spring 2018
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 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, December 3, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
and Monday December 10, 4:00 PM-6:30 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 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. This training will be held at the Contemporary Museum of Art, 3750 Washington in Grand Center. Metered and free parking is available on Spring and on Washington.

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Fall 2019

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“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