The mission of the Small Business Program is to foster job creation and support the growth of new and existing businesses by providing capacity building information, tools, and resources. We provide coaching and assistance to small businesses. Our focus is to develop and empower small businesses in order to strengthen their business capability and survivability.
Ends on January 26, 2018

Program Description
This six-week program will increase participants’ knowledge on how to make their arts business sustainable and profitable. The selected cohort leave with a better understanding of City resources, business structure, goal setting, budgeting, tax law, protecting their intellectual property, marketing best practices, creating project proposals and gain a professional peer network. 

The program culminates in a Proposal Pitch Competition with an opportunity for cash awards. Artists will work on creating a five minute presentation or "Pitch" for a project they want to accomplish in the next year. The proposal can be used to apply for Cultural Funding, an Austin Art in Public Places Commission, a crowdfunding campaign or business plan. 

Eligibility
24 artists will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of community arts leaders and artists, representing a range of artistic disciplines. Criteria for acceptance are focused on the quality of artistic work, with consideration given for an artist’s career goals and overall readiness for the program. Artists of any discipline who are Austin residents or reside in the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction are encouraged to apply. Full-time students are not eligible. 

If accepted into the program, participants will be charged a one-time fee of $150. There is no fee to apply.

Application
Up to five images, five writing samples or three video links (no longer than two minutes each) are required, along with three questions about your art career, career goals and ideas for the Pitch project proposal you will work on throughout this program. 

Questions
Contact the Artist Career Training Program Manager, Calder Kamin, at calder.kamin@austintexas.gov or 512-974-7845.