Shunpike: The Business of Art

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Want Help Managing Your Arts Business, Project, or Creative Enterprise?

Providing arts business advice has been a cornerstone of Shunpike’s services for independent artists and arts groups since the organization was established in 2001. Whether you have questions about the relative benefit of different organizational structures, or want to learn more about fundraising, marketing, board development, managing money, events, risks, or people, Shunpike is a reliable, practical, and affordable resource.

Shunpike offers two entry points for accessing arts business advice from seasoned arts professionals:

Arts Business Clinics

Shunpike_ArtsBusinessClinic_Logo_1000px_DARKIn 2016, Shunpike will host four Arts Business Clinics. These are informal, drop-in clinics where Shunpike staff and ABC Advisors are on-hand to meet with attendees and talk about their arts business needs. Akin to a ‘speed date’ meet-up, artists and creative arts entrepreneurs are able to chat with supportive arts professionals about any aspect of arts business. This is a FREE, low-risk, no-obligation way to obtain the information you want while informally networking with other artists over drinks.

Clinics in 2016
Wednesday, February 24
Tuesday, April 26
Thursday, September 29
Wednesday, November 16

All Clinics are from 6-8pm, and attendees must register in advance. Call the Shunpike office at 206-905-1026 for more information.  

Arts Business Dates

Arts Business Dates take your relationship with Shunpike’s Arts Business Advisors to the next level. On an Arts Business Date you meet with one or two Advisors, in a mutually convenient location, at a mutually convenient time. On your ‘date’ you have the opportunity to discuss your arts business challenges with experienced arts professionals and ask questions specific to your arts project or creative enterprise.
Think of Arts Business Dates as a ‘match-making’ service where you tell Shunpike what arts-business advice you’re looking for, and we connect you with the most appropriate Advisors. Each Date gets you a dedicated 30 minutes from your allocated Advisors.

In return, you pay a $20, non-refundable, booking fee (payable to Shunpike), and agree to buy a hot drink for your Advisors (maybe even a cookie!). To book your Arts Business Date call the Shunpike office on 206 905 1026 or email