Pave

The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship paves the way to the future of the arts by investing in student innovation and creativity, supporting arts entrepreneurship education and undertaking entrepreneurial activities and research.

Pave

Overview

Mission
The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship paves the way to the future of the arts by investing in student innovation and creativity, supporting arts entrepreneurship education and undertaking entrepreneurial activities and research.

Vision
The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship focuses on educating students, artists and educators about how the principles of entrepreneurship can support the development of creative opportunities for all artists.

There are four major components of Pave:

  • Arts entrepreneurship classes such as Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship, Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar, Theatre Organization and Management, Independent Film and more.
  • Investment in and support for student initiated arts-based ventures, both for-profit and nonprofit, in the arts venture incubator.
  • Public programming about arts entrepreneurship including speakers, workshops and a biennial symposium.
  • Research in arts entrepreneurship, including the publication of the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit now available for purchase

Pave’s activities are supported by:
The Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
The Women and Philanthropy Program of the ASU Foundation

Arts Venture Incubator

The Pave Arts Venture Incubator provides an experiential learning opportunity for self-motivated student teams with big ideas. Students learn principles of entrepreneurship by participating in a granting competition. Students accepted into the incubator develop a venture of their own with program guidance and seed funding. The incubator activities include: pre-proposal workshops; review and feedback on preliminary proposals and final proposals; professional sustainability workshops; mentorship; pitch opportunities; and grant administration.

Pave seeks to encourage creativity and innovation in the arts by helping self-motivated student teams develop and grow new projects that:

  • Advance innovative forms of creative expression in the arts.
  • Combine existing disciplinary knowledge in original ways.
  • Make innovative use of existing technologies to support the creation of artistic work.
  • Develop new technology for the creation, delivery or dissemination of creative work in the arts.
  • Initiate the creation of new business models to advance and support the arts.
  • Create and develop innovative arts education concepts and programs, either within ASU or in the broader community.

Letters of intent to apply to enter the incubator are solicited each spring.

View the 2014 call for proposals
There are multiple student enterprises in development by students at any one time. Projects currently in development include:

  • !Habla!AZ
  • [nueBOX]
  • Blaze Playwrights’ Collective
  • Higher Level Games
  • Honest Words/Open Minds
  • SciFilms
  • Vivifi Events

The incubator has helped over thirty student teams develop their enterprising ideas. Many of these are going concerns that have become part of the cultural fabric of Arizona and beyond. A sampling of these includes:

  • Join and Cast Ventures – Two Art (Intermedia) students, Jennifer Campbell and Catherine Akins, produced a field guide to the downtown Phoenix arts scene that is itself a work of art.
  • Dance and Health Together (DaHt, Inc)– Initated by undergraduate ASU School of Dance student Mary Porter, DaHT presents opportunities that develop awareness of the mind and body connection through dance. DaHT is now a self-sustaining 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in its third year of operation.
  • Different from What? Film Festival– ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering graduate student Lisa Tolentino, in collaboration with education student Federico Waitoller, produced a film festival focused on films by, for, and about adults with disabilities. The project was so successful, it eventually became part of an ongoing program at ASU.
  • UrbanSTEW -An artists collective that grew out of three Pave-seeded projects, UrbanSTEW is a 501(c)3 corporation now in its sixth year of operation in Tempe.
  • Progressive Theatre Workshop – Founded by an undergraduate theatre major and his creative collaborators, Progressive Theatre Workshop is an independent 501(c)3 corporation that develops new work created by the group. Progressive Theatre Workshop’s production of Shots: A Love Story was presented locally and at the New York International Fringe Festival. Now based in New York City, PTW recently produced God Hates this Show at the HERE Arts Center.
  • Formatted Pictures - An independent film production company founded by undergraduate Daniel Tantalean to support filmmaking that addresses contemporary social issues.
  • Blue Bike Kids Show for Kids - An Arizona Limited Liability Corporation founded by then graduate student Boyd Branch and two ASU theatre alumni to teach kids about science in a highly theatricalized and portable format.

The 2014-2015 Arts Venture Incubator is funded through a generous grant from the Women and Philanthropy Program of the ASU Foundation.

 

Apply

Arts Venture Incubator: How to Apply

The Arts Venture Incubator will provide seed funding and support for up to four creative teams in the 2015-2016 incubator program

Letters of intent due: September 4, 2015 5 p.m.

Mandatory finalists’ workshop (by invitation): Sept. 14, 2015, 4:00-5:30p.m.

Full proposals (by invitation) due: Sept. 25, 2015, 5 p.m.

Announcement of award recipients: Oct. 2, 2015

Award period for venture development: Oct. 2, 2015 – June 30, 2016

 

Note: Project leaders must enroll in and attend the arts venture incubation course, which will meet on four Saturdays (total) in October, November, and December.

Official Criteria
Pave seeks to encourage creativity and innovation in the arts by helping self-motivated student teams develop and grow new projects that:

  • Advance innovative forms of creative expression in the arts.
  • Combine existing disciplinary knowledge in unique and original ways.
  • Make innovative use of existing technologies to support the creation of artistic work.
  • Develop new technology for the creation, delivery or dissemination of creative work in the arts.
  • Initiate the creation of new business models to advance and support the arts.
  • Create and develop innovative arts education concepts and programs in the broader community.

Pave and the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre recognize that no set of rules, no matter how thorough or carefully developed, can ever cover all circumstances. However, all teams are expected to abide by the specific rules provided below. Pave and the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre reserve the right to disqualify any team that violates the rules, regulations or spirit of the initiative.

Venture and Team Eligibility Guidelines

  • Pave supports student created, managed and owned projects.
  • The proposed project must be led by an enrolled ASU student who plays a major role in the conceptualization of the project and has a key management role in the project.
  • All team members must be in good standing and enrolled in at least one three-hour course during the award year (July–June, fall and spring semesters respectively).
  • If the applying team leader graduates during the award year, the team leader must register for the venture incubation course as either a non-degree seeking student or through continuing education.
  • All teams are required to submit formative and summative reports on a predetermined schedule, usually the end of each month during the incubator year.

There is no restriction on team size. However, three to five people per team is suggested. Multi-disciplinary teams are highly encouraged. Preference will be given to project teams that support an interdisciplinary as well as an entrepreneurial approach to the arts.
You are not required to have a School of Film, Dance, and Theatre major on your team. Note, however that only teams that include a School of Film, Dance and Theatre major (BA, BFA, M.A., MFA or Ph.D.) will be eligible to access the school’s equipment and facilities.

Submission Rules and Guidelines
You must submit letter of intent online by 5 p.m. September 4, 2015 via this link. [To access this link, you must be logged in to your ASURite account and may need to log out of any other Google accounts] Your letter of intent must be a 250-500 word description of your arts-based venture that specifically addresses the project goals of advancing creativity and innovation in the arts and how you intend to sustain your enterprise in order to do so. The Pave steering committee will review proposals immediately after the deadline. Finalists will be notified by Sept. 11, 2015, and invited to submit a full proposal due Sept. 21. Finalists must participate in the full proposal workshop Sept. 14, 4:00-5:30.
Full proposals are due Sept. 21, 2015. The proposal must include the following sections:

  • Concept and description, specifically addressing the innovative approaches the project will undertake.
  • Summary of the business strategy (how the enterprise will generate revenue to meet or exceed expenses).
  • Identification of and strategy for developing your audience and/or distributing your product.
  • Creative and support team and qualifications.
  • Budget, including all sources of revenue. Please note that all projects must include a third party (i.e. not personal private) match of money, sponsorship, investment or in-kind contributions and/or earned income. Also include in this section any ASU facilities you propose to use to develop and complete your project.
  • Schedule for project development and completion including measurable milestones and sustainability of project beyond initial funding period.
  • Appendices must include, at minimum, resumes of key team members and supporting letter from an ASU faculty mentor who is not a member of the Pave committee.

Finalists for the incubator program may be asked to meet with the Pave steering committee consisting of faculty and community members prior to a final decision.
Once a general plan has been developed, seek advice from a faculty member who can serve as a mentor in the project's development and execution. A letter of support from a faculty mentor specifically addressing the project and the suitability of the team to complete it is a required part of the final application. Pave steering committee members are also available for pre-proposal mentorship.

Submissions format

  • The front page of your proposal must be the Pave proposal form.
  • Download the application form [doc] and [pdf]
  • Submit the proposal via email by 5 p.m. Sept. 21, 2015, as a pdf attachment to: linda.essig@asu.edu

All proposals submitted on time that meet qualifications will be reviewed. Please do not contact the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre regarding your proposal status. Emails will be sent to team leaders regarding the status of team's advancement to each round.


Download sample grant application

Curriculum

The Pave Program recognizes that entrepreneurial behavior can be learned across and suffused within the traditional arts disciplines. Nevertheless, several courses focus specifically on arts entrepreneurship:

THP 352 Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship
Study of theories, skills, and knowledge foundational to an entrepreneurial approach to art making and art management. Through exercises, readings, projects, and case studies, you will develop greater capacity to support your actualization and self-efficacy as an artist. Taught every semester.

THP 452 Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar
Project-based course in which students learn to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to fruition. Taught annually.

The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship also offers a series of Artist Professional Sustainability Workshops for the general public through ASU’s office of Continuing Education.

Other courses of interest:

ARA 394 Marketing for Artists
How to sustain your practice and support your passion.

ARA 460 Gallery Exhibitions
Practical experience in all phases of department gallery operations and preparation of gallery publications.

DCE 371 Third Year Seminar
Hones skills in collaborative approaches, teaching, leading, and facilitation through partnerships with community organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Dance majors only.

DSC 394 Design Entrepreneurship & Society
Study of mindset and skills necessary to an entrepreneurial approach to designing for public good.

MUP 494 Music Product Creation and Development
Project-based course designed to help students bring their creative ideas to fruition.

THP 351 Arts Management
Management, organizational behavior, and human behavior in the arts; marketing, financing, and budgeting for the arts.

THE 403 Independent Film 
The independent film movement and independent film production.

THP 450 Theatre Organization and Management
Overview of nonprofit arts: organizational design, strategic planning, financial management and leadership.

Arizona State University takes a decentralized approach to entrepreneurship education – entrepreneurship courses, degrees, and certificates can be found in almost every college and school in the university. For information on other curricular offerings, see entrepreneurship.asu.edu

Public Programming

The Pave Program sponsors a series of public talks and a biennial symposium in alternate years. All events are open to the public and many events are free. (See the events page for the most up-to-date scheduling information.)

BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE ARTS

4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts:
Creativity and New Venture Creation in the Arts

May 8-9, 2015 Arizona State University’s 4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration presents a national symposium on creativity and new venture creation in the arts. Participants will explore the processes, outcomes, and impacts of new venture creation in the arts through hands-on workshops, speakers, pitch sessions and research presentations. Framed by an interactive workshop on creativity led by Elizabeth Long-Lingo and anchored by keynote speeches by Ruby Lerner, CEO of Creative Capital, and Steven J. Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the symposium will also include concurrent sessions on theory, practice, and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship, creativity, and new venture creation in the arts.

Download the Symposium schedule of events here.

Register for the 4th biennial symposium.

Research

Publication

The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship publishes The Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit.  Created by local artists, for local artists, the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit is a comprehensive collection of digital tools artists can use to support the business side of their creative practice. The toolkit puts resources, step-by-step instructions, and templates in one place.  The toolkit’s six sections include business planning, budgeting, financing your work, public relations and marketing, legal issues for artists, and public art. It will be available for purchase directly from the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre beginning December 2014.

The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship also publishes Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Co-edited by Pave Director Linda Essig and Dr. Joe Roberts of Webster University, Artivate is the first scholarly journal to focus on the emergent field of arts entrepreneurship. Artivate seeks works of original scholarship in the following areas: entrepreneurship theory as applied to the arts; arts entrepreneurship education; arts management; arts and creative industries; public policy and the arts; the arts in community and economic development; nonprofit leadership; social entrepreneurship in or using the arts; evaluation and assessment in and of the field; public practice in the arts. For more information, see artivate.org.

Research studies and presentations

How It’s Being Done: Arts Business Training Across the U.S. is a project commissioned by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation to inventory the business training available to artists outside of academia to determine both trends and gaps in order to support a healthier infrastructure for artists of all kinds. As part of that research we have also compiled an annotated list of free resources for artists.

You can download the revised report here: How It's Being Done: Arts Business Training across the U.S. 

Download Free Resources for Artists

E-VALUE-ating Arts Incubators is a study of the ways in which arts incubators across the U.S. create value for their various stakeholder communities and how they evaluate their success at creating such value.  Published work out of this study includes “Failure is a Necessary Condition: Goals and Evaluation Metrics of University-Based Arts Venture Incubators” (Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 2014) and “Arts Incubators: A Typology” (Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 2014).  Upon completion of the study in 2016, a framework for the evaluation of arts incubators will be available on this site.

The research and publication activities of the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship are supported by:
The Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
The Women and Philanthropy Program of the ASU Foundation

Mission
The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship paves the way to the future of the arts by investing in student innovation and creativity, supporting arts entrepreneurship education and undertaking entrepreneurial activities and research.

Vision
The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship focuses on educating students, artists and educators about how the principles of entrepreneurship can support the development of creative opportunities for all artists.

There are four major components of Pave:

  • Arts entrepreneurship classes such as Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship, Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar, Theatre Organization and Management, Independent Film and more.
  • Investment in and support for student initiated arts-based ventures, both for-profit and nonprofit, in the arts venture incubator.
  • Public programming about arts entrepreneurship including speakers, workshops and a biennial symposium.
  • Research in arts entrepreneurship, including the publication of the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit now available for purchase

Pave’s activities are supported by:
The Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
The Women and Philanthropy Program of the ASU Foundation

The Pave Arts Venture Incubator provides an experiential learning opportunity for self-motivated student teams with big ideas. Students learn principles of entrepreneurship by participating in a granting competition. Students accepted into the incubator develop a venture of their own with program guidance and seed funding. The incubator activities include: pre-proposal workshops; review and feedback on preliminary proposals and final proposals; professional sustainability workshops; mentorship; pitch opportunities; and grant administration.

Pave seeks to encourage creativity and innovation in the arts by helping self-motivated student teams develop and grow new projects that:

  • Advance innovative forms of creative expression in the arts.
  • Combine existing disciplinary knowledge in original ways.
  • Make innovative use of existing technologies to support the creation of artistic work.
  • Develop new technology for the creation, delivery or dissemination of creative work in the arts.
  • Initiate the creation of new business models to advance and support the arts.
  • Create and develop innovative arts education concepts and programs, either within ASU or in the broader community.

Letters of intent to apply to enter the incubator are solicited each spring.

View the 2014 call for proposals
There are multiple student enterprises in development by students at any one time. Projects currently in development include:

  • !Habla!AZ
  • [nueBOX]
  • Blaze Playwrights’ Collective
  • Higher Level Games
  • Honest Words/Open Minds
  • SciFilms
  • Vivifi Events

The incubator has helped over thirty student teams develop their enterprising ideas. Many of these are going concerns that have become part of the cultural fabric of Arizona and beyond. A sampling of these includes:

  • Join and Cast Ventures – Two Art (Intermedia) students, Jennifer Campbell and Catherine Akins, produced a field guide to the downtown Phoenix arts scene that is itself a work of art.
  • Dance and Health Together (DaHt, Inc)– Initated by undergraduate ASU School of Dance student Mary Porter, DaHT presents opportunities that develop awareness of the mind and body connection through dance. DaHT is now a self-sustaining 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in its third year of operation.
  • Different from What? Film Festival– ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering graduate student Lisa Tolentino, in collaboration with education student Federico Waitoller, produced a film festival focused on films by, for, and about adults with disabilities. The project was so successful, it eventually became part of an ongoing program at ASU.
  • UrbanSTEW -An artists collective that grew out of three Pave-seeded projects, UrbanSTEW is a 501(c)3 corporation now in its sixth year of operation in Tempe.
  • Progressive Theatre Workshop – Founded by an undergraduate theatre major and his creative collaborators, Progressive Theatre Workshop is an independent 501(c)3 corporation that develops new work created by the group. Progressive Theatre Workshop’s production of Shots: A Love Story was presented locally and at the New York International Fringe Festival. Now based in New York City, PTW recently produced God Hates this Show at the HERE Arts Center.
  • Formatted Pictures - An independent film production company founded by undergraduate Daniel Tantalean to support filmmaking that addresses contemporary social issues.
  • Blue Bike Kids Show for Kids - An Arizona Limited Liability Corporation founded by then graduate student Boyd Branch and two ASU theatre alumni to teach kids about science in a highly theatricalized and portable format.

The 2014-2015 Arts Venture Incubator is funded through a generous grant from the Women and Philanthropy Program of the ASU Foundation.

 

Arts Venture Incubator: How to Apply

The Arts Venture Incubator will provide seed funding and support for up to four creative teams in the 2015-2016 incubator program

Letters of intent due: September 4, 2015 5 p.m.

Mandatory finalists’ workshop (by invitation): Sept. 14, 2015, 4:00-5:30p.m.

Full proposals (by invitation) due: Sept. 25, 2015, 5 p.m.

Announcement of award recipients: Oct. 2, 2015

Award period for venture development: Oct. 2, 2015 – June 30, 2016

 

Note: Project leaders must enroll in and attend the arts venture incubation course, which will meet on four Saturdays (total) in October, November, and December.

Official Criteria
Pave seeks to encourage creativity and innovation in the arts by helping self-motivated student teams develop and grow new projects that:

  • Advance innovative forms of creative expression in the arts.
  • Combine existing disciplinary knowledge in unique and original ways.
  • Make innovative use of existing technologies to support the creation of artistic work.
  • Develop new technology for the creation, delivery or dissemination of creative work in the arts.
  • Initiate the creation of new business models to advance and support the arts.
  • Create and develop innovative arts education concepts and programs in the broader community.

Pave and the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre recognize that no set of rules, no matter how thorough or carefully developed, can ever cover all circumstances. However, all teams are expected to abide by the specific rules provided below. Pave and the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre reserve the right to disqualify any team that violates the rules, regulations or spirit of the initiative.

Venture and Team Eligibility Guidelines

  • Pave supports student created, managed and owned projects.
  • The proposed project must be led by an enrolled ASU student who plays a major role in the conceptualization of the project and has a key management role in the project.
  • All team members must be in good standing and enrolled in at least one three-hour course during the award year (July–June, fall and spring semesters respectively).
  • If the applying team leader graduates during the award year, the team leader must register for the venture incubation course as either a non-degree seeking student or through continuing education.
  • All teams are required to submit formative and summative reports on a predetermined schedule, usually the end of each month during the incubator year.

There is no restriction on team size. However, three to five people per team is suggested. Multi-disciplinary teams are highly encouraged. Preference will be given to project teams that support an interdisciplinary as well as an entrepreneurial approach to the arts.
You are not required to have a School of Film, Dance, and Theatre major on your team. Note, however that only teams that include a School of Film, Dance and Theatre major (BA, BFA, M.A., MFA or Ph.D.) will be eligible to access the school’s equipment and facilities.

Submission Rules and Guidelines
You must submit letter of intent online by 5 p.m. September 4, 2015 via this link. [To access this link, you must be logged in to your ASURite account and may need to log out of any other Google accounts] Your letter of intent must be a 250-500 word description of your arts-based venture that specifically addresses the project goals of advancing creativity and innovation in the arts and how you intend to sustain your enterprise in order to do so. The Pave steering committee will review proposals immediately after the deadline. Finalists will be notified by Sept. 11, 2015, and invited to submit a full proposal due Sept. 21. Finalists must participate in the full proposal workshop Sept. 14, 4:00-5:30.
Full proposals are due Sept. 21, 2015. The proposal must include the following sections:

  • Concept and description, specifically addressing the innovative approaches the project will undertake.
  • Summary of the business strategy (how the enterprise will generate revenue to meet or exceed expenses).
  • Identification of and strategy for developing your audience and/or distributing your product.
  • Creative and support team and qualifications.
  • Budget, including all sources of revenue. Please note that all projects must include a third party (i.e. not personal private) match of money, sponsorship, investment or in-kind contributions and/or earned income. Also include in this section any ASU facilities you propose to use to develop and complete your project.
  • Schedule for project development and completion including measurable milestones and sustainability of project beyond initial funding period.
  • Appendices must include, at minimum, resumes of key team members and supporting letter from an ASU faculty mentor who is not a member of the Pave committee.

Finalists for the incubator program may be asked to meet with the Pave steering committee consisting of faculty and community members prior to a final decision.
Once a general plan has been developed, seek advice from a faculty member who can serve as a mentor in the project's development and execution. A letter of support from a faculty mentor specifically addressing the project and the suitability of the team to complete it is a required part of the final application. Pave steering committee members are also available for pre-proposal mentorship.

Submissions format

  • The front page of your proposal must be the Pave proposal form.
  • Download the application form [doc] and [pdf]
  • Submit the proposal via email by 5 p.m. Sept. 21, 2015, as a pdf attachment to: linda.essig@asu.edu

All proposals submitted on time that meet qualifications will be reviewed. Please do not contact the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre regarding your proposal status. Emails will be sent to team leaders regarding the status of team's advancement to each round.


Download sample grant application

The Pave Program recognizes that entrepreneurial behavior can be learned across and suffused within the traditional arts disciplines. Nevertheless, several courses focus specifically on arts entrepreneurship:

THP 352 Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship
Study of theories, skills, and knowledge foundational to an entrepreneurial approach to art making and art management. Through exercises, readings, projects, and case studies, you will develop greater capacity to support your actualization and self-efficacy as an artist. Taught every semester.

THP 452 Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar
Project-based course in which students learn to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to fruition. Taught annually.

The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship also offers a series of Artist Professional Sustainability Workshops for the general public through ASU’s office of Continuing Education.

Other courses of interest:

ARA 394 Marketing for Artists
How to sustain your practice and support your passion.

ARA 460 Gallery Exhibitions
Practical experience in all phases of department gallery operations and preparation of gallery publications.

DCE 371 Third Year Seminar
Hones skills in collaborative approaches, teaching, leading, and facilitation through partnerships with community organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Dance majors only.

DSC 394 Design Entrepreneurship & Society
Study of mindset and skills necessary to an entrepreneurial approach to designing for public good.

MUP 494 Music Product Creation and Development
Project-based course designed to help students bring their creative ideas to fruition.

THP 351 Arts Management
Management, organizational behavior, and human behavior in the arts; marketing, financing, and budgeting for the arts.

THE 403 Independent Film 
The independent film movement and independent film production.

THP 450 Theatre Organization and Management
Overview of nonprofit arts: organizational design, strategic planning, financial management and leadership.

Arizona State University takes a decentralized approach to entrepreneurship education – entrepreneurship courses, degrees, and certificates can be found in almost every college and school in the university. For information on other curricular offerings, see entrepreneurship.asu.edu

The Pave Program sponsors a series of public talks and a biennial symposium in alternate years. All events are open to the public and many events are free. (See the events page for the most up-to-date scheduling information.)

BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE ARTS

4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts:
Creativity and New Venture Creation in the Arts

May 8-9, 2015 Arizona State University’s 4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration presents a national symposium on creativity and new venture creation in the arts. Participants will explore the processes, outcomes, and impacts of new venture creation in the arts through hands-on workshops, speakers, pitch sessions and research presentations. Framed by an interactive workshop on creativity led by Elizabeth Long-Lingo and anchored by keynote speeches by Ruby Lerner, CEO of Creative Capital, and Steven J. Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the symposium will also include concurrent sessions on theory, practice, and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship, creativity, and new venture creation in the arts.

Download the Symposium schedule of events here.

Register for the 4th biennial symposium.

Publication

The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship publishes The Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit.  Created by local artists, for local artists, the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit is a comprehensive collection of digital tools artists can use to support the business side of their creative practice. The toolkit puts resources, step-by-step instructions, and templates in one place.  The toolkit’s six sections include business planning, budgeting, financing your work, public relations and marketing, legal issues for artists, and public art. It will be available for purchase directly from the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre beginning December 2014.

The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship also publishes Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Co-edited by Pave Director Linda Essig and Dr. Joe Roberts of Webster University, Artivate is the first scholarly journal to focus on the emergent field of arts entrepreneurship. Artivate seeks works of original scholarship in the following areas: entrepreneurship theory as applied to the arts; arts entrepreneurship education; arts management; arts and creative industries; public policy and the arts; the arts in community and economic development; nonprofit leadership; social entrepreneurship in or using the arts; evaluation and assessment in and of the field; public practice in the arts. For more information, see artivate.org.

Research studies and presentations

How It’s Being Done: Arts Business Training Across the U.S. is a project commissioned by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation to inventory the business training available to artists outside of academia to determine both trends and gaps in order to support a healthier infrastructure for artists of all kinds. As part of that research we have also compiled an annotated list of free resources for artists.

You can download the revised report here: How It's Being Done: Arts Business Training across the U.S. 

Download Free Resources for Artists

E-VALUE-ating Arts Incubators is a study of the ways in which arts incubators across the U.S. create value for their various stakeholder communities and how they evaluate their success at creating such value.  Published work out of this study includes “Failure is a Necessary Condition: Goals and Evaluation Metrics of University-Based Arts Venture Incubators” (Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 2014) and “Arts Incubators: A Typology” (Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 2014).  Upon completion of the study in 2016, a framework for the evaluation of arts incubators will be available on this site.

The research and publication activities of the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship are supported by:
The Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
The Women and Philanthropy Program of the ASU Foundation