THE CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT
helping artists increase their independence through entrepreneurship
Obtaining financial stability in NYC is challenging for many New Yorkers but it is especially hard for artists, because many of them face roadblocks, such as a lack of job security, episodic income and often times have to work multiple jobs outside of their primary disciplines (i.e. acting, dancing, singing) to survive. Because artists provide NYC with such life, value and culture, we believe that we have a responsibility to support them to ensure that they have the means to stay and thrive in the city that we love, NYC. Entrepreneurship is one pathway to help artists continue to create and thrive in NYC.
Progress Playbook teamed up with The Actors Fund, with financial support from the Ford Foundation, and Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids to design the Creative Entrepreneur Project. The program equips performing artists and entertainment professionals with the skills and resources needed to successfully navigate the entrepreneurial journey and increase their income and independence. The program consists of three 4-week intensive business courses, 10 professional development workshops, monthly support groups, individual coaching sessions and resources to help artists create businesses.
To date, 100 performing artists and entertainment professionals are a part of the Creative Entrepreneurship Project.
The Creative Entrepreneurship Project has been expanded to Los Angels, California.
To date, over 40 artists in the Creative Entrepreneurship Project have started businesses and have increased their income.
The Creative Entrepreneurship Project is offered 2x a year in both NYC and Los Angels.
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