CHF 2019 Art-Business Accelerator Fellowship
Entry Deadline: 10/2/18
Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 10
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00
The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists (CHF) is a national nonprofit organization that promotes the financial independence of professional working artists by providing them with targeted business training, entrepreneurial learning, community building, and one-on-one support. CHF achieves this mission through: a virtual Art-Business Accelerator program (a business education that’s specifically designed for visual artists); a self-directed digital learning portal; live, in-person educational events in local communities; and a federation of artist-formed and artist-led networks of opportunity.
A total of 20 Fellows will be awarded admission to CHF’s 2019 virtual Art-Business Accelerator, an intensive online program that offers artists customized business training, network-building opportunities, publicity, and one-on-one support to boost their careers and make their art practices self-sustaining. At the end of year one, each Fellow will have established a viable business objective and developed an investment-grade business plan for an entrepreneurial project that furthers their objective. A select group of 2019 Fellows may be chosen to continue on to a second year of the program, during which time they will work directly with the Accelerator team to hone their skills, ensure accountability, and capitalize the proposed projects they develop in year one.
Artwork submitted by Fellowship applicants may be featured in CHF’s 2019 online Accelerator art catalogue.
With this groundbreaking program, currently in its fifth year, CHF is filling a vacuum that exists in the art industry. Art schools rarely teach business skills, but these are essential if visual artists are to seize lucrative opportunities in a timely manner, and navigate an industry rife with predatory middlemen.
Visual artists are fully capable of achieving these goals, but they just need access to the right resources and skills. CHF’s comprehensive virtual Art-Business Accelerator provides all this and more. Through the program’s monthly workshops, interactive labs, and required assignments (all of which are done remotely), participants obtain practical training that’s actionable in the real world.
They learn how to develop a business strategy, hone their brand narrative, be proactive about marketing, find buyers for their art, negotiate contracts, handle copyrights, communicate more effectively, and manage their finances and taxes. Every session is led by a subject-matter expert, and labs include extensive time for Q&A, allowing the Fellows to get feedback on their specific business questions and hear each other’s perspectives.
Fellows also receive free all-inclusive access to CHF’s comprehensive digital learning portal, which delivers business education to artists in formats they already consume—learning videos and tools, expert columns, Q&As with leading figures in the art world, and podcasts that are distributed through iTunes and other syndicated networks.
Although the educational components form the core of the Art-Business Accelerator, participants also gain publicity and sales support for their work—through CHF’s Thriving Artist™ podcast, social-media accounts, press outreach, online art catalogue and group shows, and other channels.
Even more importantly, they build a powerful network of allies via their peers in the program. Being a visual artist is often a solitary pursuit, but CHF Accelerator Fellows communicate with each other directly on an ongoing basis through workshop and labs, a closed Facebook group for current and past Fellows, and other one-on-one and small-group interactions.
CHF’s 2019 Art-Business Accelerator Fellows receive:
CHF will accept applications for its Art-Business Accelerator Fellowships from September 1st through September 30th, 2018. The 20 selected Fellows will be named in November 2018, and the program will begin in January 2019.
To be considered for a CHF Art-Business Accelerator Fellowship, applicants must be professional painters, artists working on paper, and/or sculptors who:
CHF does not give preference to any particular movement, style, or art-world trend; all painters, sculptors, and artists working on paper are eligible.
[The program is delivered via remote technology, so Fellows must have either a laptop or desktop computer.]
CHF will choose 20 Art-Business Accelerator Fellows based on:
CHF partners with CallforEntry.org (CaFÉ) to manage the application process. Artists must register with CaFÉ to view and complete our application.
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TIP: If you are going to step away from your computer or work on the application for any length of time, please remember to save your application at regular intervals. We suggest saving your data at least every 10 minutes. Until you click on the “Save Application” button on the page, your work in not saved to the server. Once you click on "Save Application,” it is saved.
Fellows will receive an agreement letter explaining the terms and conditions of the program, which include:
This agreement must be signed, and all participation and reporting requirements must be completed, before a participant is considered to have successfully completed CHF’s Art-Business Accelerator.
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