Business Acumen for Artists - An Online Learning Log

I am programme directing the Business Acumen for Artists thirteen week process as part of UCT Graduate School's Corporate Social Investment. I have created this blog as a space to share ideas around the learning that comes out of this journey - insights for business and creatives. We kick off tomorrow night with Robert Poynton of On your Feet fame . We have brought him to South Africa to run the process underpinning the Executive Leadership Programme  at UCT GSB and he kindly volunteered to run the first process on the programme. The course is part of our voluntary involvement with the Observatory Community centre and all the monies will go to renovating the Victorian house that the centre operates in.

We have had to close the applications because of the phenomenal reponse we got from the market; helped largely by the blogging efforts of Max Kaizen and Dave Duarte (tx*). So the profile of the delegates (26 in total) is an extraordinary cross section

MusicianSingerFine artist/freelance illustratorTheatre makerVisual artistGraphic artistMultimediaArtistCeramic artistJewellery, T-shirt designRadio, production companyTheatre directorJewellerProducing diary of performing artsCeramicistFilmmakerArtistGraphic designerVisual artistDrama teacher and painterClothing designerFine artistMusicianGlass & toy making

I have also included a breakdown of the timetable to give you a sense of what we are trying to achieve with this. You are welcome to use any concepts or ideas that come out of this learning - my request is just that you share back the findings that you have. My hope is that this space will be a geminating ground for much discovery and joy. Here's to the celebration of one of the most important mash-ups - Business and Art!

SESSION

SUBJECT FACILITATOR
ONE – MON 20 AUGUST IMPROVISATIONAL LEADERSHIP ROBERT POYNTON –

SPAIN
TWO – MON 27 AUGUST CONCEPTUALISING AND CONCRETISING YOUR PROJECT LIZ DE WET & ELAINE RUMBOLL – UCT GSB
THREE – MON 3 SEPT. MAKING THE BUSINESS CASE ELSPETH DONOVAN – UCT GSB
FOUR – MON 10 SEPT BRANDING YOURSELF – NETWORKING AND ADAPTING, CREATING & ACCESSING A MARKET ELSKE

HENDERSON
FIVE – MON 17 SEPTEMBER PR SKILLSONLINE WEB SKILLS JANE NOTTEN – ROTHKO

DAVID

DUARTE – HUDDLEMIND
SIX – TUES 25 SEPTEMBER LEGAL RIGHTS AND COPYLEFT

ANDRE RENS -SHUTTLEWORTH FOUNDATION

SEVEN – MON 1 OCTOBER STORYTELLING AROUND PRICING YOUR PRODUCT TBC
EIGHT – MON 8 OCTOBER NEGOTIATION SKILLS, PITCHING IDEAS AND CLOSING DEALS ELAINE RUMBOLL – UCT GSB
NINE – MON 15 OCTOBER PROJECT MGT DENNIS COMNINOS – UCT GSB
TEN – MON 22 OCTOBER ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS PAUL ABRAMS - LIGHTWORK
ELEVEN – MON 29 OCTOBER INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL AND ENTREPRENEURIAL FINANCE & TAX FOR FREELANCER ARTISTS JANINE BLIGNAUT, UCT GSB
TWELVE - MON 5 NOVEMBER CASHFLOW AND BUDGETTING CONSIDERATIONS JANINE BLIGNAUT, UCT GSB
THIRTEEN – MON 12 NOVEMBER EXECUTING THE BUSINESS CASE ELSPETH DONOVAN – UCT GSB