FREE Massachusetts Artists Leadership & Entrepreneurship Conference 2008
Saturday, November 8th, 9:30am to 4:30pm & Sunday, November 9th, 1:00 to 4:30pm
PDF Flyer for the Conference
It was held at the
Boston Public Library (Rabb Lecture Hall)-700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Directions to the Boston Public Library
The Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC), the Artists Foundation and the Art Department & the Lillian Immig Gallery of Emmanuel College, were pleased to present the Massachusetts Artists Leadership + Entrepreneurship Conference, on November 8 & 9 at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. It was a free conference for Massachusetts artists working in all disciplines (visual, literary, performing, etc.). Over 100 artists attended the event.
The conference included a series of panels, breakout sessions, and networking sessions to provide artists of various disciplines with valuable tools and resources including advocacy, entrepreneurship, and health care. We would like to thank all the panelists who donated their time to serve on the panels, all who helped get the word out, and the Boston Public Library and its staff.
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Bios of Panelists & Special Guests
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8TH 9:30AM TO 4:30PM
9:30-10:00am- Register & Mingle
10:00am Welcome Remarks by Laura Pattison, Kirstein Business Library
10:15am "State of the Artists" brief remarks by Kathleen Bitetti, Artists Foundation, MALC, & Emmanuel College
10:30am- 11:20am-Panel Discussion:
Meet the Artists Unions and other Artists Run Advocacy Organizations.
Panelists: Charles Coe, Poet, Writer, & CoChair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union; John Grimes, Musician and Vice President of the Boston Musician's Association/American Federation of Musicians Local 9-535; Doug Bowen Flynn- President of the Screen Actors Guild, Paul Horn, Performer and President of the New England Chapter of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists); Ken Dubrowski, Illustrator and Director of Operations for the Illustrators Partnership of America; Ja-Nať Duane, Opera Singer & Co-Founder of Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC); and Tony Toledo, Storyteller and member of LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling). --Moderator: Kathleen Bitetti, Artist & Executive Director of the Artists Foundation
Breakout Sessions 11:30am-12:20pm
Breakout Session #1 Artists Leadership & Advocacy Special Guests: Several Panelists from the "Meet the Artists Unions and Artists Run Advocacy Organizations" panel
Breakout Session #2 Resources - Grants, sponsorships, in-kind support, and other resources. Special Guest: artist Kelly Bennett of the Massachusetts Cultural Council/Artists Programs Department. ----PDF Handouts for this panel: Kirstein Business Library Handout#1 -- Grant info & MCC Handout#2
Breakout Session #3 Getting yourself and your work out there! Marketing, self promoting, and other non traditional methods. Special Guest- Mary Bucci McCoy, artist, arts writer, and owner of Big Picture Communications. PDF Handout for this panel: Web Resources Handout
12:30- 1:45pm Lunch and Networking- "Lunch on your Own"
List of Restaurants near BPL
Note: Kathleen Bitetti will facilitate an informational lunch discussion on the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law & its Requirements during this time frame.
Free and low cost Technology tools for artists of all disciplines and for artists run businesses/projects by artist Ean White (Artists Foundation Advisory Board Member).
3-4:00pm Panel Discussion:
How to Be an Artists Entrepreneur
Panelists: Laura Pattison, Economic Development Librarian, Kirstein Business Library; Michael Dimino, Senior Business Advisor, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) at UMASS Boston; Brian K. Price, Clinical Professor of Law and Director WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School; Rachel Klein, Artists Manager, Ralph Jaccodine Management; and Ana Hammock, NE Program Director, ACCION USA ---Moderator: Liora Beer, Artist & Business Manager, City of Boston, Office of Business Development
PDF Handouts for this panel: Kirstein Business Library Handout#1 -- MSBDC Info Flyer Handout #2-- MSBDC Workshop Schedule Handout #3 -- Art Law Services Handout #3 -- Legal Services Brochure Handout #4
4:00-4:30 Networking Tips & Meet the other artists attending the Conference -facilitated by Ja-Nať Duane
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9TH 1:00 TO 4:30PM
1-1:30pm Register & Mingle
Meet the Accountants- key accounting, booking keeping and tax tips for individual artists and artists run businesses/organizations.
Panelists: Michael Baker, Estate Planning/Financial Planning Attorney; Eva Boyce, Chief Financial Officer of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD);and Peter Riley of Riley & Associates and author of www.artstaxinfo.com; --Moderator: Kathleen Bitetti, Artist & Executive Director of the Artists Foundation
PDF Handouts for this panel: How to find a CPA Handout #1-- Artist Tax Seminar Handout #2
Breakout Sessions 2:30am-3:20pm
Breakout Session #1 Artists Residencies- How to find them and attend them. Special Guest: artist Mary Sherman founder of TransCultural Exchange
Breakout Session #2 Resources - Grants, sponsorships, in-kind support, and other resources. Special Guest: Kathryn Ostermeir, Program Officer, LEF Foundation & Board Member of the Somerville Arts Council. PDF Handouts for this panel: Kirstein Business Library Handout#1 -- Grant info & MCC Handout#2
Breakout Session #3 Getting yourself and your work out there! Marketing, self promoting, and other non traditional methods. Special Guests: Beth Dunn, Writer and Former Director of Communications and Technology, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod; and Mary Bucci McCoy, artist, arts writer, and owner of Big Picture Communications. PDF Handouts for this panel: Web Resources Handout#1 -- Social Media Artists Handout#2
3:30- 4:30pm-Panel Discussion:
Know Your Rights!
Panelists: Jocelyn B. Jones, Deputy Chief, Fair Labor Division Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley; Kathy Ann Hart, writer, photographer, and the Artists Foundation's Legal Counsel; Sheri Mason, Writer & Legal Services Director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts/Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston; and Don Schaefer, Photographer and Co-founder of Pro-Imaging.org ---Moderator: Kathleen Bitetti, Artist & Executive Director of the Artists Foundation
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