Arts Business Institute

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The Arts Business Institute (ABI) was founded as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2002 to serve a crucial, common need in the art- and craft-making communities – practical business education for creative entrepreneurs.

The Arts Business Institute partners with art nonprofits, business development centers and art education organizations across the nation to provide specialized technical assistance and business education for studio artists, craft professionals and creative entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses to a national audience of collectors and galleries.

Workshop Locations

Workshops have been held in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, Vancouver, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia.

ABI’s Unique Strategy

Many artists struggle with the day-to-day tasks involved in running a business. The Arts Business Institute has created seminars that break down the sometimes-overwhelming tasks, such as accounting, production schedules, pricing and cost of sale, into clear manageable processes. ABI distinguishes by offering seminars that are designed to provide creative entrepreneurs with strategies to handle both the complex and mundane left-brained business tasks that many artists avoid.

The American Made Show Winter Workshop

The Arts Business Institute Winter Workshop at the American Made Show is a two-day-long series of seminars tailored specifically to teach artists how to sell more of their work. With seasoned retailers and artists as faculty, guided marketplace tours, and opportunities to have their work reviewed by galleries, the participants gain valuable skills and information needed to develop or expand their businesses. Topics include product development, pricing, how to wholesale, marketing and publicity, and relationships with galleries and retail stores. Artists will have opportunities to ask questions and network with American Made Show staff. The winter workshop is sponsored by the nonprofit Arts Business Institute and the American Made Show.