Artscape Launchpad equips creators with the tools, training, resources, mentorship, and connections needed to build sustainable businesses, including assistance with connecting to the marketplace. Success in the creative economy depends on other people. Our programs help creators build out the business side of their practice while developing the relationships they’ll need to succeed.
Our Philosophy and Objectives
Our programs are built on the idea that success comes by working and collaborating with others. The better able entrepreneurs are to work across boundaries, the more opportunities for cultural, community and commercial impact there are.
Our programs are the result of eight years of research and development and have benefitted from the input and involvement of over 100 partners.
Our participants reflect the cultural and disciplinary diversity of the creative sector. Our community is exploring new business models at the intersection of art, community, technology, and design.
What our programs offer you
Launchpad programs are aimed at helping creative entrepreneurs to succeed, but also supporting the arts to thrive in our communities more broadly. Launchpad programs support creators to approach learning, collaboration and entrepreneurship with generosity. Rather than working within traditional entrepreneurship models rooted in individual success and competition, Launchpad unlocks what is possible when creatives work together.
Launchpad’s Signature Programs are 40-hour deep dives that ask creators to confront hard questions about the business side of their creative practice, identify allies that will move things forward, and practice new ways of organizing to get things done in a fast-moving and constantly-changing sector.
Creative Entrepreneurship Program ($575)
Our flagship 5-day program gives you the time and resources to explore the business side of your creative work. The creative sector is constantly changing and business as usual may not be good enough. Funding, copyright, business models, community engagement, branding, technology, and emerging markets and audiences are all central concerns of creators across disciplines and organizational forms.
Creative Business Design Workshops
These one-day sessions focus on key elements of a viable business model. CBDs are designed to meet the unique needs of artists and designers. You’ll learn core concepts of testing ideas, assessing opportunities and processes for implementation. Group discussion and break-out sessions make for a hands-on, practical learning experience.
Launch: Turning Your Creative Practice into a Creative Business ($90)
This workshop will help you figure out the next step in getting your creative business ideas off the ground. No sterile business lectures, no suits, no 50-page business plans -- just a bunch of creative people ready to take creative entrepreneurship seriously.
Hustle: Diverse Revenue Streams for the Creative Business ($90)
This workshop will help you understand the revenue possibilities for your creative practice, develop a strategy for attracting resources and try out different approaches to communicating the value of what you do.
Grow: Leadership and Scale for the Creative Business ($90)
This workshop will help you turn a solo or small creative enterprise into something bigger. You will develop a strategy for growth and approaches to make short-term decisions that set you up for long-term success. Making the right choices now can ease the transition from a personal project to a sustainable enterprise.
Purpose: Organizing, Activism and the Creative Business ($90)
This workshop will help you understand the opportunities for cultural and creative organizations that are also supporting environmental, community or social objectives. Building the right partnerships and accessing the right resources can be the difference between struggle and success.
Creative Entrepreneurship for New Canadians ($400)
This 40-hour program is designed for new Canadians looking to turn a creative practice into a way of making money and impact in Canada.
Hunt + Gather / Creative Entrepreneurship for Youth (18 - 25) ($400)
The stories we tell about careers are increasingly distant from reality. Rather than moving through a series of jobs, young creators must assemble a career out of projects, roles, and professional development.
Fast Learn Weekend ($400)
A Fast Learn Weekend will take you through the full Creative Entrepreneurship learning cycle so that you can build out the business side of your ideas or renew your existing business to respond to industry changes. The pace is fast and the expectation is that you will be ready to get your hands dirty and share openly with your fellow participants.
These 2 to 3-hour sessions are timely and inspiring deep dives into specific topics related to creative work and the issues and challenges facing creators. There are no generic sessions on topics you could just look up on YouTube. We let the top innovators share their passion in a variety of formats and locations. Whether it’s a top brand strategist from New York offering a highly-interactive session on ideas and where they come from or the managing director of ‘unlearning’ programs for social enterprises bringing their experience to the creative field, you will be surprised and inspired about what comes next.