June 16-18, 2010 McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon
Registration is open now for the second Summit of Awesome, a three-day series of workshops plus a craft sale, organized by and for indie artists who are forming and expanding their arts businesses. Organizers say: "Our super awesome speaker line-up and class schedule will be online soon." Seminar topics include preparing your taxes, forming LLC’s, sponsorship for craft fairs and developing successful product lines . . . just to name a few. The first Summit was held last year in Washington, D.C. Now through April 20, a three-day early-bird pass to the summit is $150 (after April 20, the three-day pass will go up to its regular price of $180).
April 17, 2010 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Millersville University, Millersville, Pa.
Blogger and artist Megan Auman, founder of Crafting an MBA, will be the speaker. She recently has produced an e-book: The Crafting an MBA Guide to Wholesale and Trade Shows. Topics will include developing your products and brand, pricing your work, managing your finances, copyright and more. Fee: $40 non-members, $36 guild members.
The Visiting Artist Program
Buyers Market of American Craft
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
Monday, August 23, 2010 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
What do you need to prepare yourself to sell your products wholesale to galleries, museum stores and retail shops? Start with some "insider information." The Visiting Artist Program at the Buyers Market of American Craft wholesale tradeshow takes you behind the scenes. Meet show organizers, veteran makers and exhibitors and veteran retailers. Tour the tradeshow floor. Learn basics about product development, marketing, pricing for wholesale, relationships with galleries, and more. Bring your portfolio and products for critiques. Sponsored by the nonprofit Arts Business Institute. Class schedule, faculty and fees will be announced in late April, when registration opens at www.BuyersMarketofAmericanCraft.com.