ArtUp Launches Accelerator for Creative Business Owners

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ArtUp Launches Accelerator for
Creative Business Owners

Course series tailored to help creative business owners make art, make a difference, & make money too!

April 24, 2019 – Memphis, TN. ArtUp launches the Accelerator for Creative Business (ACB)  starting May 4 – June 29, 2019. This pilot series will help creative business entrepreneurs overcome barriers to the creative economy so they can successfully scale and grow their businesses. The 8-week course will offer expertise from dynamic industry leaders across the country including experts from the Rutgers Business School Newark Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. Participants can expect to learn robust techniques and strategies necessary to drive profits.

Accelerator for Creative Business classes will be held every Saturday (except Memorial Day weekend) from 2 PM – 4 PM CST. The full 8-week schedule from May 4 – June 29 is crafted to provide creative business owners with the secrets to growth and success through carefully tailored content. Classes include:

  • Strategies, Priorities & Profits
  • Get Smart. Get Legal.
  • Make It Rain: Managing Your Cash & Revenue
  • Marketing Playbook: Online and Offline Strategies
  • Design Thinking around Your Customers
  • Ready. Set. Pitch.
  • Your Wellness, Your Business
  • Marrying Your Purpose & Profits

All classes will be held at ArtUp, located inside the South Main Artspace Lofts at 138 St. Paul Ave. Memphis, TN 38126. Participants outside Memphis are welcome to join virtually.

The main purpose of the Accelerator for Creative Business Series is to teach creative business owners how to make money while they create art of all kinds and make a difference,” said Linda Steele, ArtUp Founder & CEO. “We impact those creative entrepreneurs by expanding their pool of resources and helping them network with other likeminded professionals. At the end of the day, our objective is to encourage development of thriving, successful businesses.

The ArtUp ACB pilot serves creatives from many disciplines, including photographers, graphic designers, fashion designers, chefs, tattoo artists, classical and contemporary musicians, hair stylists, actors, dancers, and more. Creative businesses participating in the Accelerator have typically been operational for 1-3 years. They need support but have not had enough time or capacity to connect with other business owners on their own. That’s where the Accelerator steps in:

  • Right Connections. Connecting creative business owners with the right people
  • Propelling. Teaching specialized content that propels progress
  • Next Level Viability. Creating a safe space for important conversations that provide tools for next level viability, sustainability, and profitability of creative business owners

Incredible Value. The Accelerator for Creative Business pilot series registration fee is $199 for single individuals and $350 for two business partners. A deposit of $50 secures your spot to participate. Payment plans are available.

Interested in a preview of how the Accelerator for Creative Business course can help you as a creative business owner? Participate in a FREE class, Email and Digital Marketing Strategies, on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at 2 p.m. CST. Wangene Hall, Email Marketing Specialist at Beats by Dr. Dre and ArtUp Advisory Council member, will lead the session.



ArtUp breaks down barriers in the creative economy with programs designed to eliminate citywide inequity and lack of inclusion practices. We nurture ideas that drive social change by teaching artists and creative citizens to channel their talents and skills into the creation of sustainable, arts- and culture-based businesses that uplift and empower whole neighborhoods. We launch artists into creative entrepreneurship and support them every step of the way. ArtUp guides and supports our current cohorts and alumni network as they navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. Building sustainable creative businesses and cultivating successful creative entrepreneurs is what we do at ArtUp. Or, as we like to say, that’s how #weartup.

ArtUp is fiscally sponsored by Community L.I.F.T., which is a 501c3 organization formed as a local community development intermediary of Memphis, TN.

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