“We are building entire careers around producing this artistic product, but we so often fail to think about protecting it.” ~ Ben Dietschi
In this guest post, Ben Dietschi (Managing Artistic Director, Spectrum Music) shares his perspective as a participant in last week’s “Legal Fundamentals” workshop presented by Kalogiannides Law. I hope that Ben’s reflection will bring you out to our next workshop on August 6 with NetGain Partners on “Growing from the Bottom Up”!
“If your goal is to make a living from your creative work – or even a lifelong career – then you must give thought to more than just being a creator.” ~ Andreas Kalogiannides
The upcoming professional development workshops are just one facet of BeMused Network’s effort to help the performing arts community connect in real life. Knowledge sharing is an important part of cultivating an independent performing arts career, “and these workshops bring together like-minded artists and domain experts in legal, business, and technology spaces,” says Margaret Lam.
Think to the conversations you might have had at the pub or at a gig – where you might have serendipitously mentioned a problem you were having to just the right person who had a solution. The workshops aim to give serendipity a hand, making connection facilitation an explicit goal. Read on…
Starting up your independent (is there any other?) performing arts career can be incredibly rewarding, but the journey is full of challenges.
A whole host of decisions must be made at every step. Most of these will be business, rather than artistic ones. Each business decision — from hiring a publicist to planning your finances to filing tax documents to distributing your work online — comes with a learning curve. It also comes with a price paid in an artist’s most valuable assets: their energy and time.
As it turns out, there are professionals and domain experts who are passionate about sharing what they know in order to empower artists. We have worked with them to develop workshops that will address the knowledge gap and facilitate actionable change.