Friday, April 11, 2008

Career skills teleseminars for artists

CARFAC Ontario / Career skills teleseminars for artists / Province of Ontario

CARFAC Ontario is launching a pilot project focusing on the professional development needs of artists outside major urban areas. These practical workshops will cover important subjects that artists need to understand to manage the business side of their careers. Workshops topics include: legal issues; marketing and promotion; writing grant applications; and financial management. Participants will learn about the business of managing their careers as self-employed artists. The seminars are appropriate for artists at all stages of their careers.

All workshops will be offered as teleseminars in order to reach artists in a range of regions around the province at the same time. Upon registration, you will be provided with a toll-free telephone number and a password to access the workshop. You can dial in from any location, and the only equipment you require is a telephone (land line preferred). Supplementary materials such as textbooks and handouts will be provided prior to the workshop. Teleseminars are made possible through the generous support of Torys LLP, a Toronto-based international law firm.

Legal Information for Artists
Instructors: Eric Boehm and Susan Kushneryk, Torys LLP
Dates: Tuesdays, April 1 and 8, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Course Overview: Many artists find the legal aspects of managing their art careers to be complicated and confusing. This course will educate you on the benefits of using contracts in your professional dealings; definitions of common legal words; legal words to avoid; an overview of artistic copyright; and tips for negotiating agreements that protect your interests. You will also learn about ways to enforce and protect your legal rights should you encounter problems, such as small claims court.

Marketing for Visual Artists
Instructor: Lesley Phimister
Dates: Tuesdays, April 15, 22 and 29, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Course Overview: This course takes a positive approach to the marketing of art and assumes that artists posses many skills and attributes required for promoting a successful art business. Emerging artists looking to start marketing their work or established artists looking for new tips and tools will find this course useful. Course readings, group discussions and homework assignments will be used to compliment the topics listed below.

Grant Writing for Visual Artists
Instructor: Barbara Gilbert
Dates: Tuesdays, May 13, 20 and 27, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Course Overview: In the first session, a representative from the OAC (to be confirmed) will provide information on the granting process in general; the jury process; helpful hints; and answer questions. In the remaining sessions, Ms. Gilbert will discuss information such as: effective writing and editing skills; application requirements; the importance of quality documentation; and common mistakes. Opportunities to share an in-progress application with the class will allow for constructive criticism.

Financial Management for Visual Artists
Instructor: Brian Borts
Dates: Tuesdays, September 9, 16 and 23, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Course overview: In this course you will learn: simple record keeping techniques, how to create a budget and cash flow systems, how to apply for PST and GST numbers, art donation particulars, inventory tracking, what are and are not eligible business expenses, basics of taxation. This course is designed for artists who want to be more in control of the business side of managing their art careers. If you do your own taxes, have someone else do your taxes, donate art work to charities, write off business expenses and have a PST or GST number or want to apply for one, then this course is a must.

Please Note:
Course materials will need to be provided for participants prior to the first night of class. All books will be mailed prior to the beginning of class, so please make sure to register with enough time to receive your textbook in the mail. The required text Information for Artists is included in the price of the course, if you already own Information for Artists, please call 1-877-890-8850 to register. Handouts will be distributed by email. If you are unable to receive email attachments, please indicate this at the time of registration, so that handouts can be mailed by Canada Post. CARFAC Ontario cannot assume responsibility if you do not provide enough time to receive your materials through the post.

CARFAC Ontario reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. Refunds will be issued in the event of cancellations. To receive the member rate, your CARFAC Ontario membership must be valid at the time of payment. Payment for workshops must be received at time of booking. Registrations cancelled without a minimum of 48 hours notice will incur an administrative cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the first class in any one series.

Cost: CARFAC Ontario Members: $120, Non Members: $150. Save by registering in multiple workshops. Call us toll-free at 1-877-890-8850 to register or for further information.

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Instructor biographies, further details and online registration available at

Further Information:
Sara Kelly, Associate Director
CARFAC Ontario
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 440, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Toll free: 1-877-890-8850
Fax: 416-340-7653
[email protected]


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