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Conference Helps Artists: Prevail in the Business World

Published: February 27, 2008
 Artists and other creative professionals can learn how to pursue their artistic passions and still make a living by attending the second annual Self Employment in the Arts conference at The University of Tampa on Saturday, April 12.

This unique, artist-led conference, titled “Helping Artists Prevail in the Business World,” will present entrepreneurial strategies and resources for student artists and emerging artists to become self-supporting and successful in their various careers.

Artists will have the opportunity to network with other artists, as well as experts in fields that impact today’s world of performing arts. Last year 170 individuals attended the inaugural conference.

The conference will open on Saturday, April 12 at 9 a.m. with an all-conference session by Malcolm A. Teasdale, who leads the creative force and is the marketing expert behind Teasdale Worldwide, a strategic marketing company. Teasdale’s talk is titled “Succeeding on Your Terms.” Other keynotes will be given by freelance artists Christopher Still, Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, and by Brent C.J. Britton, an attorney with the law firm Squires Sanders & Dempsey.

Conference workshops that follow include topics such as marketing, legal issues, auditioning and finding freelance niches. Session speakers include attorneys, entrepreneurs, business owners, successful performance artists, acting coaches, editors and professors.

Dr. Dianne Welsh, UT professor of management and founder and chair of the southern regional conference, said The University of Tampa recognizes the importance of the artistic community in economic growth, quality of life, and our ability to keep our momentum as a community growing.

“Our mission is to grow businesses, and artists are vital to that mission,” Welsh said.

To register or for more information, visit or contact Angie Ballard at (813) 257-3782.

The early registration deadline is Wednesday, March 26.

The conference is sponsored by The University of Tampa Florida Entrepreneur and Family Business Center, Teasdale Worldwide,, The Coleman Foundation, Global Arts Movement and Education, Sweetbay, Squires, Sanders and Dempsey L.L.P., North Central College and The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation.