The Artist Entrepreneur with Eric Lapin

(with midday break)

$100, $85 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Students will meet in the third floor Heinen Design Lab, 533 Eaton Street

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sponsored by Rob L. Delaune Architect PA

Man in suit holding a clarinet in front of a brick wall.


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Class Description

As the marketplace for artistic creation continues to shift and evolve, artists of all disciplines will need a broad set of skills in order to succeed. To be talented is no longer enough. Artists need to understand and unlock the creative process, be able to navigate a changing arts economy, and manage their business. They need to be artist entrepreneurs.

Based on his book, The Artist Entrepreneur: Finding Success in a New Arts Economy, with Dr. Ron McCurdy and Dr. Rick Goodstein, Lapin crafts a session that explores practical skills artists needed for success in the arts economy. This class will discuss the creative process, idea generation, entrepreneurship, managing your business, grant writing, and fundraising.

Every aspect of the workshop will be practical, personalized, and hands-on. This way, participants leave the session with actual outlines, plans, and strategies that they can put into action immediately. These topics can be presented more generally to cover more subjects or more specifically to go into more depth based on the needs and interests of the participants.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Eric J. Lapin is the Artistic Director for the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and a Senior Lecturer of Music in the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University. He teaches courses in arts administration, arts entrepreneurship, applied clarinet, and music history.

Dr. Lapin holds bachelors and masters degrees in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Clemson University. He is also currently pursuing an MBA from Clemson University focusing on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In addition, Lapin has served as a delegate to the Faculty Senate, is a member of the South Carolina Humanities Speaker’s Bureau, is on the board of directors for the Pendleton Historic Foundation, and serves on the City of Clemson Public Arts and Culture Commission.

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