This Friday’s Workshop @ Mmmmaven: Business Basics for DJs and Music Makers

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Mastering your creative endeavor is a challenge, but you enjoy it. Its your art: it inspires and satisfies you. But if you want to make a living, or generate income, you need to be more than just an expert in your craft. It’s worth every penny.

Alex Maniatis- Co-Founder of Mmmmaven & Managing Director of Together Boston and Joe Grafton – Chief Operating Officer of Together Boston will teach you key skills to understand the basics of business and improve your financial performance as an artist. You’ll learn how others have succeeded in the music and creative industires, how to read and create financial statements, how to know when its OK to do something for free and when you’d be better off doing something else and much more. Get tickets to reserve your spot today.

You’ll also have the opportunity to network with fellow classmates with a reception at the end of the course.

Students attending this 2.5 hour seminar and networking session will learn to:
– Develop a plan for your creative endeavors
– Develop and understand budgets and financial reports for your work
– Analyze different scenarios for what to work on and how that your financial return
– Set goals and measure results
– Develop a plan to achieve your desired outcomes, be that transitioning to full time or simply funding the work you want to create
– Students will also leave with a template spreadsheet file to use in their implementation of the learning outcomes

Get your tickets here.

Course Outline:

7:00 – Introductions and welcome
7:15 – Alex story about ‘making it’ in the creative fields
7:30 – Case Studies & Scenario Analysis
8:00 – Budgets 101
9:00 – Developing a plan and setting goals
9:30 – Networking event / Q&A with Instructors
10:30 – End

About Alex
Alex is the Co-Founder of Mmmmaven and the Managing Director of Together Boston. His passion for music and culture has lead him to play a key role in some of Boston’s most interesting innovations in music, art and technology.

About Joe
Joe is a small business and entrepreneurship expert. He is a Partnner and Director of Business Education at The Delta Foodservice Group, a full service consulting firm. He’s also the Founder of Somerville Local First, a member of the speakers bureau at the American Independent Business Alliance, where he speaks across the nation on topics related to the growth, development and success of small businesses. Joe also has been involved in Together Boston Festival since it’s inception and currently acts as Chief Operating Officer for the festival.

In his time with Together Boston, Joe has lead the business and financial modeling and execution which has lead to the growth and profitability of the festival, without the benefit of investment dollars: a feat unheard of in the industry.

General Admission: $30
Mmmmaven Current Student/Alumni: $25

Watch Joe at his Ted Talk on Communeconomy:

Interested in taking DJ and/or Music Production lessons? Contact Sarah Hoffman at sarah@mmmaven.com for upcoming class availability.

The Business of Art: Finance for Creative Professionals

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Mastering your creative endeavor is a challenge, but you enjoy it.  Its your art: it inspires and satisfies you. But if you want to make a living, or generate income, from it, you need to be more than just an expert in your craft.

At this seminar, Joe Grafton – Chief Operating Officer of the Together Boston, will teach you key skills to help you plan, measure and improve your financial performance as an artist.  You’ll learn how to set and measure goals, how to know when its OK to do something for free and when you’d be better off doing something else.

You’ll also have the opportunity to network with fellow classmates, Joe and leading experts from the music, arts and fashion world like Alex Maniatis and Liana Krupp.

About Joe:
jg (1)Joe is a small business and entrepreneurship expert.  Joe has been involved in Together Boston since it’s inception and currently acts as Chief Operating Officer.  In his time with Together, Joe has helped develop the business model and organization, which has lead to the growth and profitability of the festival without the benefit of investment dollars: a feat unheard of in the industry. Joe is also the Founder of Somerville Local First and is the current Director of Development and Community Engagement at the American Independent Business Alliance, where he speaks across the nation on topics related to the growth, development and success of small businesses.

 

Watch Joe on TEDx Somerville: