Amy Rogers is the Director of the Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) program which is housed at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. SEA was created with the idea that more artists will be able to achieve their creative and entrepreneurial dreams if they have business skills, knowledge, resources, and contacts. SEA focuses on the business of art, supporting aspiring artists as they work to establish and maintain their careers, and helping creative college students, serious high school students, educators, and others turn their passion into a living. Take a look at the SEA website, chock-full of articles and resources–you’re guaranteed to learn something new!
One of SEA’s specialties is offering exciting conferences to connect students and other aspiring creatives with working artists, educators, and arts-business professionals. Interactive panels provide practical lessons about structuring a career, legal issues, marketing, accounting and much more. The organization’s most recent conference included sessions on indie publishing, bidding on projects, dance, financial management, networking, music-making, grant-writing, pricing…the list goes on and on! Check out the schedule here. For the last ten years, Amy has overseen these annual conferences, in addition to implementing regional events and workshops throughout the country and assisting in the creation and maintenance of a resource website for artists. Amy holds a B.A. in Marketing from North Central College. She also has experience as an entrepreneur in both the for- and non-profit sectors, and in her spare time she loves to play her French horn and coach youth baseball.
I can’t wait to chat with Amy on Solo Pro Radio on Wednesday, January 30th. Listen in and learn about some of SEA’s wonderful success stories by visiting the the Solo Pro Radio Facebook page at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST. You can also listen to past radio shows and subscribe on iTunes by visiting the Solo Pro Radio website!