Local Resources

ABTech Small Business Center
The Small Business Center (SBC) at the Business Acceleration Site in Enka (BASE) is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network (SBCN), a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship, small business, and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises.

Asheville Creative League
The Asheville Creative League is an online marketplace that connects local clients with local creative professionals. Provides increased opportunity to Asheville’s creative professionals by encouraging local businesses to hire local talent. Membership is free.

Asheville Grown
Independent local business owner’s network. Asheville Grown Business Alliance is a grassroots organization whose mission is to support independently owned businesses in the community.

Asheville SCORE
Asheville SCORE provides FREE business consulting services to entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals that want to start a company or expand an existing business in Asheville, Boone or anywhere else in Western North Carolina.

Creative Collective Asheville
Professional Services Directory and network for local digital media artists and designers. Promotion, education and collaboration opportunities.

MAP – The Media Arts Project
Professional Services Directory for digital media artists and designers, grants, events. The Media Arts Project cultivates innovative arts & technology in western North Carolina. The MAP provides exhibition programming, professional development, outreach, and education.

Mojo Coworking
Ideas move quickly. It takes real Mojo to keep up with and leverage the opportunities of our time. Mojo Coworking is an open workspace designed to allow smart, creative, entrepreneurial people a place to connect and collaborate in a professional office.

Mountain Bizworks
Provides loans and peer-to-peer business coaching to local businesses that may find it difficult to secure funding from banks and other traditional sources.

NC Arts Council Artist Opportunities
The NC Arts Council shares current up to date local artist job opportunities.

Venture Asheville
High-growth entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Their work centers on catalyzing Asheville’s high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs with startup funding.

WHO Knows Art – Wendy H. Outlan
Art Business Consultant helping artists, galleries and arts organizations with the business side of art. Offers consultations, workshops, juror services, project management and more.


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Arts North Carolina Newsletter
Keep updated via Arts North Carolina for statewide education and employment opportunities.

River’s Edge Studio & 310 Art Newsletter
Sign up for River’s Edge Studio & 310 Art Newsletter to keep up with local arts classes and events.


New York Foundation for the Arts – Business of Art
An online resource library, this website features articles, podcasts, and links to further resources for each topic ranging from careers to technology, as well as an interview series with a variety of artists.

Side Street Projects Business Practices Podcasts
A best practices podcast featuring three distinct series: What do curators want?; Shop Talk; and Social: How does socially engaged art happen in Los Angeles.

The Actors Fund Podcast Series
A podcast series featuring a variety of facets of the business of the arts, their series covers topics such as applying for a job and financial wellness.

Church Art Galleries

Church Street Gallery
Central United Methodist Church
27 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Contact: Hugh Meyer

The Gallery at First Presbyterian
First Presbyterian Church
40 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Contact: Carol Vruwink

The Gallery at Haw Creek Commons
Bethesda United Methodist Church
311 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28805
Contact: Katey Rudd, 203-212-7985

Grace Centre Gallery
Grace Mills River
495 Cardinal Rd., Mills River, NC 28759
Contact: Molly Angel, 828-209-2006

The Oak Street Gallery
First Congregational United Church of Christ
20 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Contact: Carol Duin, 828-337-5228

St. James Episcopal Church
424 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Contact: Melissa Briggs

Asstd. Tools & Resources

Alliance of Artists Communities Residency Tips
A series of tips for selecting the right residency for your creative practice, how to apply, monetary concerns, and other issues surrounding residencies.

Artist Trust Resources
A large list of articles and links to other resources organized by topic, including insurance, finances, and funding.

Artists U – Making Your Life as an Artist
A free download of Andrew Simonet’s book, Making Your Life as an Artist, which includes chapters focusing on planning, mission, money and time.

Arts Incubator of the Rockies Knowledge Center
A searchable trove of videos, articles, podcasts, and other resources for artists that vary widely in topic; this collection also allows users to submit their favorite resources to add to the list.

Avvo – The Artist’s Guide to Starting a Business
A quick guide to the basics of business registration and protecting your work.

Chicago Artist Resource
Articles, stories from artists, and links to other resources organized by topic.

Fractured Atlas – Fractured U
Articles, essays, and annotated links to outside articles, videos and other resources written and collected by Fractured Atlas staff. Organized into major topics, they cover big ideas, entrepreneurship, fundraising, legal issues, and more.

National Arts Marketing Project Tools and Resources
A project of Americans for the Arts, NAMP has a tools and resources page with links to their favorite e-books, articles, news stories, videos and practical lessons, all related to marketing the arts.

Self Employment in the Arts Resources
These resources focusing on the business side of artist practice include an eBook (free for SEA members, $4.99 for everyone else), a monthly newsletter, an article database, a video reel, and links to resources from a variety of other places.


Artists U Blog
A blog series that covers topics that include grant applications and innovation in the business side of creative practice.

Ask Harriete
A blog by visual artist Harriete Estel Berman: a series of “professional guidelines for the arts community to promote understanding, checklists, and practical solutions for recurring issues in the art and craft community.”

Creative Capital – The Lab
Creative Capital’s blog, featuring posts on upcoming workshops, a series called “Five Questions,” which asks professional artists five questions about the business side of their creative practice, and information and tools for a range of creative business topics.

Professional Artist
The website of this low-cost magazine includes freely available blog postings and articles on business topics that are arts specific, ranging from retirement planning, to museum submission, to insurance.

Self Employment in the Arts Blog
A blog series with archived posts on topics covering definitions of success, to social media tips, to statistics.

Videos & Webinars

Americans for the Arts Webinars
A series of live webinars, free to Americans for the Arts members and for a small cost to non-members, which are later archived and can be watched at any time. Upcoming webinars include: branding, cultural districts, social justice, employee engagement, and many more. Archived webinars include: corporate social responsibility, creative placemaking, public art, engaging audiences, and many more.

Art & Business Council of Greater Boston Webinars
Webinars organized into six areas: Artpreneur Bootcamp, The Business of Public Art, The Musician’s Professional Toolbox, Business on Board, Investing in the Creative Workforce, and Estate and Legacy Planning for Artists.

Arts Council of New Orleans Webinars
A free, on demand webinar series (pre-recorded) that features a diverse range of topics such as the Visual Artists Rights Act, branding, touring, licensing music, and more.

C4 Atlanta Business Resources for Artists
A short series of videos that help guide the artist or new arts organization in setting a course: covers mission statement, vision statement, competitive advantage, and situation analysis with the promise of more coming.

Career Transition for Dancers Video Career Conversations
Videos, both downloadable and streamable, that are recordings of panel discussions covering topics from starting a business to money management. The live seminars are free and open for dancers to attend (filmed in New York).

Chamber Music America First Tuesdays Video Library
A new video is posted the first Tuesday of each month; these are recordings of live events and cover a wide range of topics regarding the business of a chamber music career. While many of the topics are specific to chamber music artists, there are several that are applicable to all artists (including a time management video from Aaron Landsman, a tax seminar, licensing issues, and grant writing).

Chicago Artist Resource Survival Guide
A video series featuring four topics: Business, Financial, Social Media Marketing, and Legal. Each topic is presented by an expert in the field, and is broken into short videos that build on each other.

Dramatists Guild DG Academy
Video recordings of seminars and conversations about the craft of writing and the business of being a playwright.