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Career Development Center hosts artistic entrepreneur conference

March 16, 2012

The Career Development Center at Loyola University New Orleans is hosting “The Artistic Entrepreneur,” a new conference created exclusively for students in the College of Music and Fine Arts, on Friday, March 23 from 1-4 p.m. in Studio A on the fourth floor of the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street. The event is only for Loyola students and young alumni and is not open to the public. All sessions will be streamed live on http://www.cfmae.org.

Through a series of panels, the conference will provide a forum for information and advice pertaining to relevant issues facing the emerging arts entrepreneur. “The Artistic Entrepreneur” will feature some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds in the arts and entertainment industries of New Orleans, including: Loyola faculty members; Zack Smith, local independent photographer and musician; Robert LeBlanc ’00, a member of the Loyola Board of Trustees and founder of Lifestyle Revolution Group; Melissa Weber, popular local DJ known as DJ Soul Sister; and Gregory Davis, founding member of Dirty Dozen Brass Band; among others.

Session topics include: “Crowd Funding: Friends and Family,” a panel discussion on small-scale micro finance and the art of approaching an investor for the first time; “Visual Entrepreneurship,” an exploration of how visual artists can use their skills as an asset in any start-up venture; “The Performing Entrepreneur,” a session for actors and musicians that will explore how performers must manage their own careers as if they were running a business; and “Social Media in Entrepreneurship,” an examination of how young entrepreneurs can leverage and maximize the resources available through social media as an aspect of a successful start-up organization or performance career.

The complete schedule of sessions and speakers is available online. Space is limited, and on-site attendees must register with the Career Development Center.

This event is presented with additional support from the Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship, the College of Music and Fine Arts and the Arts Council of New Orleans.

For more information, contact Roberta Kaskel, director of the Career Development Center, at 504-865-3860 or rekaskel@loyno.edu.

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