Queensland artists and arts workers can boost their careers and reach new goals from today with the 2022 Creative Business Champions program now open.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch and Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development Di Farmer announced the continuation of the program that connects artists and arts workers with industry leaders to help them grow their businesses and secure sustainable careers in the sector.
“Creative Business Champions, supported by the Palaszczuk Government, is a free online professional guidance service that assisted hundreds of artists last year, and will continue to help build the state’s arts sector’s knowledge and capacity in 2022,” Ms Enoch said.
Since its launch in April 2021, the Creative Business Champions initiative has provided advice and mentoring to more than 800 Queensland artists and arts workers, supporting employment and career pathways.
Ms Farmer said the program delivered valuable guidance to artists, arts workers and organisations.
“Creative Business Champions is funded as part of a $2.2 million Palaszczuk Government skills funding package to assist arts sector recovery,” she said.
“I am pleased to see the Creative Business Champions initiative continue to benefit the sector in 2022 – especially as we build back from the COVID-19 pandemic – and I encourage artists across the state to register.”
Artist and designer Kylie Gersekowski signed up for Creative Business Champions in 2021.
“This tailored program has helped me so much,” Ms Gersekowski said.
“I was ready to give up after all my live events were cancelled, but the program taught me how to venture into online classes and now my business has seen an increase in revenue, I’ve also been announced as a finalist in a pretty big small business award!” she said.
Creative Business Champion Shelley Pisani said, “These challenging times have forced us to look differently at the way we practice our artforms and manage our careers.”
“It has been wonderful working with artists to differentiate and diversify their options and plot a way forward,” Ms Pisani said.
“Seeing them make strategic decisions and gain focus to achieve great outcomes such as launching new products or businesses, developing new exhibitions, and achieving funding outcomes has been such a rewarding process. Importantly, these talented people have renewed confidence which is half the battle.”
Creative Business Champions is delivered through the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN), an initiative of the Palaszczuk Government. The Regional Arts Services Network (RASN), led by service providers across the state, delivers opportunities for regional communities to access high quality arts and cultural engagement.