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Artrepreneur is a multi-week program designed to help creatives gain the business skills needed to turn their passion into a business.

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View our November 29th Information Session

The Culture Alliance is happy to announce that we have some fantastic facilitators lined up for the Artrepreneur program starting on March 7, 2023.  Here are a few of the experts who will be leading the workshops.

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Don Bourne
Client Services, Mentor

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Suzanne McCrimmon 

Executive Director


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Jacques Brunet 

Motivational Trainer

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Jim Lowe  

Executive Director

Assisting You 

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Dave Hyde  

Manager, Small Business

Centre of Barrie, Simcoe

County & Orillia 

Here is information about the Artrepreneur program:

The Program

The Artrepreneur program was developed with the needs of the creative entrepreneur in mind. Although there are many entrepreneurship courses out there, this program has been uniquely tailored for the creative industries. The program is subsidized and supported by the Culture Alliance in partnership with the York Region Arts Council to deliver inclusive and financially accessible programming. Artrepreneur’s unique methodology allows for conversations to occur between artists of various disciplines, expertise, and backgrounds.


The Artrepreneur

The Artrepreneur program is open to entrepreneurs of all art disciplines, as well as those working at the intersection of art, technology, and innovation, including, but not limited to: Performance Arts, Visual and Media Arts (including Film/Video), Dance, Music, Multidisciplinary, Craft, Theatre & Literary Arts.

Participants (fellows) must actively practice or operate as an independent artist, leader of an arts group/non-profit organization, or the founder/owner of a creative business, for a minimum of one year.

The Curriculum

The Core Artrepreneur Program consists of twelve (12) in-class weekly workshops.

Each workshop is three hours long and facilitated by experts in the business topics such as marketing, finance, goal setting and partnerships for creative entrepreneurs. Workshops are supported by assignments, relevant tools, and templates, and/or discussions.

At the end of each cohort there will be an EXPO where the participants (fellows) will present their venture to friends, family, peers, community members, and potential partners and customers.

The participants (fellows) will leave the program with a Certificate of Completion, and a completed Business Plan.


Turn Your Creative Passion into A Business

The Artrepreneur program provides the tools for creative entrepreneurs to grow themselves and their organizations through education, resources, and networks.

The Artrepreneur program is striving to be Ontario’s leading business development accelerator for creative entrepreneurs.

Information Session

The Info Webinar which contained some additional information from a past cohort, took place on Tuesday November 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm.  It can be viewed by following the link at the top of the page.


Application Process

Applications for Artrepreneur 2023 are open and will close on Tuesday February 21, 2023.

Click here to find the application.  Ensure that you submit a copy of your CV/resume to for your application to be complete.  Successful applicants will be notified by no later than Monday February 27, 2023.

Cost: $150 + HST (due before first class) 

Outside of North Simcoe: $200 + HST (due before first class)

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