Introducing Venture Arts Incubator

I’m very pleased to introduce Venture Arts Incubator (VAI), a virtual business incubator and accelerator focused exclusively on for profit businesses that cater to the arts field; everything from retail, service provider, and SaaS businesses will be considered. One of the primary goals is to help new businesses get off the ground and become sustainable by providing crucial resources that offload some of the most costly elements needed to generate revenue and project a professional image.

Businesses will be accepted throughout the year and participation is determined via application and we anticipate making that process available when the site is officially launched in July, 2015.

Venture Arts Incubator

For years, I’ve seen too many genuinely good ideas die early deaths due to a lack of proper planning, under-anticipating necessary resources, and getting overwhelmed by the multitude of unexpected nonsense that is waiting to become your new albatross.

In addition to resource capital, VAI will provide a wealth of support to get startups incorporated correctly, explore funding options, make sure that the business is launched with a polished, professional image, and has the capacity to provide cutting edge customer experiences.

In short, VAI is making investments in arts business startups and giving them an advantage to become successful faster and realize sustainable revenue streams.

There’s never been a better time to be in the arts business and the field is far from dying; in fact, it’s growing and it needs startups run by those who know the ins and outs of each niche within different sectors to fill the variety of unique needs.

Head over and sign up for the official launch notice today.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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