Detroit ACE and Art Ops continue free professional development and entrepreneur workshops for artists, creatives

Detroit ACE and Art Ops continue free professional development and entrepreneur workshops for artists, creatives


The City of Detroit’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) will restart its free, monthly entrepreneurship workshops on Tuesday, January 18.

ACE joined Art Ops last year to host the year-long, business and financial management workshop series for the city’s creative workforce to help artists improve their chances for success. The training is FREE, thanks to the generous support of the Kresge Foundation.

Sessions are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6PM to 7PM, and feature experts in everything from marketing and brand management to networking and determining pricing for performance and products.

In the next session on January 18, attendees will learn about the “Art of Finance” with Attorney Michael Hall and Leslie Thomas, a financial consultant.

Hall is an intellectual property and entertainment attorney at Michael Everett Hall Law, PLLC. He advises entertainers, musicians, athletes, songwriters, radio and television talent, record labels, artists, music and book publishers, event promoters, and authors on issues related to contracts, licensing, publishing trademarks, and copyrights. He will advise on subjects ranging from intellectual property to the benefits of having a manager.

Thomas is the founder and principal consultant of Leslie A. Thomas Enterprises. A former head of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Thomas will advise on offer arts management, cultural and community planning, community arts education, budgeting, financial planning, and special event production.

The workshops also will feature additional speakers in the coming months. The speakers will be announced before each session.

Links to register for upcoming sessions, as well as recordings of previous sessions, are available at detroitartsandculture.com. The remaining sessions are:

CONTACTS are:

Julia Kapilango, Arts Administrator, Detroit ACE ([email protected])

Jainelle Robinson, Community Engagement Officer, ArtOps ([email protected])