Detroit ACE and ArtOps continue free professional development and entrepreneur workshops for artists and creatives 


Detroit ACE and ArtOps continue free professional development and entrepreneur workshops for artists and creatives  

The City of Detroit’s Office of Arts, Culture, and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) continues its free, monthly entrepreneurship workshops at 6PM. Tuesday, February 15th.

ACE joined ArtOps 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 February 15th, attendees will learn about the “Art of Finance” with Attorney Michael Hall and Leslie Thomas, a financial consultant. The first session on this topic is available to view at

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 cover management, cultural and community planning, community arts education, budgeting and financial planning and special event production. The workshops also will feature additional speakers in the coming months. Speakers will be announced before each session. 

Links to register for upcoming sessions, as well as recordings of previous sessions, are available at

The remaining sessions are: 

February 15, 2022: The Art of Finance, Session 2 

March 15, 2022: Management Q&A 

April 19, 2022: How to Social Butterfly 

May 17, 2022: Protecting your Brand Q&A 

June 21, 2022: Group Projects: Navigating Art Collectives 

July 19, 2022: Brand Wellness 


Julia Kapilango 

Arts Administrator, Detroit ACE 

[email protected] 

Jainelle Robinson 

Community Engagement Officer, ArtOps 

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