Blackstone LaunchPad to Host Arts Entrepreneurship Accelerator for Creatives This Summer

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Peter DePasquale ’12

Creative business coach Peter DePasquale ’12 (dual BFA in art education and printmaking), as well as an MFA (printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) will lead an intensive four-day boot camp accelerator weeks to help recent students and alumni learn how to market their creative endeavors. Space is limited and will be open on a competitive basis to those pursuing career paths in all aspects of the visual and performing arts, aspiring NFT writers, musicians, designers and producers, as well as creatives who are makers and manufacturers.

Fortunately, DePasquale is an expert in this area. He looks forward to sharing this expertise with entry-level art professionals in all disciplines, sole proprietors and small start-ups, and creative arts students through this program, which he will host virtually at Blackstone Launchpad in July and August. . The four-week program begins Monday, July 11 and ends Wednesday, August 3, with sessions held weekly on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. ET via Zoom. The program is open to a maximum of 14 people, so apply early before places fill up.

DePasquale is co-owner and production manager of MINIMA-MAXIMA, a gender-neutral apparel company that specializes in making bolo ties and earmuffs that incorporate stunning geometric patterns into their design ethos. He is the lead technician for small batch manufacturing of in-house merchandise, creating, editing and producing laser cut components for their wood and acrylic craft products. He also trains studio assistants on production methods and manages day-to-day operations, including accounting and tax preparations, customer correspondence, shipping and receiving, and e-commerce maintenance and expansion. .

He was also a professional engraver, visual artist, jewelry maker and expert NFT artist. Additionally, he provides creative business consulting services from Pittsburgh, where he currently resides, supporting creative businesses for nearly five years.

DePasquale’s program, like his consulting work, is designed to educate and coach artistic entrepreneurs on the essentials of starting, running and sustaining a successful artistic business that sells to retail and wholesale clients in physical and digital spaces. This program will help build a supportive community for artist-owning businesses in the future, aimed at fostering collaboration and local assistance to tackle the daunting task of starting and maintaining a professional arts business.

Participants in DePasquale’s program will learn the principles of creating thoughtful work; sell it at in-person events and through an e-commerce platform; manage the production of items and maintain an inventory system; manage customer service; order sustainable materials and supplies; customize shipping procedures and operate on a shipping platform; meet the legal requirements of state and federal standards; management of social media accounts; fundamentals of accounting; and financial management for creatives and artists.

The Blackstone LaunchPad is happy to support this intensive summer booster. Nearly 40% of LaunchPad attendees are creatives such as artists, photographers, filmmakers, animators, illustrators, authors, illustrators, fashion designers, graphic designers, musicians, and makers. “Creatives are the quintessential entrepreneurs,” says LaunchPad director Linda Dickerson Hartsock, who is also an arts entrepreneur, as one of the co-founders of the Center for the Arts of Homer. “Creative economies help build strong communities, and these professions are increasingly primary career paths and secondary gigs for many Gen Zers.”

John (Jack) Rose ’24, a writer and student of entrepreneurship at Syracuse University, will serve as mentor and program support for the accelerator. Rose is the founder of Bladepoint Media and an avid storyteller working on her first book. Her goal is to combine her love of writing and creativity, combined with her knowledge of the business world, in a meaningful way to bring positive impact and value to others. He will be available to work with students throughout the program.

The cost to participate is $125 per person for the entire four-week virtual program, paid directly to DePasquale. Interested parties should email Peter DePasquale directly at [email protected] and include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Contact details (email, telephone)
  • Student/graduate status
  • Employment status
  • Main artistic or creative medium
  • History of business ownership/operation (if applicable)

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