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Art of Managing Your Career, Fall 2021 – Online Cohort

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AMYC Fall 2021 is now closed for applications.

If you would like to be put on a waitlist and/or be notified of the next round of applications, please email


If you are a self-employed artist or looking to increase the portion of your employment derived from your art, this course is for you!

*Please note: Due to the pandemic, The Art of Managing Your Career will only be delivered online via Google Classroom in 2021.*

Course participants will be expected to:

  • Watch and read 6 online modules
  • Attend 12 scheduled sharing sessions over Zoom
  • Complete weekly writing tasks
  • Participate in group activities during the sessions
  • Participate in the Show and Tell Showcase
  • Commit to participating in the peer learning network that will be established during the course
  • Become a member of Creative Manitoba
  • Participate in program evaluation sessions

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The course will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants drawn from across all artistic disciplines and therefore space is extremely limited. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by September 6, 2021.

Creative Manitoba pledges to prioritize opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and from equity-seeking communities, making best efforts to hold 50% of program space for participants identifying  as BIPOC or from equity-seeking groups.


The Art of Managing Your Career is for working artists to gain the confidence and knowledge to successfully manage their careers in the cultural sector, developing an extensive business plan, marketing plan, and template for managing finances.

Price: $200 – The cost of this course per artist is $1000 with 80% subsidized by Creative Manitoba’s funders. Each artist is required to pay the remaining $200 of their fee (payment plans are accepted). A limited number of completely subsidized spots are made available to equity-seeking artists upon request.

The course material has been designed at a college/university level and is applicable to artists from all disciplines including actors, craftspeople, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, new media content creators, visual artists and writers.

The course begins by exploring the attitudes and behaviours that may make it difficult for artists to recognise their transferable skills. It then builds components of a business plan and other self-promotion tools. A peer learning network is established to support the participants once the workshop has been completed.

By the end of this course, you will have developed an extensive business plan, a marketing plan, and have a template for managing your finances, all while pursuing your artistic dreams!


Heather Bishop, CM, OM, Hon. LL.D, is an accomplished musician/singer-songwriter, social activist, keynote speaker, visual artist, published author, teacher, and tradeswoman.  She has been awarded the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws.  She is dedicated to an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just world.

Guest Speaker(s)

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He is a community leader sharing his knowledge of New Media art and Indigenous Cultural Teachings, how to work respectfully with Indigenous Protocols and ceremony within your art or curatorial practice, and how to decolonize the art world. Albert is also a well-lauded multi-media artist.


Cancellation policy

Creative Manitoba reserves the right to cancel or postpone any event where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for an event that is cancelled by Creative Manitoba will receive a full refund.

Registrants may cancel up to one week before the event to receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued to registrants who cancel within one week of the event start date. No refunds will be issued for registrants who do not attend.

Substitute participants are allowed in most cases, but not all. Please check with us ahead of time if you wish to send a substitute participant by calling 204-927-2787.

It is our intent that Creative Manitoba programs and events foster a supportive, nonthreatening environment for everyone to participate and share in - regardless of gender, ability, ethnicity or cultural differences. We ask that you please be welcoming and respectful of world views that differ from your own.

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