Art of Managing Your Career, Spring 2020

Application deadline: February 14, 2020
The Art of Managing Your Career offers working artists the confidence and knowledge to successfully manage their careers or businesses in the cultural sector. 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.

Members receive discounts on Creative Manitoba courses, classes and workshops.

Become a member

Applications for the Spring session are now closed. Fall 2020 applications will open in June.

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!

Course participants will be expected to:

  • Attend 13 scheduled sessions on March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6:30–9:30 pm
  • Participate in group activities during the sessions
  • Complete assignments between sessions
  • 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 February 21, 2020.

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.

Please note, online learning is available for rural and remote members.

Fall session: September to December (Applications open in June)
Spring session: March to May (Applications open in January)

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 available 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 recognize 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.




“Since taking AMYC, I have had to put my two side-jobs on hold while I work constantly overlapping paid dance projects (self initiated and hired by others). Heather Bishop is an absolute master.” – Alexandra Elliott, Dancer and Choreographer



“The biggest takeaways for me was tackling my artist statement and meeting other artists who were facing the same fears and challenges. It made me feel less alone and that I could take control of my situation.” – Elena Anciro, Professional Actor



“AMYC was the catalyst that pushed me forward and encouraged me to establish myselfas an artist.  Initially it provided me with a safe community of other artists where I was able to explore many aspects of what it is to live as an artist.  Beyond that – it provided me with the tools to establish my self both artistically AND as a business.  I am constantly referring back to my notes from the course and I continue to connect with the other artists who were in the course with me.  It has led to many meaningful collaborations as well.” – Debbie Plett, Book Binder

  • Session 1
    March 3, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 2
    March 10, 2020 - May 13, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 3
    March 17, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 4
    March 24, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 5
    March 31, 2020 - June 24, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 6
    April 7, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 7
    April 14, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 8
    April 21, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 9
    April 28, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 10
    May 5, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 11
    May 12, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 12
    May 19, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Session 13
    May 26, 2020
    6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • AMYC Backup Date
    June 2, 2020 - October 28, 2020
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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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