classes and workshops

The Art of Managing Your Career

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 and Zoom in 2021.*

AMYC Fall 2021 is now closed for applications.

Fall session: Weekly Zoom meetings: Tuesdays September 14 to November 30, 2021 – 6-8pm

Course participants will be expected to:

  • Watch and read 6 online modules
  • Attend 12 weekly meetings
  • Complete weekly writing tasks
  • Participate in group activities during the 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. 

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 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