Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville
Announcing the 2020 Class of Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training
COVID-19 Update: The Arts & Business Council will operate remotely through at least March 27 with all services ongoing. We will continue to be available remotely to help artists, arts organizations, and creative entrepreneurs thrive. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming weeks about new services and how we're able to help.

25 Talented Artists join Periscope 2020

Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training is an annual program that empowers working artists to see their creative practice through an entrepreneurial lens. Artists are selected for Periscope through a competitive application process and 25 artists were selected for this year's training program. 
ABC proudly announces the 2020 Periscope class:
  • Akil Prince, jeweler
  • Alison Brazil, musician
  • Amanda Danner, filmmaker/videographer
  • Amanda Ewing, luthier 
  • Amy Frederick, musician
  • Annette McNamara, photographer
  • Ayumi Bennett, illustrator & visual scribe
  • Brandie Lee, painter & printmaker
  • Cameron Mitchell, poet, writer & actor
  • Carolyn Beehler, paper artist
  • Eileen Tomson, painter
  • Elan Kandel, artist & designer
  • Emma Levitz, artist & stone carver
  • Heather LeRoy, photographer, director & actress
  • Jacquelyn Swift (J.Swift), poet, playwright & author
  • Jammie Williams, sculptor & painter
  • Jennifer Deafenbaugh, digital artist & metal sculptor
  • Jenny Petite, photographer
  • Jillian Frame, artistic director
  • Mel Ferrer, graphic designer & sculptor
  • Nick Drake, a.k.a. Chuck iNDigo, musician
  • Nicole Ahima, dancer
  • Patty McAvoy, designer
  • Rachel Bartek, glass artist
  • Sara McLoud, seamstress & fiber artist
Now in its seventh year, Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training is a program of the Arts & Business Council in partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Metro Arts: Nashville’s Office of Arts + Culture, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Community Development. Periscope is supported in part by Southwest Airlines and the Tennessee Arts Commission. 
Learn more about this year's class

Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Creative Sector

Organizations both locally and nationally are conducting surveys and sharing resources for artists and arts organizations impacted by COVID-19. We've collected a few of those surveys and resources below, and we will continue to share resources online through our website and social media accounts.
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Metro Arts: Nashville's Office of Arts + Culture Seeks Input

Metro Arts is asking artists and arts organizations to check-in and let them know how they're doing. The dual impact of the tornado and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including artists and arts organizations. They'll use the information you share to formulate action steps for their response in support of Nashville's creative community.
Partner Organization Recovery Survey
Artist Recovery Survey

Americans for the Arts Seeks Data

Americans for the Arts is conducting a nation-wide economic impact study to gather data and stories of the impact this virus is having on the arts. They will overlay the information gathered with existing Arts & Economic Prosperity and LAA Profile Data when it comes time to advocate for arts relief/stimulus funding. 
COVID-19 Econmic Impact Survey
COVID-19 Resources & Response Center

CERF+ Launches Response Fund

CERF+ has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines. The fund is essential to their rapid and effective response to those artists who are suffering severe health impacts from COVID-19. They've also shared a page of resources on their website, linked below.
COVID-19 Response Fund
COVID-19 Resources


• ABC is hiring a Marketing & Operations Assistant. Applications are due by March 31.
• ABC seeks Summer & Fall 2020 Interns.  
• Nashville Ballet seeks an Events Coordinator and an Accounting and Resources Manager.
• TN Craft offers Summer Study Scholarships to artists. 
• The National Museum of African American Music is hiring a Brand Director.
• Belmont Mansion is hiring a Historical Interpreter.
• Cheekwood seeks a Schools & Outreach Program Manager.
Find more creative opportunities on ABC's Opportunities Hub.

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