My heart belongs to music and theatre. It has since I was a little girl. No matter how well I have done in marketing, management or other business adventures, I have always made time to support the creative community.
The US Education System and The Arts
One of my favorite classical performers is the beloved “venture culturalist” Yo-Yo Ma ( he also plays the cello from time to time). He wants to save the arts – read more. Consider me on the Yo-Yo Ma bandwagon. Several people have heard that our education system in the US is killing the arts and creativity. Maybe this is for the best. They were not doing such a great job with it before. I think it is time to take control of our creative education outside of a traditional classroom.
Birth of Creative Communities
There has been a strong response to a lack of creative education throughout the country.
This response has occurred in the form of artist collectives, websites to share your art, blogs, and community based organizations. I love it! Here in Austin, Texas I have stumbled upon a huge and highly talented society of creatives. They have created co-working spaces, galleries, stages, and other safe/affordable places for developing your art – music, visual art, film, theatre, writing, graphic design, comedy, dance, etc.
The thing that most of these communities are missing is business education. A band is just something you do for fun until it becomes an income generator, right? The successful bands have at least one member who understands the business – contracts, finance, marketing, etc. BUT right-brained people generally do not want to deal with or learn any of that business stuff. I am an unusual breed of musician because I love all of the business stuff and I have a knack for making it easy to understand. How will I leverage this insight and talent into a business that supports the creative community?