On June 14 & 15, the Festival of Voices will offer itself to artists and entrepreneurs as a platform to develop their business.
The Festival will offer 12 month mentorships for up to 20 selected candidates who want to increase their networks, opportunities, revenue streams and capacity for growth. The program will be uploaded online so you can participate anywhere in Australia.
SATURDAY JUNE 14
9.00am Warm up with Emma Bennison (CEO of Arts Access Australia)
9.15am The kernel
What constitutes an idea for a business and how do you get one? What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Three speakers speak for five-ten minutes each then lead a discussion inviting questions from the audience.
Colin Jones (UTAS)
Paul Kooperman (Festival of Voices)
Polly McGee (TasRail)
10.00am Keynote address: Jac Bowie (Business in Heels)
Challenge 1: What is your idea for your business, how did you develop it, how do you see it growing? Write it down, discuss in groups of five and invite individuals to share in front of full group
11.00am Morning tea
11.15am Brand before business
Brand is everything: three speakers will speak for five-ten minutes each before leading a panel discussion inviting questions from the audience.
Peter Choraziak (Red Jelly)
Rick Marton (Effective Naturally)
Rod Shelley (Mures)
12.45pm Marketing yourself nationally – Kath McCann from Wrest Point offers some advice
12.55pm Debate: art, culture & creativity have nothing to do with business
Two speakers for the affirmative and two speakers for the negative will battle it out to see how art and business connect (or don’t).
Jennifer Storer (TMAG)
Natalie De Vito (Director, Junction Arts)
Lara Giddings (Shadow Minister for the Arts)
Steve Henty (Chair, Junction Arts)
Challenge 2: In groups of ten, discuss taking over a gallery / performance space – consider program, audience, partners, marketing and income streams. Choose a representative to report back to full group.
2.45pm Afternoon tea
3.00pm The provocateur – a spanner in the works by Suzi Watral (Enterprise Centres Tasmania)
3.15pm Wealth in the room: open mic for entrepreneurs
Sign up and speak to the group about your idea, style, strategies or philosophies on business; ten people will speak and become leaders of focus groups, to discuss any aspect of the day or even develop business ideas forming in the group – it’s fluid, free and flexible; leaders will report back to the full group at the end of the session
4.30pm Summary of the day
SUNDAY JUNE 15
9.00am Warm up
9.15am Building communities: engaging people
Businesses need people, so how do you attract them and keep them interested? Three speakers will speak for five-ten minutes each before leading a panel discussion inviting questions from the audience.
Daniel Hanna (Federal Group)
Katherine Legg (Searson Buck)
Polly Venning (CEO Tasmania)
10.00am Keynote address: The Minister for the Arts, Hon. Vanessa Goodwin
10.30am Morning tea
Challenge 3: Social Media speed dating – in pairs, you get three minutes to follow each other, like each other, add each other to your online network – teach someone about an online platform they didn’t know about, set them up on their phone, ask them for an online social media tip and decide on your top three UNIQUE ideas for promoting or selling a business online – then swap partners and repeat.
12.45pm Jess Tyler speaks about the Tasmanian Innovation Exchange and Start Up Tasmania’s involvement
12.50pm Debate: artistic, creative and cultural activity, if relevant, should engage the mainstream.
Three speakers for the affirmative and three speakers for the negative will battle it out to see how art and audiences connect (or don’t).
Damon Wise (Southern Cross Austereo)
Scott Gadd (Hobart Showground)
Magdalena Lane (Board Member: Tas Early Years Foundation)
Jaspa Wood (Creative Producer)
Anna Reynolds (Multicultural Council of Tasmania)
Kelly Drummond Cawthon (Salamanca Arts Centre)
2.00pm Use the Festival of Voices to grow your Business
CEO of the Festival of Voices, Paul Kooperman describes the opportunity on offer and next steps
Challenge 4: Prepare your pitch for the Pitch for Selection session
2.30pm Afternoon tea
2.45pm The provocateur – a spanner in the works by Tony Bonney (independent arts manager)
3.00pm Pitch for selection
Entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for possible selection in PART TWO of the program, where recipients receive support and mentorship to build their businesses using the Festival of Voices as a platform for growth
4.30pm Summary of the day