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Artists and creative professionals will share secrets to success

The focus is on the business of art. The idea is that more artists will succeed if they have business skills, knowledge, resources and contacts.

Led by artists, the mission of the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference at UNCG is to help artists and other creative professionals make a living from their passion.

Hosted by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG and the university’s Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program, the 5th annual conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22. For the past two years, the conference has drawn more than 350 attendees.

“Whether you are a young artist just starting out or someone pursuing a second career in the arts, this conference is something you don’t want to miss,” said Bryan Toney, director of NCEC and conference co-chair.

The conference in the EUC will feature a full day of speakers and collaborative workshops by experts across the visual, performing and literary arts. The theme for the 2014 conference is “Orchestrate Your Creative Future,” with topics including “Traditional Media Goes Social,” “Sharing a Story Through Creative Hands,” “Finding the Passionate Voice,” “No Budget? No Problem!” and “Resourcefulness vs. Resources.”

The opening speakers will be Stephen and Patrece Robinson, professor and adjunct professor of music at Stetson University. The lunch keynote will be Carol Andrews, WFMY News 2 anchor and children’s author. The closing keynote will be Kyle Webster, illustrator, designer and app maker.

The cost of the conference, which includes all sessions, meals and a reception, is $60 for the general public and $40 for students. Contact NCEC at ncec@uncg.edu or 336-256-8649.

For more information, a full roster of speakers, and to register, visit seac.uncg.edu.