Hustle For Your Worth:
A Professional Development Event for Artists
Hustle For Your Worth is a professional development seminar for artists and creatives organized as part of QCA’s Artist Commissioning Program. Open to the public, the event will feature interactive stations with guest speakers focusing on topics to help build and support creative careers, including: networking and branding, creating a vision board, art law, taxes for artists, and artist services.
It will also feature the Artist Commissioning Program’s two Jamaica-based awardees, Kerri Edge and Yogi (Y?) Guyadin, discussing how they manage their artists’ brands and sharing insights on their upcoming World Premieres.
LaNeese Ray, Art Producer, QCA Artist Commissioning Program
For more about LaNeese Ray and her vision behind this event, check out our blog post, Hustle for Your Worth: Behind the Scenes with Art Producer LaNeese Ray.
Topics and Guest Speakers include:
Creating and Maintaining an Artist’s Brand
Yogi (Y?) Guyadin, Jamaica Artist Commissioning Program Awardee
Kerri Edge, Jamaica Artist Commissioning Program Awardee
Omar Edwards, NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo “Sandman”, and original cast member of Broadway’s Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk
Networking and Branding
Brendez Wineglass, Founder of Power Social Events & Project Manager of Jamaica Is Arts Alliance (ACP 2017-18 Art Producer)
Taxes for Artists
Ricardo Bentham, Accountant (ACP 2017-18 Art Producer)
Law & the Arts
Karen Pilgrim, Licensed Vision Board Specialist
About the Artist Commissioning Program
The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process by pairing artists with a cohort of "art producers", who select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both the ACP Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and organize collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program.