• Queens Central Library, Main Plaza (map)
  • 89-11 Merrick Boulevard
  • Jamaica, NY, 11432
  • United States
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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

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I hope [artists] walk away feeling like they found a community... sometimes people need to find their tribe, and I hope any Jamaica artist that attends realizes their own community wants to support what they do.
— LaNeese Ray, Artist Commissioning Program Art Producer

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

Anastasia Kambanis, Marketing and Communications Associate, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Emma Frean, Legal Services Coordinator, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Vision Boards

Karen Pilgrim, Licensed Vision Board Specialist

Artist Services

Kelly Olshan, Program Manager, Queens Council on the Arts
Dan Bamba, Grants & Residencies Manager, Queens Council on the Arts

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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.