812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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Arts Start Up Seminar

Presented by: BCT Presents

Where: Monroe County Public Library


No showtimes available.


Modeled on tech start up weekends, the Arts Start Up offers participants an opportunity to pitch and workshop their idea to both other dreamers and experienced event presenters. Networking with the individuals behind the events, festivals, and venues that make Bloomington the special place it is, the Arts Start Up begins with a brief review and training on how to pitch your idea – making a compelling case for why your event should become the next big thing. Once we’re ready, our local experts join the group for an organized lunch discussion where participants make contacts with music professionals, festival promoters, planning gurus, and marketing professionals. Next pitches are made and the group as a whole chooses up to 3 new ideas to take from concept to business plan in the course of the afternoon. Everyone benefits from going through the rigorous process of questioning, investigating, researching, and pivoting to make the idea the best it can be.

ONLY Arts Start Up participants are eligible to submit proposals to the Arts Start Up Fund, which will select viable proposals for a three time commitment of support from the John Waldron Arts Center or the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Support includes rent-free use of the spaces, additional marketing, and on-going guidance from BCT Management, Inc. staff.

Age 18 & up. To register click here.

This program is part of the Buskirk-Chumley Arts Start Up Education Series. Run time of event will be 6  1/2 hours.

The Venue

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303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) serves the 138,000 citizens of Monroe County, Indiana, through the Main Library in downtown Bloomington, the Ellettsville Branch, and the Bookmobile. The library’s special services include the Learn and Play Space, a preschool discovery center; VITAL, an adult literacy program; CATS, a five-channel community access television network; the Indiana Room, a local history and genealogy collection and grants center (part of the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collections National Network); and service to inmates at the Monroe County Correctional Center. The library is wheelchair accessible, with ramp access, elevators, and accessible bathrooms.

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The Promoter

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

BCT Presents strives to bring diverse, high-quality, nationally-touring performers to the stage each year. The series also occasionally includes  classic films.

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