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The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance launches Arts Business Academy 2023!

St. Petersburg, FL (April 11, 2023) – The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance presents the annual Arts Business Academy (ABA) that will provide artists, musicians, writers, performers, and more with the skill sets and confidence to launch or elevate their professional career or arts business.

Local arts professionals and business leaders will provide the training through 6 consecutive weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings from May 10 – June 14, 2023. Most classes will be held in-person, with key sessions hosted virtually. New this year - certain sessions will also be split into two cohorts with separate instructors/experts for visual artists and performing/literary artists.

The Arts Business Academy is for artists (visual, performing, and/or literary) endeavoring to sustain and grow a successful creative profession - whether it be as an individual contracted artist, or a separate creative entity. This program is especially great for those who wish to connect with experts and peers local to St Petersburg, FL. If you are considering evolving your talent or vocation into an arts business, this certificate course will give you the tools to succeed. It is also great for arts-entrepreneurs seeking to foster new and aligned collaborations.

ABA students also receive waived admission to the new Beyond Arts Business Academy (BABA) 2023-2024 virtual workshops: one-off sessions held throughout the year that build on the skills learned in ABA. Topics for these mini sessions include “How to Break Into the St. Pete Arts Scene,” “Taxes Made Easy, “Health Insurance for artists,” and more.

Tuition: $199/person. Limited full scholarships are available to artists with financial need!

SPAA’s Director of Community Advancement shared: “The Arts Business Academy is an accessible way for artists to develop the entrepreneurial skills and community connections needed to thrive. Strengthening their impact drives St Pete’s creative economy.”


The Arts Business Academy is made possible with support from the City of St. Petersburg and corporate and individual donors throughout St. Petersburg. Working together within this philanthropic community creates the entrepreneurial opportunities and financial stability for our creative community, which in turn powers the economic engine for all.

For more information and to register, please visit


The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is the umbrella organization for the arts -- advocating for the arts, facilitating the growth of the creative arts community, and driving arts-related economic development in St. Petersburg.

Please Contact: Tiffany Ford

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