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the South Carolina Artists' Ventures Initiative; helping artists build sustainable careers in South Carolina


S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative: Goals and Activities


S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative, a broad-reaching project at the Arts Commission, is dedicated to improving conditions for S.C. artists by helping them develop the knowledge and skills to build satisfying, sustainable careers. Responding to input from artists across the state about their key concerns, the Arts Commission offers the following activities:

  • Artist gatherings
    Beginning with the statewide, all-discipline artist retreat that took place in May 2009, the Artists' Ventures Initiative provides artists with information they can use in their personal lives, communities and businesses.
  • Business training
    The Artists' Ventures Initiative connects artists to affordable training that supports their development as entrepreneurs and profitable business people.
  • Start-up support for new arts-based businesses
    Through a new competitive grant program and virtual business incubator, the Artists' Ventures Initiative supports artists with sound plans for starting new arts-based businesses. Recent AVI Grant Awards >>


S.C. Artists' Ventures Initiative is funded by a major grant from Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a national initiative that works to improve conditions for artists, enabling them to more readily do their creative work and contribute to community life. As a part of this national initiative, the Arts Commission draws from and contributes to the research, resources and tools being forged by the national network.