Essential Training for the Arts

Essential Training for the Arts (ETA) is a service of the Arts & Business Council providing professional development training for individual artists and the personnel of arts organizations in Massachusetts and the surrounding region. Our seminars, workshops, and webinars, presented by a diverse range of thought leaders, share inspiring and instrumental ideas, methods, and tools to grow careers and organizations in the arts.

Launched in 2005, the Artist’s Professional Toolbox (APT) is one such program that provides tremendous resources for individual artists. This exciting, nine-month career development course empowers a select group of artists with the skills and confidence they need to master the business challenges of being an artist. The Arts & Business Council has brought this nationally-lauded curriculum to constituents outside of Massachusetts as well, helping artists learn and practice marketing, networking and business skills with the additional benefits of peer group interaction, mentorship, and feedback. To learn more about this year's program, held at Montserrat College of Art, click here. To view the list of APT graduates, click here. You can also view the PDF version of our recent book, Ten Years of the Artist Profesisonal Toolbox.

In 2011 we launched the Musician's Professional Toolbox (MPT) to serve area musicians creating musical works in all genres. If you or someone you know is a musician looking to advance their professional career and master business techniques, visit our MPT page.

For a list of all upcoming events for artists of all genres and administrators of arts-related organizations, see our Events Calendar.



In the top banner, APT fellow Christine Destrempes with her installation "13,699", joined by environmental vendors at the Down:2:Earth Festival at the Hynes Convention Center in April, 2010. Top Right: APT fellow Terry Wise at work. Bottom Right: Artists Siri Smedvig at the 2011 Portfolio Reviews.