Making the Difference

The Arts Business Institute’s mission is to help artists launch and grow successful businesses. When we get feedback like this, we know it’s all worth it.


ABI Workshop Classes


Artists and craftspeople of all types and in all mediums have common challenges. The same questions come up time and again:

  • How can I create a good collection that will sell?
  • How do I price my work so that I am making money?
  • Where is the best place for me to sell?
  • What are the most effective ways to market what I make?
  • How do I close a sale?
  • How do I run a business when what I really want is to be in the studio?

We know these are all vital parts of planning and putting a new business into place. The Arts Business Institute focuses on teaching workshop courses and providing mentoring on these topics and more. We address those pressing questions that creative entrepreneurs have by outlining strategies, best practices, and specific steps, and providing ongoing support.

So when we get feedback that artists have taken what they learned from ABI and turned it into a success story, we are ready to celebrate!

Amy FrankAmy Frank had a great concept with “Blessing Bands” which are handmade in her business, Mindfully Made Studios. She contacted ABI for consulting when she had two local wholesale accounts and wanted to expand further. The result? Within a few months of putting her new strategies to work, Amy wrote to us reporting that she is now selling into 30 wholesale accounts in 14 states.


Matt Thomas in the studioMatt Thomas is a stunning success story. After attending an ABI workshop, Matt committed to making a line of sushi boards, cutting boards and handmade furniture under the business name Thomas Work. He brought his new line to the wholesale marketplace by exhibiting in a group guild booth at The Buyer’s Market of American Craft. After opening an astounding 58 accounts at that first show, Matt has continued to grow his business and acquire repeat sales.


Kristen BangsKristen Bangs attended an ABI workshop to learn more about putting her work into production and ramping up her small business, SpunkyFluff, where she makes humorous wooden signs. Kristen hit the ground running, and now has more than 50 wholesale accounts around the country, with other major projects in the works.


The Arts Business Institute congratulates these artists and the many others who have attended our intensive workshops for the past 16 years. Your success is our goal!

Join us at one of our upcoming Fall 2014 workshops and learn the business of art! Dates include:

Collage 200September 27-28 New York, NY – ART + BUSINESS NYC

October 10-11, Edinboro, PA – No More Starving Artists

October 17-18, Naples, FL – Art Business Bootcamp

November 8, Montclair, NJ – Marketing Magic








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  1. ABI and their “Arts Business Bootcamp” is hands down the best seminar I’ve ever attended pertaining to the business of art. These guys know what they’re talking about because they’ve lived the life and they know the biz like nobody else. The generous sharing of knowledge by these pros is amazing, and the friendships and formed and networking between other like-minded attendees is worth 10x the cost of admission. I highly recommend these seminars to anyone who thinks they want to make a living doing their art. Save yourself the time and money by trying to do it all yourself and learning the hard way — ABI gives you the knowledge and confidence to do it the right way.

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