Sustaining yourself as a creative entrepreneur takes more than talent, you need business skills. BlackPaint’s Creative Leaders Fellowship is an intensive, four-month training and mentorship program that teaches emerging creatives the business side of the equation — something rarely included in traditional arts education. Launched in 2017, the program’s curriculum covers everything from branding and contracts to ethics and client communication, and culminates with a capstone presentation to community leaders.
Fellowships are open to practicing creatives of any medium who’ve already built a solid body of work and who have a serious interest in being an entrepreneur or recently became one. Selections are made based on talent, ambition and leadership potential. Creatives who identify as BIPOC, queer, transgender, non-binary and/or women are given priority. We’re not just looking to nurture successful solo entrepreneurs. We’re looking to build up creative leaders who will go on to stand up for what they believe in and help create a safer, more equitable industry for other creatives as well.
We accept two fellows a year (both at the same time) for a January-May term. The fellowship includes a stipend and requires a time commitment of ten hours a week. Applications are posted here every fall; the next window to apply will be Fall, 2020.