McGrane to speak at Western Art Entrepreneurship seminar

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Erin McGrane

Erin McGrane Courtesy MWSU

(News Release) – Erin McGrane, a musician, songwriter, actress and producer, will present an Artist INC seminar titled “What Works” in the Art Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Missouri Western State University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Potter Hall, room 107. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The seminar explores the common ground of artists and entrepreneurs. Artists, like traditional small business owners, wear many hats – creator, fabricator, accountant, marketer, technologist and more. And many artists, like traditional small business owners, find this a daunting task.

Through their work with more than 500 artists, the Artist INC program has identified the common behaviors of successful artist entrepreneurs. In the What Works workshop, McGrane will share those behaviors and prepare artists to apply them to their own careers.

Erin McGrane has been an active performing artist in the Kansas City arts and music community for many years. She is a film, theatre and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and a co-host of the television program CinemaKC. Her current project is Victor & Penny, a nationally touring guitar and ukulele duo playing “antique pop,” early jazz and clever original songs with Blue Man Group guitarist Jeff Freling.

The next speaker in the Art Entrepreneurship series will be Eric Swangtsu, who will talk about how artists should approach galleries and how to navigate the graduate school admissions process at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Potter Hall, room 107.