SEA Chicago 2022 Schedule

We are excited to return to hosting an in-person event! Our program has been strategically designed to correspond to the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization's Global Conference. More details about sessions and presenters will be added here as finalized.

About this Event:

The SEA Conference is focused on providing emerging creatives with the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an artist. Our model and focus has always been around the idea of for artist by artist with the majority of the presentations being led by working creative professionals and industry leaders within the arts community.

Tentative Schedule of Activities:

  • Friday, October 28th

    • Afternoon - optional excursions (more details coming soon)​

    • 6 PM - Welcome reception 

  • Saturday, October 29th

    • 9 AM - Opening Keynote with breakfast

    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Choice of industry specific panels and small group discussions

    • 12:30 PM - 2 PM - Lunch with keynote speaker(s)

    • 2:15 - 3 PM - Organized Creative Breaks (Drum circle, create room, art walk, and more)

    • 3 PM - 5:15 PM - Choice of industry specific panels, small group discussions, and funding workshop and challenge

    • 5:15 PM - Dinner with keynote and entertainment

  • Sunday, October 30th

    • 9:15 AM - Breakfast with keynote(s)​

    • 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM - Choice of topic specific workshops, panels, and small group discussions

    • 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM - Lunch with keynote(s)

    • 2 PM - 4:45 PM - Choice of workshops, panels, small group discussions, mentoring, and pitch challenge

Topics Covered:

  • Making a Living in the Arts Panels - These panels are broken up into specific areas of the arts and focused on how to make a living within that field.

  • ArtBiz 101: What you need to get started as a creative professional

  • Career Trends Panels - So many industries have been affected by the pandemic as well as technology, these panels address specific trends happening in fields such as music and media/digital arts.

  • Marketing Strategies

  • Managing the numbers / finances

  • Legal do's and don'ts 

  • Pricing

  • Working with Clients

  • Freelance

  • and so much more! (Many of our small group discussions will be focused on areas identified by our presenters based on their experience as well as the current state of their industry. We'll expand the list as we finalize speakers. Stay tuned!)



More details coming soon!

Sponsors & Collaborators:

This event is being made possible through the support of North Central College and grants from The Coleman Foundation and The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 

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The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Charitable Foundation