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We’re artists. We play, create and share our soul. But then there’s the money. A business is merely a hobby if you’re not actually profiting. How do you earn an income using your creativity? How do you get in front of galleries, interior designers, boutiques, corporations and individuals who want to buy what you create? Seriously, where in-the-hell are they and how do you find them? And if you DO find a potential client, how do you speak to them, what materials do they need from you and how do you keep the business relationship strong and profitable?

call-headerGalleries, design firms and retailers tell us that they prefer working with talented artists that are also responsible and educated in healthy, business and relationship strategies. Detroit Art & Business Institute (DABI) is passionate about guiding artists to build strong business relationships and increase sales which ultimately strengthens our entire creative community.

Sticking to your creative integrity while growing a successful art business is completely do-able with targeted and innovative guidance that goes beyond the general, business building courses. Detroit Art & Business Institute is metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan’s ONLY source of business support for our creative community.  We are a THE local, consulting firm educating and advocating for emerging and established artists from all areas of art, design and craft. Through private coaching, group lectures and a first-of-its-kind, 8-week group course DABI helps creatives to;

  • streamline their vision keeping them focused on the RIGHT creative path for them,
  • speak clearly to THEIR unique buyer while also sourcing alternative sales options,
  • budget correctly and find their profitable cost structure,
  • stay focused inside the studio and beyond,
  • execute at their highest level,
  • merchandise and display their art to entice buyers and make it easier to sell,
  • detail their integrity, values and relationships to strengthen their business from the inside out,
  • and everything else an artist needs to fuel higher profits and their higher purpose.

If you keep doing the “same old” without learning the necessary steps to expand your art business, you’ll continue to struggle to reach your dreams.

Working together, we can actually increase your value, open up opportunities to prosper and help your creative business flourish, AND do it in a way that’s uplifting and easy to understand! We here at DABI know that your passion and creativity isn’t enough, you require targeted education, support, accountability to reach your goals and give you the skills you deserve to FINALLY prosper with your art.

Now accepting end-Summer private clients and Mind Your Art Business, Fall 2015 students.