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The University of Tampa’s Self-Employment in the Arts Conference Will Teach Artists the Business Aspects of Art

The all day conference will educate artists on how to turn their passion into a living – from survival to success.

Tampa, FL, April 02, 2007 --( The University of Tampa aims to teach emerging artists how to turn artistic passion into a living at the upcoming Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference, on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The event, beginning at 9:00 a.m., on the 9th floor of UT’s Vaughn Center, will feature successful artists and professionals dedicated to educating artists on the tools necessary for their survival in the business world of art, including marketing, intellectual property and finance matters.

The conference will include a variety of seminars, artist-led sessions and networking opportunities with successful professionals in the Literary, Performing and Visual Arts. Topics chosen were based on SEA’s belief that artists can thrive doing what they love if they understand the business side, such as marketing and contracts, in addition to the self-expressive side of their creative endeavors.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker will be best-selling author Connie May Fowler. A native of Florida and graduate of The University of Tampa, Fowler has won numerous literary awards. In addition, she also won an Emmy for her television screenplay, Before Women Had Wings, which starred Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Barkin.

A Meet the Artists reception will follow the conference. Attendees will receive complimentary tickets to The Fantasticks, a musical comedy that begins at 8:00 p.m. at The University of Tampa’s Falk Theatre.

The public, especially artists, are encouraged to attend. Registration is required for the conference. Early registration is $25 for students and $35 for all others. Registrations after April 11, 2007 will be $40 for students and $50 for all others. Registration includes all sessions, lunch, the reception, a ticket to The Fantasticks, and a pass good for one week to the Plant Hall Museum.

About the SEA Conference
SEA was created with the idea that more artists will succeed if they have business skills, knowledge, resources, and contacts. The mission of the SEA Conference is to present entrepreneurial strategies and resources for student artists and emerging artists to become self-supporting and successful in their careers. The Conference also fosters artists’ ongoing development by creating networking opportunities between student and emerging artists, working artists, business professionals and community organizations.

For more information and registration forms, visit
Email Jennifer Brucker at or call (813) 257-3782.

Media contact:
Sanaa Belfekih
Oniel Delva

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The University of Tampa
Jennifer Brucker

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