Asheville Area Arts Council offers professional development grants for artists

Press release from Asheville Area Arts Council:

The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is proud to announce the 2017 Professional Development Grant for Artists. These resources will be granted to individuals to attend professional development courses to aid them in reaching their business goals. This new grant program is offered to Buncombe County artists to attend area organization’s programming that expands their knowledge of sound business practices. Applications will be accepted from January 1 until May 15 for courses happening between January 1 and June 1, 2017. No extensions will be approved for applications submitted after 5pm on May 15 and/or classes ending after June 1.

This grant program will provide access for artists that are committed to learning new business skills, and also inform AAAC and educational providers to help us better serve Buncombe creative sector.

1. Mountain BizWork: 6 week Foundations Business Planning Class
2. AB-Tech: continuing education courses
3. Small Business Center: Advanced Business Skills for Artists
4. Carolina Small Business Fund: Create Your Best Year Yet and QuickBooks for Small Businesses

This grant is managed by the Asheville Area Arts Council with the support of the City of Asheville. To learn more about the Professional Development Grants for Artists visit If you have any questions, please contact Janelle Wienke, AAAC Grants Manager, by phone at (828) 258-0710 or email at

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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