Artists Professional Development (APD) Program

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Contact:  Adriana Pérez | (305) 375-5019 |

Deadline:  Friday, August 30, 2019, 11:59 PM

FY 2019-2020 Artist Professional Development (APD) Program Guidelines

Funded by Miami-Dade County, the Artists Professional Development Program is an ongoing series of independent workshops and retreats designed to deliver skill-building opportunities to diverse communities of artists who originate works (composers, playwrights, film-makers, visual artists, choreographers, etc.) and to those who execute work (actors, dancers, and musicians). The goal of the program is to provide artists with the tools to organize, plan, and sustain their creative careers.

The series aims to help artists:

  • break patterns of crisis management and increase satisfaction in your art practices and careers;
  • identify, acquire, and build skills needed to reach goals with individual projects and/or career objectives; and
  • communicate clearly and effectively about your work.

The workshops / retreats are co-led by professional consultants and trained Artist Leaders so that you may benefit from the consultants’ considerable experience in their fields, as well as the artists’ personal perspectives and experiences, in the belief that artists are often the best resource for each other. The workshops and retreats encourage opportunities for group and individual interaction.


Workshops and retreats will take place at various times throughout the year. Opportunities will be announced via the Department’s newsletter News to Use and posted on this page as they become available. It is strongly recommended artists sign-up to receive News to Use by clicking SUBSCRIBE above.

Program I:  Financial Literacy | September 23, 2019 | 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Led by Artist Leader, Amy Smith, participants will receive a thorough approach to staying on top of budgets, tracking expenses, making sense of taxes and reducing debt, all of which can be challenging prospects for self-employed artists.

Program II:  Core Professional Development Weekend Retreat | October 5 - 6, 2019 | 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Strategic Planning Partners - a team of artist leaders - will lead this self-contained, intensive workshop to train artists in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising and promotion. The workshop utilizes lectures, peer critiques, one-on-one consultations, interactive exercises, handouts, and written assignments to introduce business skills to individual artists. 

Location:  Programs I and II will take place at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, located at 111 NW 1 Street, 6th Floor.

To determine which workshop and/or retreat best suits your needs, contact the Program Administrator to schedule a consultation (a phone consultation is required in order to proceed with an application).

APD Program Timeline*

Applications Available

Friday, August 9, 2019


Friday, August 30, 2019, 11:59 PM

APD Workshops / Retreats Dates

(additional workshops and / or retreats will be posted as they become available)

  • Program I:  Financial Literacy - September 23, 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Program II:  Core Professional Development Weekend Retreat - October 5 - 6, 2019, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Dates/time subject to change.

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