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Nominations Open for 2015 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards


Fractured Atlas empowers artists to be entrepreneurs by removing barriers to creative expression. We take this entrepreneurial spirit to heart, constantly searching for new solutions to age-old problems in the culture sector: We recently launched, a free web software platform that helps artists sell tickets, take donations, and track their fans; and helped more than 3,400 arts projects raise over $18 million in the past year through our fiscal sponsorship program.

The arts and culture sector needs more great ideas. More importantly, we need entrepreneurs who can bring those ideas to fruition. Fractured Atlas wants to encourage innovation and risk taking by honoring the innovative minds who are developing forward-thinking models for successful arts careers and organizations in the 21st century.

Fractured Atlas is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Arts Entrepreneurship Awards.

We are thrilled to honor the innovators and risk-takers who embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and bring the same extraordinary creativity to the office as they do to the studio. Five winners will be chosen who have developed new approaches to age-old challenges in the arts field by experimenting and challenging conventional wisdom that can serve as models and inspiration for artists everywhere.

Recipients of the Arts Entrepreneurship Award will have:

  • innovated new business practices or paradigms;

  • developed novel solutions to old problems.

Artists and arts organizations from all parts of the arts and culture sector are eligible for nomination, regardless of budget and staff size, geographic location, or discipline. Award recipients will receive:

  • A free lifetime membership to Fractured Atlas

  • A specially commissioned and fabricated award

  • Public exposure on Fractured Atlas’s blog and any accompanying media attention

Nominations Close Monday, December 15th at 11:59 pm Eastern time


Some advice from past honorees:


“Look for the place where your own needs, wants, wishes, and guilty pleasures intersect with the potential to serve those of others.” - Josh Meyer and Matt Hislope, Rubber Repertory’s Pilot Balloon Church-House


"Failure is your awesome-but-sometimes-hard-to-take-honest friend. Even if it’s uncomfortable, you must invite them to every single thing you do– because they will teach the fastest about how to do it better." - Esther Robinson, ArtHome