The New York Times article Transforming Art Into a More Lucrative Career Choice covers several trends driving the growth of successful artist-entrepreneurs.
One of the trends covered is art schools increasingly adding business courses to their curriculum. An example is the Ringling College of Art and Design, which has both majors and minors in "the business of art and design." Great quote from Ringling Dean Larry Thompson:
"I am committed to destroying the myth of the starving artist."
Another example is an Artistic Entrepreneurship class developed at the University of North Carolina.
We've been researching artist entrepreneurs with a focus on identifying common business success factors that entrepreneurial artists share. The NY Times article includes a reference to this research.
Over the next couple of months we will be posting on our research findings.