Performing artists who want to learn the business skills needed to become more marketable should register for the Oklahoma Arts Conference. The conference will be held October 7-9 in Stillwater. In addition to workshops offered during the Conference sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council, there will be excellent opportunities for performing artists to network with presenting organizations from across the state.
At this year’s conference, Jeri Goldstein, award-winning author of the book, “How To Be Your Own Booking Agent: A Performing Artist’s Guide To A Successful Touring Career,” will conduct a series of workshops for performing artists.
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 8, Goldstein will conduct several workshops where performing artists will focus on acquiring communication skills, (e-mail, social networking and effective Web site content) that will help present a more effective marketing message to various audiences. Performing artists will also learn how to appeal to presenters and to the media. Actual Web sites will be critiqued, and the group will discuss how Web sites can offer more appeal to increase bookings.
The registration fee is $50 and includes a pre-conference session, lunches at the conference center, receptions and community events. Register online for the 2009 Oklahoma Arts Conference at http://www.arts.ok.gov. Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Sept. 25.