Thank you.

Outside of today’s post, I am not currently posting on this blog, The Hart Technique, but would like to thank you for your continued support. Please browse the Categories section of this blog and discover the over 270 original posts. Please also see the other channels I am broadcasting through.

At present, I am serving as Curator for the following SMU, Meadows School of the Arts– based channels:

Meadows Arts Entrepreneurship Youtube Channel: This channel provides a wide range of case studies/interviews with entrepreneurs, researchers and professionals working with and for entrepreneurs. They talk about what they do and how they do it.

Arts Entrepreneurship Blog (Meadows): This just over one year-old blog has over 135 original posts, to date. This blog covers topics like, “Are business plans really necessary?”, offers interviews with arts entrepreneurs and perspectives such as “heroism by choice”.

Arts Entrepreneurs’ Tool BoxThis series of organized digital links provide tools for arts entrepreneurs. Check it out and take what you can!

Privately created communication channel:

Arts Entrepreneurship, the Movement, a Facebook Page.

Again, thank you for your support at present and over the years.

Best wishes,

Jim Hart


A New Renaissance? And Tip

Is this fastest of developing artistic disciplines, Arts Entrepreneurship, potentially leading us towards a new Renaissance?

I’m getting Google reports on Arts Entrepreneurship feeds, which are coming in from all around the world. I see Dr. Dre contributing towards the cause at USC, Harvard and MIT are exploring initiatives too and Juilliard has launched a music entrepreneurship program. Approximately 130 colleges and universities are simultaneously developing AE initiatives, seemingly at once. What I see is that this realization Continue reading

Synthesizing Talents to Create a Niche

Does entrepreneurship sound like a viable option for you? What will you create and who or what will you serve? Here are some tips towards discovering what that might be and how to begin amassing your personalized audience of choice, which has potential to become a long-term support base for you, specifically, as an artist and entrepreneur.

1. People generally like to Continue reading

Risk, Control and Profits for Arts Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs want to reduce risk, maintain creative control and increase profits. The best way to do this is to Bootstrap your business. This term comes from the phrase “Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps”.

Bootstrapping is an entrepreneurial process of spending only what you have in way of cash in hand or through bartering and exchange. It is the War Era generation of thinking, prior to our becoming a debtor society. It will likely result in a Continue reading

A Typical Entrepreneurial Mistake

Entrepreneurs often encounter problems in their startup process when they do not understand the revenue drivers. What is making the money for the business? Specifically, what is bringing cash in hand–not debt, not payments coming in a month, not credit, but cash in hand? For the success of any business, it is important that the entrepreneur understands how cash flows through their business. Once this is established, credit and other payment methods can be developed. Cash is King.

Jim Hart

Trading Up

Today, in Entrepreneurship and the Hero Adventure at SMU, I had students play a game that was inspired by this article:

Their task: 

Starting with a paperclip, consistently attempt to trade that value for something greater. At the end of class, we will see what you have collected. They each have only 30 minutes.

Today, someone came back with a Continue reading

Artists: Natural Entrepreneurs?

“My second conclusion is that attributes of creative individuals and attributes of entrepreneurs are so similar that even attempting to define a set of predetermined characteristics is a futile exercise”. (1)

This is such a great quote and I would further add that the reason for this is that entrepreneurs are creative individuals. They are creating the “larger vision”. Where a painter might concern themselves with the realization of their creative vision Continue reading