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Drury to host third annual Self-Employment in the Arts Conference: “Turn your passion into a living"

For Immediate Release: February 26

John Schnoebelen
Interim Director, Edwards Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Office: (417) 873-6357

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 26, 2010 — Drury University will host the third annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) OzArts Conference on Saturday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Trustee Science Center. The conference will focus on the business side of pursuing a visual, performing or literary arts career, as well as review fundamental skills necessary for all self-employed artists.

“Artists possess the talent, but they don’t always possess the ability to turn that talent into a profession,” says John Schnoebelen, Interim Director, Edwards Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation “This conference is a way to help self-employed artists turn their passion into a living.”

Speakers include:

  • Musician, John Dillon of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • Visual Artist, Karen Gunderson
  • Composer, Tom Whitlock
  • Social Media expert, Andy Ford
  • Recording studio owner, Nick Sibley

All together the conference will feature 26 visual, literary and performing artists along with experts offering legal and accounting advice.

Throughout the day, attendees will hear from keynote speakers and attend several breakout sessions lead by local artists and/or art industry professionals. Each session will last 45 minutes and cater to individual attendees’ areas of interest. One-on-one sessions will also be available for those seeking further advice.

Members of the community are invited to register for a $50 fee. For more information or to register for the conference, visit


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