Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Creative Cooperatives in Practice

May 18, 2021, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Topic: Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Online Classes/Webinars


Creative Cooperatives In Practice

with Austin Robey


Part 1 in CCI’s 2-part Intro to Co-ops series for artists and creatives. 
Join us for part 2, Creative Cooperatives Toolbox, on May 25!
(Note: You will need to register separately.)


Cooperatives are businesses that collectively share ownership and are democratically governed. Led by Austin Robey, the co-founder of Ampled, this workshop will be a pragmatic, practitioner-focused guide for how artists and creative entrepreneurs can start and build a cooperative business. Whether you are looking to start a business now, exploring options for an existing practice, or just curious, this workshop will explore the use of alternative shared ownership models to build equitable community-owned businesses.

In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll cover key concepts that distinguish the cooperative model as well as some practical tips for getting one off the ground. You will learn about:

  • Incorporating cooperatives
  • Designing ownership models
  • Financing and resourcing cooperatives
  • Frameworks for decision making
  • Examples creative cooperatives in action

A recording will be made available to those who register, but live participation is encouraged! 


Austin Robey is a co-founder of Ampled, a cooperatively owned web platform that allows musicians to be directly supported by their community. He is interested in the development of alternative economies and building more democratic, equitable, and inclusive online platforms. Austin is a member of NEW INC, the New Museum incubator, as part of the Equitable Platforms track and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and is based in Brooklyn, NY.


Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 4:00-6:00pm PT / 7:00-9:00 ET
Online platform: A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register.
Cost: $5-25 (sliding scale). Please pay what you can afford. Those who are able to afford full price tickets will help subsidize those who cannot.

Questions? Email allison@cciarts.org.

This workshop is made possible with support from:

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This event is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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To enroll in a workshop, you must first become a member of CCI and create a user name and password. CCI membership is free of charge and open to the public.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund on registration fees up to 48 hours prior to workshop date. Fees non-refundable after that date.


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