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Career Consultation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Career Consultations

What can I expect from a consultation?

What should I bring?

What if I'm running late or I need to reschedule or cancel a consultation?

How many consultations can I schedule?

How many free consultations can I get?

How many people can attend a consultation?

Can I schedule a consultation if I don’t live in Minnesota?

What can I expect from a consultation?Artists meet one-on-one with ACCs for a 1-hour meeting to seek advice, guidance, and direction on the business side of their career as an artist. Springboard ACCs will listen, ask questions, and suggest actions or next steps for the artist, if applicable.

What should I bring?
You don’t need to bring anything with you, though we strongly advise you bring anything you need during the session for taking notes (notebook, digital device). You’re welcome to send your consultant some links, work samples, documents and other materials before you meet, though they may not have time to review them thoroughly.

What if I'm running late or I need to reschedule or cancel a consultation?
Our consultants have varied schedules. Often they meet with multiple artists a day, and occasionally back to back. Arriving on time for your consultation allows us to give every artist their full hour. If you need to cancel or move a consultation, please contact the consultant directly with at least 24 hours notice. If you arrive more than 20 minutes late, it’s possible that we'll ask you to reschedule at the discretion of the consultant. Same-day cancellations or cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice can be rescheduled, but we can’t issue a refund unless there has been a medical or family emergency.

How many consultations can I schedule?
You’re welcome to schedule as many consultations as you are able to afford. If you would like to schedule additional consultations with a different consultant, please fill out another consultation request form. If you’d like to schedule additional consultations with the same consultant, please contact Springboard staff and we’ll get you connected.

How many free consultations can I get?
Every Minnesota artist is eligible for at least one free 1-hour consultation. Beyond that, almost all Minnesota artists are eligible to receive additional free consultation time through our underwriting partners. The amount of free consultation time will vary depending on if an artist is a member of one of our priority groups (BIPOC, Native, artists with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, or an artist living in a rural area) and how many hours are still available in the program, among other factors. If an artist is not eligible through our underwriting partners, or has already taken advantage of their available free consultation time, consultations are available on a sliding scale from $50 - $125 for a one-hour consultation. Caveats: artists living in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Scott, or Washington counties may not be eligible for free consultation time after the first free hour. Check with Springboard staff to confirm.

How many people can attend a consultation?
Consultations work best one-on-one. We can meet with small groups of 2-3 collaborators working together on a single project (artists, support staff, etc). If you have a larger group and would like to work with Springboard to present a workshop or presentation, please fill out the form here, and we’ll get in touch with a quote.

Can I schedule a consultation if I don’t live in Minnesota?
Because we are based in Minnesota and our consultants are most familiar with professional opportunities and resources here, the majority of our consultations are with Minnesota artists, or with artists living in neighboring states (ND, SD, IA or WI). However, we are able to meet remotely with artists outside Minnesota and bordering communities (Fargo-Moorhead, the St. Croix River Valley of Wisconsin, Sioux Falls, SD) on a case-by-case basis, depending on the topics the artists wishes to cover. In these cases, we require an hourly payment of $50 or more.

Springboard would like to thank MN DEED, LISC and Elevate Business Hennepin County for underwriting free Artist Career Consultations for artists and creative businesses across Minnesota. Register for a consultation for details!

Questions about the Professional Development program?

Program Manager, Professional Development

Questions about scheduling a consultation?

Office Coordinator
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