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Hey, kids! The Council of Smaller Enterprises Arts Network is taking applications for its 2nd annual Arts Business and Innovation Awards, which come with a $1,000 cash prize. If you've got an artistic venture less than three years old that you run like a small business, and if you're incorporated or in the process, you're eligible to apply in a category called Young Arts Entrepreneurs. The awards recognize "a unique point of intersection between the art and business worlds." You can apply yourself or someone else can nominate you. Deadline is March 2. Other categories, each also eligible for a $1,000 prize, include Individual Artist and Arts Business. COSE Arts Network will also recognize an Arts and Culture Community Champion, a person or business that has been a significant ally to the arts community. Awards will be presented in a ceremony at the Cleveland Play House April 23. For information, go to cosearts.org.

Speaking of the arts-business link, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) has announced its Spring 2009 Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute, a weekend workshop to be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 13-15 at the Gallery at Trinity Commons (2230 Euclid Ave.). The idea is that an artist trying to sell work - be it a performance or a tangible product - is a small business that faces many of the same challenges as other small businesses (like finding affordable health care), plus some that are unique. The Artist as Entrepreneur Institute will teach up to 50 participants how to navigate health care, manage taxes, and promote and sell their work. CPAC and COSE will answer questions about AEI at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the COSE offices (100 Public Square, Suite 210). Tuition is $150, but discounts are available. For information, go to cpacbiz.org.

Many artists and musicians have no health insurance, so they take advantage of services at the Free Clinic. At 9 p.m. Friday, some of them are giving back, with an event co-hosted by the Beachland Ballroom and Waterloo 7 Gallery. Gallery owner Jerry Schmidt and 10 other artists have donated works that will be raffled at the Beachland (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124, beachlandballroom.com), while four bands - Oldboy, Sparrows and Arrows, Tastycakes and Beardo Bandini - perform. Cover: $7. There's an afterparty across the street at Waterloo 7 Gallery (16006 Waterloo Rd., 239.293.9548) with more art for sale and 10 percent of proceeds donated to the Free Clinic.

More by Michael Gill

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