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April 23, 2013
Enterprise Toronto's Small Business Arts Forum
Today, Enterprise Toronto presented its seventh annual Small Business Arts Forum at the North York Civic Centre. The event featured internationally recognized musician Michie Mee, a crowdfunding panel discussion, seminars and roundtable discussions with art industry professionals.

"This event demonstrates Toronto's commitment to help our arts businesses reach their full potential," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "The arts and culture sector is a significant contributor to Toronto's economy, and supporting the sector is a key component of our economic development strategy."

Juno-nominated rapper Michie Mee shared her music business insights during the keynote presentation called "The Journey Rap Reggae Rocked Mee". Her innovative mix of reggae and dancehall with hip-hop has resulted in two decades of entertainment industry success.

Earlier in the day, a panel of film, music and fashion crowdfunding experts explored the viability of, and tactics behind, this new method of fundraising for artists.

Ashley Proctor shared her experiences on how artists can be creatively and financially successful. A practising artist, founder of Creative Blueprint, and manager of the Foundery, Proctor effectively guides many Toronto artists to business success.

The Small Business Arts Forum annually features some of Toronto’s most innovative and successful practitioners in the city's arts and culture sector. This educational, skill-building and networking event is geared toward Toronto artists and cultural businesses to increase their awareness and access to business support and resources.

Produced and presented by Enterprise Toronto, the Small Business Arts Forum is an initiative of the City of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Division.

More event information is available at: http:///

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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