Get ready to put on a show like you’ve never done before!

You’ve got the talent and skills to go big, and now all you need is your secret weapon – a seasoned producer in your corner showing you the tricks of the trade of how to put on a stellar show.

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The ARTIST BOOTCAMP is a four week online program for independent performing artists to learn how to produce a show like a pro!

Do you have a show ready to go, but struggle with all the producing and marketing tasks that come with it?  Are you ready to step up and take it to the next level but just not sure how?

What if you had a few more tools in your toolkit to expand your knowledge, bridge the gap between making great work and getting fuller houses and discover new directions and aspects of producing you didn’t know before.

If you’re always wondering – “Am I doing this right? Is there a better way?” then this is for you.

This isn’t just a course for your next show; it’s about giving you the skills to a more sustainable career. This is a no BS course to give you the knowledge and information on how to get you to the next level by learning from an independent producer with over 20 years experience.

Hi, I’m Laura Milke-Garner.  I am the Managing Director/Producer at MILKE and creator of the Artist Bootcamp.   I have been working as a Producer for over 20 years in the performing arts and festivals around Australia. I have produced shows for Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Power House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Artplay, Mooseheads, Darwin Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

I work with hundreds of performing artists across comedy, theatre, cabaret and circus and the questions I get asked ALL the time are:

“What steps do I need to take my show to the next level?”
“How do I get more people to come and see my show?”
“How long can I survive doing what I’m doing?”

Trust me I get it, there were no courses or programs when I first started and like so many others I made it up as I went along. I made mistakes, I learnt on the job from show to show how to do it better, bigger but more importantly…smarter.   Now, 20 years down the track and over 1000 different productions, events and festivals under my belt I’ve learned a thing or two and this got me thinking…

Imagine if there was a program that could teach you how to have more clarity and direction in your artistic career, a better understanding of how to get to that next stage and insider knowledge of how to produce your show like a pro.

Seriously…how frigging good would that be?!!

Do you ever wish you had more time, more confidence and connections to get your work out there? Do you feel like you are missing opportunities by simply not knowing which road to take?

Have you done a show recently and thought; “it’s just not worth it” or “I feel like I’m going around in circles and not getting anywhere”? You attempt to get all the producing and publicity components of your show under control but everything just snowballs and you end up stressed, exhausted and frustrated and quite frankly, just want to give up.

YIKES!

Well, good news my friend. Finally, a solution is here.

I created the ARTIST BOOTCAMP by interviewing over fifty artists and asking them what they need skills in, where were the gaps in knowledge and more importantly what do they need help with the most? I have listened and created this unique program for independent artists in the performing arts.

I understand how difficult it can be without a full-time producer or manager in your corner, it can be hard to know where to go, what to do or even who to ask. I get it. This is exactly what this program is designed to do -fill that gap and create a genuine helping hand with someone who has been there and done that.

LIFETIME ACCESS TO AN EXCLUSIVE MEMBERSHIP SITE

Yep, you get a lifetime access to the course, so you have all of these resources on tap whenever you need them. I know everyone is busy, so all modules have been designed with short videos outlined in topics that are easy to complete and more importantly easy to find when you want to access that section when you’re working on your show.  Go at whatever pace suits you.

LIVE GROUP Q&A SESSIONS

In addition to the weekly modules, you’ll get plenty of live support from me, we get to have a chat weekly…no, really! Each week as part of the program there is a LIVE Q&A via online video conference. (check in the FAQ section for dates and times), it’s where you can meet and see everyone in the group, dive into your most burning questions about that week’s module and have invaluable industry discussions. It’s a wonderful way of creating a network of other like-minded artists from around the country.

LIFETIME ACCESS TO A SUPPORTIVE ARTIST NETWORK

You also get a lifetime access to the secret ARTIST BOOTCAMP Facebook Group. An incredible group of like- minded artists in this active, fun and very supportive community. A place to keep the conversation going. You can use this space to brainstorm, ask questions, share ideas and insights.

 

 

HERE'S JUST A TASTE OF WHAT WE'LL COVER IN THE ARTIST BOOTCAMP:

Module1
Getting Your Ducks in A Row

We jump in and get straight to the heart of getting you organised. I know things can get overwhelming when you’re juggling the producing part of a show and then having to also write, director and/or star in it as well so let’s get that sorted.  I will show you how to split your focus from developing the show to working on the business side of show business. We discuss the one technique that works every time in getting more stuff done.  You will learn strategies especially designed for artists to get more time out of your week and how to prioritise your creative projects.

Module2
Producing like a Pro

This week we uncover step by step, everything you need to know about producing fundamentals. I will give you a game plan on how to produce your show better, smarter and more professionally. We look at how to budget correctly for a show, what you need to know about box office reports, how to work out your ticket prices, ways to fund your show and my top 10 producing tips.

Module3
Marketing Your Show

This week’s a biggie as we delve into marketing, advertising, social media & publicity. We look at ways for you to get better results for your marketing and publicity efforts.  We look at what you need to be doing right now on social media, how to talk to the media, where to look for publicity, marketing trends for selling your show in 2018 and where and how to use advertising to get more bang for your buck!  This is all about getting you and your show out there in a big way.

Module4
Pitching your work and getting noticed

The final week we look at strategies on how to pitch yourself and your show to get noticed. What you need to do to sustain the life of the show you have created,  how to develop a pitch document, how to seek other creative opportunities outside of festivals and how to leverage yourself to opportunities in the industry. 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

Any self-producing independent artist in the performing arts who knows they have a good show but just lack the skills on how to get it out there to a bigger audience and get the industry to notice.

THE DO-IT-YOURSELF-ER You are willing to get your hands dirty, do what it takes and soak up the knowledge

THE I NEED A PERSON IN MY CORNER You want to be supported and know that you're on the right track

THE AMBITIOUS You know that knowledge is power and want to be best the artist you can be.

THE EXCITED You think this sounds like exactly what you have been looking for and wanna jump straight in

The ARTIST BOOTCAMP is a unique program designed specially for independent artists in the performing arts. This isn’t just a course for your next show. It’s about giving you the skills to a more sustainable career.

YES! I WANT IN!

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Good question.  If you want to sign up right now, just scroll down to the bottom of the page and book in. Too easy!  If you would like a bit more information to work out if the course is a right fit for you, no worries,  check out the questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Artist Bootcamp start and how does it work?

This the final round for 2017.

 

Round 14 – 2017
Week 1 – Monday 6 November
Week 2 – Monday 13 November
Week 3 – Monday 20 November
Week 4 – Monday 27 November

All LIVE Q&A group video sessions are weekly on Thursdays 8pm – 9pm.

All the course content is contained online in a password protected private membership site, which you’ll be prompted to join once you enrol in the Artist Bootcamp. Each week you’ll receive an email when new content is added to the private membership area.  Keep in mind, you get a lifetime access so there is no falling behind, you can go at your own pace.

Is this course right for me?

The Artist Bootcamp is for any independent artists who knows they have a good show but just lack the skills on how to get it out there to a bigger audience and get the industry to notice.

Need more help? If you nod your head on any of the following dot points then I think you and I both know this is the right course for you!

  • You want to put on the best show you can
  • You want to make your work sustainable
  • You want better results from your marketing and publicity efforts
  • You want to loose the stress of putting on a show
  • You want a game plan of where to next
  • You want to be surrounded and supported by an amazing group of other independent artists who get what you’re going through
  • You want to learn from an experience and supportive producer
Can you teach me how to make lots of money on my shows?

Unfortunately there is no Golden Ticket.   No producer has a foolproof way of ensuring a show makes money every time. However, what we can do is show you ways in which you can put strategies into place to assist you in building your shows.

I can't join this round but I want to know about the next round?

No worries at all.  We would LOVE to have you in the Bootcamp but realise the timing might not be right for you at the moment.  If you want us to email you when the next round is on offer just email info@milke.com.au and I will put you on the waiting list.  Yah!

I have more questions, who should I contact?

No problem, we are more than happy to answer any other questions you have about the course.  Email us at info@milke.com.au and we’ll get back to you shortly!

This all looks good but is this really worth it? I feel like I know some of this stuff, what am I really going to get out of it?

Good question so lets cut to the chase.    I can’t begin to tell you how much you are going to get from this. Sure, there is excellent content, but it’s so much more than that.   The number of resources, mentoring, contacts and guidance you get access to are priceless and you won’t find this content anywhere else.

It has all been tailored for you as an independent artist. Being able to talk with other artists and producers who have been there done that and know that you are not alone is super important…and just quietly, you get heaps of bonus FREE training and tips and tricks all year round in our Facebook group.

Remember this is an investment in YOU and your creative work.

So, are you in?

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN! The final round for 2017 kicks off on Monday 6 November.

One-Off Payment
$497 +GST

Exclusive Membership Site Access

Four weekly modules

Four Weekly live group video coaching

Amazing worksheets & templates created exclusively for artists

Lifetime access to the course

Three Bonus training modules

Lifetime Access to the amazing tribe on our private Facebook group

SIGN UP
6 x Weekly Payment Plan
6 x $85 +GST

Exclusive Membership Site Access

Four weekly modules

Four Weekly live group video coaching

Amazing worksheets & templates created exclusively for artists

Lifetime access to the course

Three Bonus training modules

Lifetime Access to the amazing tribe on our private Facebook group

SIGN UP

DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT, SEE WHAT OTHER ARTISTS HAVE TO SAY!

"I love writing and performing shows. I had no idea about anything on the other side. If you're a performer of any kind who wants a better understanding of how to get as many people as possible to see your show, do this course. It's impossible to regret it".

"The Artist Bootcamp is an important tool for any independent artist. Laura shares things that will take years and money to learn through trial and error in a clear and accessible way. As an independent artist, I think it is easy to feel alone, and sharing your dreams, concerns and learning new skills with a group of other like-minded people is quite empowering"

"The Artist Bootcamp helped me discover all the things I didn't even know I wasn't doing. The course is extra helpful to artist/producers as it gives you a path to follow which ensures you are doing all the 'paper work' side of producing shows. It makes you feel like you have given your show everything you possibly could to help it get out there"

THE ARTIST BOOTCAMP IS AN INFORMATIVE, SUPPORTIVE, NO BS PROGRAM THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO MOVE FORWARD. ARE YOU IN?

One-Off Payment
$497 +GST

Exclusive Membership Site Access

Four weekly modules

Four Weekly live group video coaching

Amazing worksheets & templates created exclusively for artists

Lifetime access to the course

Three Bonus training modules

Lifetime Access to the amazing tribe on our private Facebook group

SIGN UP
6 x Weekly Payment Plan
6 x $85 +GST

Exclusive Membership Site Access

Four weekly modules

Four Weekly live group video coaching

Amazing worksheets & templates created exclusively for artists

Lifetime access to the course

Three Bonus training modules

Lifetime Access to the amazing tribe on our private Facebook group

SIGN UP