2023 Arts Business Competition Call for Submissions Now Open to All Full-Time UW–Madison Students

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Arts Business Competition is currently accepting proposal submissions through Monday, March 6, 2023 until 5 p.m. CST. The competition was created in 2009 to encourage UW–Madison students to develop and present a thorough proposal for an arts event, exhibition, performance, series, commercial venture or other artistic project focused on all forms of art .

Students submit their proposals, which are reviewed by a group of judges for creativity, innovation, potential success and added value to the arts. Proposals must be submitted by at least one currently enrolled full-time UW–Madison student, and all majors are welcome to apply. The finalists compete for the first-place prize of $2,000. Second place is $1,000 and third place is $500. An emerging artist award for a proposal led by an undergraduate student and an audience award will also be available. 

On Wednesday, April 26, 2023 starting at 3 p.m. CST, the top scored finalists will present their proposals on campus in front of a panel of judges and an audience. Finalists have until May 2024 to implement their ideas.

The Arts Business Competition is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts in partnership with the Wisconsin School of Business Bolz Center for Arts Administration. Funding for the 2023 Arts Business Competition is provided by the Brittingham Wisconsin Trust.

More details including the proposal requirements, timelines and lists of previous finalists can be found by visiting go.wisc.edu/ArtsBusinessCompetition.