Four jurors observe presentation on an overhead projector given by a contestant in the arts business ideas competition

2021 Art Business Ideas Competition now accepting entries

Jonathan Gangi, assistant professor of music and arts entrepreneurship is now accepting entries for the 2021 Arts Business Ideas Competition.

In its sixth year, the competition is the College of Arts and Architecture’s annual showcase of arts entrepreneurship that asks students to present an arts-based business plan that could earn entrants up to $5,000 to develop the concept.

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any major and any Penn State campus. The only requirement is that the business concept is arts-based.  Free-lance, non-profit, for profit, hybrid, and small or large-scale ideas are welcome.

First-round entries are due on Feb. 15 and finalists will be announced on March 8, 2021. The final round will be held during Penn State Startup Week, March 22-26, with the location on the University Park campus and time of the events to be determined.

During the final round, the four finalists will make a 15- minute presentation to a panel of judges and the winners will be announced at a time to be determined. First-place will receive $5,000, second-place will receive $2,500, third-place will receive $1,500 and fourth-place will receive $1,000.

Interested students can click here for contest rules and the application process. All questions and entries can be submitted to Gangi at