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Professionals in the Arts Mentorship Session: It’s All About the Pitch

  • Roger Smith Hotel 501 Lexington Avenue New York, NY, 10017 United States (map)

Join us for a practical mentorship session on how to pitch ideas, business plans, or yourself in the arts sector.

A job interview, writing a grant proposal, convincing your boss of a new project, starting your own business – all of these endeavors require the ability to successfully articulate your vision in a cohesive, engaging and most importantly, convincing way - they require mastering ‘the pitch’. Whether you recognize it or not, you find yourself pitching ideas to people around you regularly.

So what is the best way to convey an idea to an investor? How do you verbalize to a prospective employer that you are the best candidate for the position? What pitching tactics get others enthusiastic about your venture?

Join us for a practical mentorship session on how to pitch ideas, business plans, or yourself in the arts sector. You will learn what works and what doesn’t, how to communicate clearly and effectively, while having the opportunity to practice your own pitch in front of experienced industry professionals who will provide personal and expert feedback.

ORGANIZERS: Young Professionals in the Arts (YPA) and Emerging Leaders in New York Arts (ELNYA), hosted by Roger Smith Hotel.



Madelaine D'Angelo
Founder & CEO at Arthena

A specialist in the intersection of fine art and technology, data analysis of the global art market, and collector behavior, Madelaine D'Angelo founded Arthena to bridge the gap between art advisers and the next generation of great collectors. Her expertise is honed from a multitude of art institutions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Smithsonian. At Harvard, Madelaine specialized in Museums under the guidance of Phillippe de Montebello, the Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to founding Arthena, Madelaine is committed to fostering cross- industry collaboration by using her extensive experience as a strategic adviser for several art and technology ventures. She is a committee member of the American Alliance of Museums, American Association of Appraisers, and International Council of Museums, and is a member of UBS’s innovation team’s fintech think tank. Madelaine is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post. 


Vladimir Vukicevic
Co-founder & CEO of

Vladimir Vukicevic is an entrepreneur and a lifelong believer in the power of art to foster human connection and improve our world. Driven by a vision of tech as a conduit for cultural access, Vladimir’s entrepreneurial pursuits and personal passions converge at the place where creativity meets technology. Vladimir’s commitment to supporting artists and creators began as co-founder and CTO of RocketHub—a crowdfunding platform that helped artists and entrepreneurs raise millions of dollars to support their creative visions. Along with longtime friend Jerry Hu, Vladimir founded Meural in 2013, in response to feedback from artists that sought a dynamic way to share their work with the world. Vladimir continues to support innovation in the arts community as a member of the board of directors for the New York Foundation for the Arts—one of the oldest and most impactful nonprofit arts organizations in the world.

TICKETS: $10 (one drink included)

Top photo by Marcos Luiz on Unsplash