Q: What’s the deal with Zoo Labs, and what is LEARN?
A: Zoo Labs started in Oakland, CA in 2013 with a vision to build startup entrepreneurship infrastructure that did not exist around artists. Since then, Zoo Labs has run 26 residencies, assembling a strong and vibrant community of artists and mentors. Our alums have reported raising on average $30,000 for their small businesses and were able to hire an average of 10 people. In 2021 we transitioned to a fully virtual organization, translating our in-person accelerator curriculum into free online creative entrepreneurship courses, called Zoo Labs: LEARN. This new library of artist-tailored educational content will remove barriers to access, dramatically expanding our capacity to help educate & invest in more artists.
Q: Who are the Zoo Labs: LEARN courses for?
A: Musicians, artists, managers, indie labels, and anyone ready to turn their artistic practice into a sustainable business.
Q: How much does a Zoo Labs course cost?
A: It’s free of charge! We know how inaccessible and expensive education and skill development can be. Our goal is to remove as many roadblocks as possible so you can gain the highest degree of self development.
Q: Who teaches Zoo Labs courses?
A: A plethora of entrepreneurship experts, Bay Area artists, industry pros, and long-time Zoo Labs mentors. If you're interested in teaching please fill out our "Pitch to be a LEARN Instructor" form.
Q: What do I get for completing a Zoo Labs course?
A: Tons of new knowledge. More confidence. A huge professional advantage… and a certificate of completion!
Q: I have a suggestion for a subject not covered in the current course offerings - how can I share it?
A: We love hearing what you want to learn. Please email us at [email protected] with subject: “LEARN course suggestion”
Q: How long does it take to complete a course?
A: On average, each course has about 45 minutes of video content with your instructor. The activities, worksheets, and practices will take you longer - think of them as on-going exercises as you continue to learn & build. This isn’t passive learning you can just turn on and ignore - be prepared to give your focus and take full advantage of the experiential elements designed for you to apply to your own life and art.
Q: Do I have to take all of the courses?
A: No, you can choose which courses interest you. BUT, if you want to be a super star and start leveling up your business, we suggest you enroll in all the courses.