Arts Finance Training Program

Get trained in nonprofit arts finance in our 5-week virtual program. Apply by February 28!
2021 Program Information

Arts Finance Training Program takes place March 15, 2021 – April 16, 2021. All sessions take place from 12 – 3PM PST via Zoom.

Applicants must be able to commit to the following dates:


  • Monday, March 15
  • Tuesday, March 16
  • Wednesday, March 17


  • Monday, March 22
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Friday, March 26


  • Monday, March 29
  • Wednesday, March 31
  • Friday, April 2


  • Monday, April 5
  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Friday, April 9


  • Monday, April 12
  • Wednesday, April 14
  • Friday, April 16
Training Topics
  • Introduction to the Bay Area Arts Finance Ecosystem
  • Financial Terms & Literacy
  • General Bookkeeping Principles
  • Accounting Software & Platforms
Materials Provided
  • Computer
  • Google Drive
  • Trello
  • Quickbooks Online Subscription 
  • Microsoft Excel

Yesenia Sanchez

Yesenia has 20 years of experience working with artists and arts organizations in many capacities. She has been an interim director, finance manager, administrative and program director, and executive coach and consultant. She is a finance trainer and coach for the Center for Cultural Innovation and is a featured author in the Business of Art© book, authoring the chapter on financial literacy for artists. Previously, she ran one of the largest artist incubation programs in the country at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. She is a founding member of C2Arts – Consultants and Coaches for the Arts, a community of practice. She received her coaching training in 2009 through the Coaching & Philanthropy Project’ Coach Training Pilot Program, where she and 40 other national non-profit leaders were awarded the opportunity to receive coaching training and to be a part of a year long cohort exploring the value of the coaching model in non-profit environments and in under-served communities. Yesenia specializes in business and finance coaching for individual artists, in addition to financial management, fundraising and development, facilitation, executive coaching and team building for arts organizations.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to by Sunday, February 28!


This program will train 4 entry level bookkeepers in the field of nonprofit arts finance. Over 5 weeks we will introduce trainees to the basics of bookkeeping for an arts nonprofit, from financial literacy, to reporting, to software.

This program is intended to increase general competency in the field of nonprofit arts finance among artists, arts workers, and cultural practitioners for the benefit of the sector, as well as teach trainees the necessary skills to be hired as an apprentice to Intersection’s Arts Financial Services (AFS) program.

Learning Objectives
  • Trainee will gain a general understanding of the arts finance ecosystem
  • Trainee will learn entry level nonprofit bookkeeping skills
  • Trainee will demonstrate a basic understanding of key financial terms and nonprofit financial reporting
  • Trainee will be trained in and demonstrate entry level skills in key financial software

Participants will receive $25 per hour for each hour of training.

Participant Profile
  • Practicing artist, arts worker or arts and culture background
  • Desire to begin a career in arts finance and bookkeeping
  • Critical thinker
  • Detail oriented
  • Basic computer skills (MAC / PC)
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Google Drive
  • LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC encouraged to apply


This program is funded in part by the San Francisco Arts Commission.