Free resources for artists

Wednesday Oct 19th, 2016

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Art has always been a vehicle of change and in direct response to society by examining, interpreting and influencing social and political currents as well as historical and cultural contexts. How can artists help us find the language, process information, and see the world through a new lens?
Here’s a list of resources and additional information about today’s most vocal art practitioners. 

Alliance of Artists Communities- Residency Tips
A series of tips for selecting the right residency for your creative practice, how to apply, monetary concerns, and other issues surrounding residencies.

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts has a multitude of resources on its website. If you scroll down to the bottom of the homepage, you can navigate by program or topic, among other options. Research reports are available for download, notably their Arts & Economic Prosperity report. AFTA also publishes a variety of e-newsletters on different topics, a database of research reports, and Art Link Magazine (available only to AFTA members). They also have a searchable directory of arts organizations, including state and local commissions, which includes contact information.

Americans for the Arts- Webinars
A series of live webinars, free to Americans for the Arts members and for a small cost to non-members, which are later archived and can be watched at any time. Upcoming webinars include: branding, cultural districts, social justice, employee engagement, and many more. Archived webinars include: corporate social responsibility, creative placemaking, public art, engaging audiences, and many more.

American Society of Journalists and Authors- The Word
A frequently updated bog series with posts by a variety of working authors and journalists covering all aspects of their work from writing tips, how to get and keep freelance assignments, opportunity recognition, and community building, among others.

Artist Trust- Resources
A large list of articles and links to other resources organized by topic, including insurance, finances, and funding

Artists U- Blog
A blog series that covers topics that include grant applications and innovation in the business side of creative practice.

Artists U- Making Your Life as an Artist
A free download of Andrew Simonet’s book, Making Your Life as an Artist, which includes chapters focusing on planning, mission, money and time.

Ask Harriette
A blog by visual artist Harriete Estel Berman: a series of “professional guidelines for the arts community to promote understanding, checklists, and practical solutions for recurring issues in the art and craft community.”

Career Transition for Dancers- Video Career Conversations
Videos, both downloadable and streamable, that are recordings of panel discussions covering topics from starting a business to money management. The live seminars are free and open for dancers to attend (filmed in New York).
Center for Cultural Innovation- Publications and Blog
The publications page has downloadable reports mainly relating to the status of the arts in various California cities. The blog page has an archive of blogs on a wide variety of topics including: immigrant artists, interviews, and marketing.

Chamber Music America- First Tuesdays Video Library
A new video is posted the first Tuesday of each month; these are recordings of live events and cover a wide range of topics regarding the business of a chamber music career. While many of the topics are specific to chamber music artists, there are several that are applicable to all artists (including a time management video from Aaron Landsman, a tax seminar, licensing issues, and grant writing).

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture- Reference Desk
A list of how-to, step by step directions for a variety of necessary facets to running an arts organization or your own creative practice. Includes topics from program evaluation, to marketing, to getting involved with policy makers.

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture- Creative Compass
Step by step guides to the business of creative practice, including developing your business, applying for a job, and developing your craft. There are also links to other resources.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund- Newsletter
A bi-yearly newsletter covering mainly disaster preparedness specific to artists and crafters.

Creative Capital- The Lab
Creative Capital’s blog, featuring posts on upcoming workshops, a series called “Five Questions,” which asks professional artists five questions about the business side of their creative practice, and information and tools for a range of creative business topics.

Creative Many- Research
Most of Creative Many’s research postings are reports on the economic impact of the arts and creative industries, they also have other reports on arts education and links to reports on other arts business topics.

Dramatists Guild- Business Consultation
The Dramatists Guild provides one-on-one business consulting over the phone specifically for authors. Additionally, the website provides sample contracts, information about music publishing and anti-piracy information. You must be a member of the Dramatists Guild for the one-on-one consultations.

Dramatists Guild- DG Academy
Video recordings of seminars and conversations about the craft of writing and the business of being a playwright.

Fractured Atlas- Fractured U
Articles, essays, and annotated links to outside articles, videos and other resources written and collected by Fractured Atlas staff. Organized into major topics, they cover big ideas, entrepreneurship, fundraising, legal issues, and more.
GrantSpace- Knowledge Base
A large database of questions asked by nonprofit practitioners and answered by experts, sorted by category.

GrantSpace- Multimedia
Videos, podcasts, webinars, and more about a variety of topics related to nonprofit management.

GrantSpace- Ask Us
A Live Chat staffed by a Foundation Center reference librarian, available Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm Eastern Time, and ability to email your questions any time. Staff will answer questions about philanthropy, nonprofit management and fundraising; direct you to more resources; and help you search the Foundation Centers databases or other resources.

GrantSpace- Classroom
A large collection of training courses provided online in a variety of methods, including both live and recorded webinars and self paced eLearning. Most of the courses are free, but some cost between $29 and $600. These courses are specifically for nonprofits.

National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture- Telesalons
An archived series of one-hour podcasts focusing on leadership development and capacity building.

National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture- Open Dialogue
Like NAMAC’s telesalons, this program is no longer active but leaves behind a archive of dialogues. Open Dialogue was an online, interactive meeting in which the attendees proposed the topic. The archive includes topics such as: youth media, artist services, and media policy.

National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture- Strategic Planning Toolkit
The toolkit has a short introduction to strategic planning, as well as four nonprofit arts organization’s strategic plans, all with the goal of giving the artist a roadmap to create their own plan.

National Arts Marketing Project- Tools and Resources
A project of Americans for the Arts, NAMP has a tools and resources page with links to their favorite e-books, articles, news stories, videos and practical lessons, all related to marketing the arts.

New York Foundation for the Arts- Business of Art
An online resource library, this website features articles, podcasts, and links to further resources for each topic ranging from careers to technology, as well as an interview series with a variety of artists.

Professional Artist
The website of this low-cost magazine includes freely available blog postings and articles on business topics that are arts specific, ranging from retirement planning, to museum submission, to insurance.

Self Employment in the Arts- Blog!blog/c63c
A blog series with archived posts on topics covering definitions of success, to social media tips, to statistics.

Self Employment in the Arts- Resources!speakers/cfvg
These resources focusing on the business side of artist practice include an eBook (free for SEA members, $4.99 for everyone else), a monthly newsletter, an article database, a video reel, and links to resources from a variety of other places.

Springboard for the Arts- Work of Art Workshops
The Work of Art is a 10 part workshop series on business skills for artists. Each part is 2 ½ hours, you can attend all or select only those you need. Springboard is based in the Twin Cities, MN.

Side Street Projects- Business Practices Podcasts
A best practices podcast featuring three distinct series: What do curators want?; Shop Talk; and Social: How does socially engaged art happen in Los Angeles.

The Actors Fund- Podcast Series
A video podcast series featuring a variety of facets of the business of the arts, their series covers topics such as applying for a job and financial wellness.