Business Practices | Career Development
The Teaching Artist Journal
Edited by the Center for Arts Policy, this journal has been published since 2003 four times a year by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. An authoritative, timely, ongoing professional development resource for teaching artists.
Career Development – Organizations
Arts Extension Service
a University of Massachusetts program, offers nationally‐recognized professional development opportunities for artists + arts administrators.
National Association of Independent Artists
Enhances the economic well‐being of people who exhibit their work at high‐quality outdoor and indoor art and/or fine craft shows, encourage creative expression and artistic excellence, and expand public awareness, appreciation, and acquisition of fine art and fine craft. The website has Tips Boards that allow members and visitors to submit information acquired from many years in the profession.
Career Development: Other Resources
Why Are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts.
Economist and artist Hans Abbing answers the title question by analyzing the economics of the art world, and by analyzing the psychology of artists. Briefly: the art market is irrational, and artists tend to be more motivated than most people by internal rewards such as pride in a job well done than external ones such as status and paychecks. Artists are also prone to a gambler mentality that hopes for easy success and is not good at weighing the benefits, costs and risks of certain behaviors.
The Artist Help Network
is a free information service designed to help artists take control of their careers. It assists in locating information, resources, guidance, and advice on a comprehensive range of career‐related topics. The network focuses primarily on subjects of interest to fine artists. People working in the applied arts, arts administration, and arts‐related fields will also find this site useful.
Arts Resource Network
Comprehensive information and resources for artists’ professional development.
Artist’s Professional Toolbox
Career development program offered by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts that empowers practicing visual artists with the skills and confidence they need to master the business challenges of being an artist.
An informative artists’ blog maintained by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul.
This book is great for someone who needs a broad overview of the fundamentals of creating a career as a freelance artist. It is basically a checklist of what you need to know and do to be successful as a self‐employed artist, in other words: the business side of art.
The Pauper | The Artrepeneur
The brainchild of three “starving artists,” all of whom were working in the financial planning industry and saw the desperate need for such services in the artist and creative communities. Originally started as an online newsletter in 2000, The Pauper has since grown to become the premiere website for helping artists with their money and finances.
Making it up as we go along: Reflections from artists learning to teach.
Financial Management: Organizations
Alliance for Affordable Services
Nonprofit association representing small business owners and individuals nationwide. Membership provides benefits and services that help drive down the cost of running a business. Benefits include affordable health insurance, credit and debit card processing, professional liability protection, as well as other business services.
(Commercial site) is a loan administration company that manages interpersonal loans between relatives, friends, and other private parties. With its unique experience in facilitating and servicing private loans between relatives and friends, the company has developed a set of automated loan administration protocols that lowers the default rate on private loans by more than half and provides clients with the ability to reduce the costs and hassle of loan management. CircleLending provides document preparation services, customized repayment schedules, billing and payment collection, and ancillary services such as year‐end tax statements, mortgage recording, escrow administration, and web‐enabled payment tracking.
Small Business Service Bureau
is a national small business organization whose members are self‐employed. They offer members business overhead insurance for home‐based businesses as well as other types of insurance.
Financial Management: Other Resources
Money Drunk, Money Sober: 90 Days to Financial Freedom.
This eye‐opening book, co‐authored by Julia Cameron, author of the classic The Artist’s Way, is essential reading for all activists. It discusses the ways people make themselves poorer, focusing on common dysfunctional attitudes towards money: Compulsive Spender, Big Deal Chaser, Maintenance Money Drunk, Poverty Addict, and Cash Codependent. The book also offers a plan for recovering from poverty.
Developed by two brothers hoping to educate, enrich, and amuse individual investors around the world. Since then, the Fool has become and even more expansive resource. The site has a number of how‐to guides such as How to Get out of Debt and How to Plan the Perfect Retirement.
Collaborative effort to create a stable, yet dynamic environment for Massachusetts artists. It provides individual artists, developers, and municipalities with information and technical assistance and by advocating for relevant policy changes at the state level.
Access to Health Insurance
Online database of health insurance resources for artists and individuals in the entertainment industry as well as for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care, and many others. The project was created by The Actors’ Fund of America with a grant from the NEA.
The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science
Comprised of individuals from the healthcare and dance community. The organization provides continuing education for the dance and medical communities as well as the general public regarding efficient training for dance, correct physical conditioning to prevent illness and injury resulting from dance activity, proper nutrition for the dancer, and appropriate treatment and rehabilitation for dance‐related injuries. IADMS accomplishes this goal through informative meetings, publications, and audio‐visual resources.
American Federation of Musicians
Offers professional liability and equipment insurance.
Teaching artists and groups or organizations of teaching artists who are members of Fractured Atlas ($75/year) can purchase annual general liability insurance at extremely competitive rates. Coverage for studio/office space, property/artwork, and worker’s comp can also be requested in the same application
Answers for Dancers
Provides industry‐wide dance audition listings that can be accessed on the Answers for Dancers website for a monthly subscription fee. Auditions are updated weekly and also include choreography opportunities and teaching jobs. Subscribers and nonsubscribers can access other career‐related information on the Answers for Dancers website
An online database of career, education, and employment opportunities at museums, art galleries, educational institutions, arts organizations, and businesses related to the visual arts. There is payment required to search the listings—you can subscribe for three, six, or twelve months.
An online resource of national job listings, internships, grants, public art projects, and residencies. You can search by region, art discipline, and type of organization. ArtJob provides career information in all areas of the arts, including visual arts, performing arts, commercial art and design firms, film, public arts agencies, academic arts positions, galleries, internships, fellowships, conferences, commissions, and more.
A comprehensive list of sites from Artslynx that lists work opportunities for artists and arts administrators.
Career Transition for Dancers
A nonprofit career counseling organization for professional dancers. CTFD provides dancers with the knowledge and skills necessary to clearly define their career possibilities after dance, and provides the resources to help make these possibilities a reality.
FreelanceWriting.com has a career center job bank that lists employment opportunities for writers, journalists, public relations pros, and researchers. The career center also has other searchable databases relevant to job hunting and networking.
The Americans for the Arts job listings.
National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
NAMAC’s free online job bank lists employment openings in film, video, audio, and online/multimedia arts. Online users can also sign‐up for eBULLETin a free bi‐weekly email newsletter of media‐related action alerts, job openings in the media arts, upcoming NAMAC events and other NAMAC news and media resources.
Legal Issues: Organizations
Artists Rights Society www.arsny.com is a copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the US. ARS represents the intellectual property rights interests of visual artists and estates of visual artists (painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, and others) and works on their behalf to negotiate with clients in a variety of domains (publishing, merchandise, advertising, motion pictures, etc.). ARS also actively lobbies state and federal legislatures for stronger and more effective artists’ rights laws. Revenues from reproduction and license fees are paid to members on a semi‐annual basis. ARS legal experts are available to respond to members’ inquiries regarding their rights at any time.
Creative Commons www.creativecommons.org offers a flexible copyright for creative work. More specifically, the organization helps define the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright—“all rights reserved”—and the public domain—“no rights reserved.” Creative Commons offers free licenses that help you retain your copyright while allowing certain uses of your artwork— a “some rights reserved” copyright.
U.S. Copyright Office www.copyright.gov offers information on registering for a copyright, searching copyright records, copyright law and policy, and licensing. It also includes Copyright Basics and Frequently Asked Questions http://www.copyright.gov/faq.html .
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in each state provides free legal services, advice and education programming to artists and cultural organizations. The VLA accomplishes its mission through the work attorneys who volunteer their time and services to provide legal counsel, education, and organizational support to the arts community.
Legal Issues: Other Resources
A Guide to the Visual Artists Rights Act http://www.law.harvard.edu/faculty/martin/art_law/esworthy.htm Authored by Cynthia Esworthy, this online document offers clarification on the Visual Artists Rights Act.
New York Foundation for the Arts. Business of Art Articles. http://www.nyfa.org/login.asp?id=8 Extensive collection of articles related to artists’ business practices.
New York Foundation for the Arts. Chalkboard. http://www.nyfa.org/login.asp?id=8 A newsletter especially designed for teaching artists.
The Law Portal. http://www.thelawportal.info/ A site funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to provide legal primers for artists and arts organizations.
RentLaw.com www.rentlaw.com Rentlaw.com is an online resource of information for tenants and landlords, including landlord/tenant laws, renter’s insurance, security deposits, and rights by state.
Starving Artist http://www.starvingartistslaw.com/ addresses legal issues (and much more!).
Teaching Artist Source http://www.nyfa.org/login.asp?id=8 An online information service and telephone/email hotline for teaching artists. Use this service to find information on grants, services, and publications specifically for teaching artists on the local, regional, state, and national level.
Association of Performing Arts Presenters www.artspresenters.org is a membership organization dedicated to bringing performing artists and audiences together. It provides visionary thinking, professional development, resource sharing, and advocacy, in support of its members and all those who create and disseminate the performing arts. The organization offers members technical assistance for visa processing, presents professional development and training seminars, and holds a major annual conference, among other benefits.
Marketing Curriculum: TeachersPayTeachers.com (Commercial Site)
MatchBook.org is an online cultural marketplace that brings together New England’s performing and teaching artists and the people and organizations who hire them. This free website features an easy‐to‐search directory of performing and teaching artists, performance spaces and presenting organizations, designed to MATCH artists with the people who BOOK them.
Modern Postcard www.modernpostcard.com ( commercial site) provides full‐color postcard printing in a variety of sizes with quick turnaround times. They have trim, fold, score, and perforating bindery capabilities, as well as direct mailing services.
PsPrint www.psprint.com (commercial site) is a digital printing company offering fast, high‐quality, and economical four color printing of catalogs, invitations, posters, postcards, greeting cards, flyers, brochures, and more. The PsPrint website features instant pricing and ordering, real‐time order status information, and online upload, preview, and approval of artwork.
An excellent guide for musicians from, of all places, New Zealand.
Teaching Artist‐Related Organizations | Featured Resource
Artslynx www.artslynx.org is a portal website that includes curated directories of links to arts resources on the web. The directory includes links for the literary, media, performing, and visual arts and covers funding, technical resources, equipment and supplies, magazines and journals, as well as relevant education, organization, criticism, and research links. There are sections on arts advocacy, arts administration, and arts empowerment
Arts Resource Network www.artsresourcenetwork.net The Arts Resource Network’s website provides professional growth and development information for artists of all disciplines. A service of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in Seattle, the site includes links and information on national grant and award opportunities, arts education, community arts, public art, and employment resources.
The Association of Teaching Artists http://www.teachingartists.com/ strengthens and serves teaching artists from all disciplines. It strives to create a community of professional teaching artists by: empowering the practice of teaching artists as a profession; providing a network for communication and the exchange of resources; shaping the field of Arts in Education; and providing advocacy, training, and professional development. ATA is particularly notable for its timely bulletins.
Fractured Atlas. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/
New York‐based Fractured Atlas is a non‐profit that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Their programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering support to the artists who produce it. They help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their independent spirit. They have an extensive
job bank. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/prodev/jobbank/browse
Pew Fellowships PFA created the Artists’ Resource Guide as a service to the artists in Philadelphia. Since its inception, PFA has been compiling and sharing information on resources for artists nationwide. In addition, PFA has engaged nationally on issues concerning artists’ support. An extensive list of resources.
The Fund for Women Artists www.womenarts.org is committed to increasing the employment and diversity of women in theatre, film, and video. The organization seeks to challenge gender and other stereotypes
International Theatre Institute of the United States http://www.tcg.org/grants/ataglance.cfm provides a Travel Grants program, funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Over a two‐year period it awards a total of 30 theatre professionals (artists, administrators, or educators) $2,500 each, to support travel costs in either direction between the U.S. and Russia or Central/Eastern Europe, offering individuals exposure to different cultural traditions and contemporary theatre techniques as well as the opportunity to work with artists in another country.
National Endowment for the Arts http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Artsed.html is committed to providing leadership in arts education. The arts are an essential component of education, and all children, not only those with specific artistic talent, benefit from an education in the arts including opportunities to create, perform, and communicate through various artistic media. The Arts Endowment’s focus is on identifying and supporting model programs and projects that provide in‐depth knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts to children and youth in schools and communities.
Poetry Society of America www.poetrysociety.org is a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering and promoting poetry in the U.S. The PSA sponsors 12 annual award contests, with the aim of encouraging and rewarding excellence in poetry by both new and established poets. There is also a Chapterbook Contest in which four renowned poets each choose a winning chapbook manuscript for publication and distribution by the Poetry Society of America. Winners receive $1,000.
Theatre Communications Group www.tcg.org strengthens, nurtures, and promotes the professional nonprofit American theatre. Artistic programs support theatres and theatre artists by awarding grants and offering career development programs for artists. Management Programs provide professional development opportunities for theatre leaders through workshops, conferences, forums, and publications, as well as through industry research on the finances and practices of the American not‐for‐profit theatre. TCG’s publications include American Theatre magazine, the ArtSEARCH employment bulletin, plays, translations, and theatre reference books.