Education & Training
- 7 Essential Tools to Empower Artists as Entrepreneurs: tips about communication strategies, legal issues, digital marketing, fundraising, and more (June 2019, Americans for the Arts).
- Artists Legacy Toolkit (Dance/USA): free, downloadable toolkit designed particularly for dancers to help performing artists and their organizations save and share the records of their work.
- Artists U: grassroots planning and professional development program run by and for artists.
- Chicago Artists Coalition: educational workshops through their “Field Work” series for artists.
- Chicago Artists Resource: professional development webinars, online articles and a “Survival Guide” for artists and creative entrepreneurs.
- Chicago Dancemakers Forum: periodically offers professional development workshops, or other career-building initiatives, for dancemakers.
- Chicago Sculpture International: provides opportunities for advancement and growth to professional sculptors.
- Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+): provides direct services and links to other resources, including financial management, marketing, loan programs, legal issues, and business workshops.
- Creating a Living Legacy (CALL): an initiative of the Joan Mitchell Foundation designed to support artists in the areas of studio organization, estate planning, archiving, inventory management, and more.
- Creative Capital: through online and in-person trainings, this national organization provides career, community, and confidence building tools to help artists become successful artists.
- Creativz: an online conversation about what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers.
- Inclusion in the Arts: lists resources designed specifically for artists of color and/or artists with disabilities in the performing arts (although of use and interest to every artist).
- NALAC Resource Guide: 2017 updated list of professional development resources published by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).
- Respectful Audience Surveying Toolkit: a free, open-source toolkit designed to demystify and simplify on-site survey research to help small and not-so-small museums, arts organizations, and other public-engagement enterprises gather high-quality demographic information about their audiences.
- Self-Employment in the Arts: conferences, workshops, panels, webinars, etc for artists in all disciplines.
- The Best Digital Tools to Boost Your Artistic Practice: a list of recommendations published by the Fractured Atlas Blog, on everything from project and financial management tools, to digital portfolios and promotional tools.
- Work of Art Toolkit:a free, online 12-part workbook and video series from Springboard for the Arts that guides artists of all disciplines through every facet of building a successful and sustainable career – from career planning, time management, marketing, and social media to pricing, recordkeeping, funding, and developing a business plan.
The Studio Protector: Artists’ Guide to Emergencies is an online toolkit (also available in print) developed by the Coalition for Artists’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, and now managed by CERF+. It provides comprehensive tips on safeguarding, disaster planning, clean-up, salvage, and rebounding, that are relevant and easily transferable to artists working in many different disciplines.
Getting the Right Insurance Coverage informs uninsured artists about the world of small business insurance and helps artists navigate the insurance industry to get adequate protection.
Here are some local providers of insurance, geared specifically to artists:
- Fractured Atlas: insurance for individual artists and arts organizations
- Links Hall: as part of their fiscal sponsorship program, Links also provides insurance
- The Actors Fund: provides personal health insurance guidance, solutions-based health care counseling, experience-based health referrals, and more.
The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artists’ residencies— a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.