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Issues and Inspiration

A study for all Mid-Career Artists

24-3-cover_fail-fail-bigTo Fail and Fail Big – A Study of Mid-Career Artists, Success and Failure

Follow this link to find the free e-book from The Field: http://www.thefield.org/p-906-to-fail-and-fail-big.aspx

Founded by artists for artists, The Field is dedicated to providing strategic services to thousands of performing artists and companies in New York City and beyond. We foster creative exploration, steward innovative management strategies, and are delighted to help artists reach their fullest potential.

Check out Eleanor Whitney’s new book, Grow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quit your job!

Grow CoverGrow: How to take your do it yourself project and passion to the next level and quit your job! is a practical field guide for creative people with great ideas for independent projects that shows the way to success and sustainability on one’s own terms. Whether their projects are based in independent publishing, music, food, art, craft, activism or community work, Grow enables readers to clarify their project vision, get organized, set goals, create a plan, raise funds for, market, and manage their do-it-yourself project.…

Mirabee Shares Her Tips for Finding the Money to Fund Your Dreams

Artist INC’s favorite art grant/fellowship/residencies/resources blogger Mirabee recently did a talk on opportunities for writers and others in the arts.  It’s online now and one of the best talks we’ve seen on the subject.  You don’t want to miss this one.  It’s 1 1/2 hours long, but worth every minute.  So, grab a bowl of popcorn and fire up your laptop.  This is one all artists should watch.

To view the talk from Ashland University click here.

And don’t forget to check out Mirabee’s blog, Mira’s List.…

A Big (and Inspirational) View of the Arts in the 21st Century

Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Foundation, delivers a barn-burner of an inspirational speech on the promise and challenges of the performing arts in the 21st century:

Artists and Healthcare

With the upholding of the Affordable Care Act by the Supreme Court last week, a number of articles have popped up about the impact of the ACA on artists.  Here’s a round-up:

Adam Huttler, Founder and Executive Director of Fractured Atlas, weighs in at the Huffington Post:

“…it is an especially welcome development for the nation’s two million artists.

Our community offers a preview of the 21st century labor force. Untethered by traditional employment relationships, artists are mobile, independent, and compensated based on the fruits of their intellectual labors.

A History of Arts Entrepreneurship

If you want a good retrospective (actually the only retrospective we know about) of artist-driven spaces and projects in Kansas City, take a look at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Living Archive, part of their 15th-anniversary Frontier exhibition project.  Descriptions, video interviews, press archives, and digital ephemera from  Kansas City’s artist entrepreneurship over the past two three decades.  Much information about the past and lots of good information (and lessons) for the future!



The Value of Free Admission

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a fascinating article on Mixed Blood Theater’s new free admission program. Turns out, there’s a whole lot of unexpected value in offering free tickets, including new audiences and new donors.

Most important for the future of the theater, 36 percent had never been to Mixed Blood. That statistic is already translating into growth: The number of new donors culled from the audience tripled compared with last year at this time.

Here’s how they explain the program, intriguingly named “Radical Hospitality”, on their website:

Radical Hospitality provides no-cost access to all mainstage productions for any audience member.

Value (or lack thereof) of Spotify for Musicians

The Atlantic has an article titled “Why Spotify Doesn’t Make Sense for Musicians: 70,000 Listens Earns Less Than $300From the article:

Zoë Keating, a cellist, composer, and occasional Radiolab guest, has released into a public Google Doc how much money she made from Spotify between October 2011 and March 2012. Spotify pays per listen, so every time someone plays one of Keating’s songs on the service, she earns a tiny chunk of money.

 Between October and March, Keating’s songs were played 72,800 times on Spotify.

On Our Radar: Creative Capital’s Searchable Database

Take some time to look at Creative Capital’s database of noteworthy projects from around the country:

On Our Radar is a searchable, public database featuring nearly 400 noteworthy projects that advanced to the second or third phase of last year’s highly competitive grant round for Film/Video and Visual Arts projects. Although the featured projects were not ultimately funded, we feel they are projects to watch. This site will be online through August 31, 2012.

In each application round, we have the great privilege of learning about a wealth of exciting projects, and this initiative opens up this valuable opportunity for discovery to the larger community of arts professionals, other artists and funders.

Learn for Free

Assets for Artists has a great compendium of free resources available on the web and thumbnail descriptions of the following resources: tutorials by Open Culture, SmARThistory, CraftArtEdu, Vimeo’s Video School, and ArtGraphicA.

Thanks to the internet, there is a vast amount of knowledge out there. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look. We have compiled here several resources for varying kinds of knowledge – craft for craft and mixed media artists looking into new methods of fabrication, video for digital media use, fine arts for artists looking for specific tips, and art history for historical context.

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