Technology

Does Spotify make sense for emerging musicians?

musiccoalitionDoes it financially make sense for new artists to be on Spotify?  Check out this article published recently on the Future of Music Coalition website and decide for yourself.

http://futureofmusic.org/blog/2013/07/17/does-spotify-make-sense-non-superstars

Interested in increasing your website traffic?

artbusinessHere is a great article that Artist INC facilitator Chris Dahlquist found this past week with tips on how to increase your web traffic and get people to stay on your website longer…

Artist Websites: How to Increase Your Online Traffic
(And Keep Everyone on Your Site Longer)

We live in an amazing age where practically any artist anywhere who has access to a computer and the Internet can present their art to the world, but of all the artists who maintain their own websites, only a small percentage take advantage of the Internet’s full capabilities.…

Artists Talk Tech: Creative Capital Webinar on June 24

Creative Capital WebinarsWEBINAR: ARTISTS TALK TECH, WITH BRAD LICHTENSTEIN & MATTHEW DELEGET

June 24, 2013

For our new Artist Talk Tech series, we invite a tech savvy artist to discuss their use of new tools and strategies in support of their work, including web-based software, hardware, mobile devices, apps, and more.  This webinar will consist of a live 90-minute conversation between Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein and visual artist/gallerist Matthew Deleget. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.…

Creative Capital May Webinars

Creative Capital WebinarsCreative Capital has four great webinars taking place during the month of May, covering a range of topics including budgeting, social media, marketing strategies and curatorial practice.

Real Life Budgeting, with Andrew Simonet
Monday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time, with Eve Mosher
Monday, May 13, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Creating a Marketing Strategy, with Dread Scott
Monday, May 20, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Visual Arts Round Table: Curators, with Rachel Nackman & Matthew Deleget
Thursday, May 30, 7:00-8:30pm EST
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Webinars are $25 each.…

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.…

Changes in the Music Industry

The Music Industry is rapidly changing to account for the amount of people streaming their music from websites such as Pandora and Spotify instead of downloading it from iTunes.  Is this ruining the music industry or is it marking a change comparative to the transition to CD’s?

“Even for an under-the-radar artist like Ms. (Zoe) Keating, who describes her style as “avant cello,” the numbers painted a stark picture of what it is like to be a working musician these days.…

Learn from a Kickstarter Failure

According to Kickstarter’s own data only 40% of the projects launched there are successfully funded.  What can you do to beat those odds?  Learn some invaluable Kickstarter lessons from one artist’s failure.  In a recent blog piece by Nelson de Witt, author of the blog A Kickstarter’s Guide and the book A Kickstarter’s Guide to Kickstarter: How to successfully fund your creative project, he shares the insights he gained when his latest Kickstarter campaign failed.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have run two successful Kickstarter campaigns.

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:

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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InterUrban ArtHouse wants to know what you need in a studio

InterUrban ArtHouse wants to know what you need in a studio

IUAHsurveyInterUrban ArtHouse is updating the 2008 Status of Artists in Kansas City Report. Both the original and this update will be written by Michael Frisch of UMKC Urban Planning Department.
The original study was supported by ArtistINC, ArtsKC and Charlotte Street Foundation. This update is funded by the Kauffman Foundation. The results will be made available to all our partners and regional arts organizations.

Our goal is to get a clear picture of artists, households, studios, program needs and whereabouts.…

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Independence Art Association is looking for local artists to present their work!

Independence Art Association is looking for local artists to present their work!

IndependenceThe Independence Art Association is interested in finding local artists who would like to come to one monthly meeting to present your work, techniques, methods, advise on advertising, selling, etc.  Artists would have 30 to 40 minutes for a presentation.  There is a stipend available for artists presenting. If you are interested, email Marcia Pugh at mrae1947@gmail.com for more information.

The Independence Art Association was formed prior to 1951.  On May 18, 1960, it became legally recognized as The Community Art Association of Independence, Missouri, a non-profit corporation. …

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USArtists International 2015 Guidelines and Application Available

USArtists International 2015 Guidelines and Application Available

MAAF-Color-LogoThe guidelines and online application are now available for the 2015 USArtists International program. The program provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists from across the country who have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and, new this year, performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.

The application deadline for the first of three grant rounds of the 2015 program is Friday, September 5, 2014 for projects taking place between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015.…

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Lawrence Band set their Sights on Green Shores this July!

Lawrence Band set their Sights on Green Shores this July!

carswellhope-band-photo1Carswell & Hope celebrate their debut album release with a crowd-funded tour to Ireland

Lawrence-based alt rock 4-piece Carswell & Hope travel to Ireland, the home of their front-man and songwriter Nick Carswell, on July 22nd for a national tour in support of their debut record, A Hunger. The tour includes concerts all over Ireland, as well as visits to some of the Green Isle’s most intimate venues and pubs, as the band bring their new breed of Irish flavored indie-rock to Ireland.…

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Congratulations to M-AAA Artistic Innovations Grant winners!

Congratulations to M-AAA Artistic Innovations Grant winners!

barbarasatterfieldM-AAA has awarded $207,800 in Artistic Innovations grants for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015).

Fifteen artists and arts organizations within M-AAA’s partner states received the grants, which support the creation of new work within the fiscal year. Grant allocations by state:

  • Arkansas: Two grants, $25,000
  • Kansas: Two grants, $21,700
  • Missouri: Two grants, $28,000
  • Nebraska: Three grants, $43,100
  • Oklahoma: Four grants, $60,000
  • Texas: Two grants, $30,000

A total of 137 grant proposals were submitted through an open call that asked for a letter of intent.…

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Artist INC Fellow, Robin VanHoozer, featured in article about Missouri encaustic painters

Artist INC Fellow, Robin VanHoozer, featured in article about Missouri encaustic painters

VanHoozerThe Missouri Arts Council has published an article about encaustic painters from Missouri and Artist INC Fellow, Robin VanHoozer is included!  They have featured two of her paintings along with a great article containing information about encaustic painting.  You can find some of Robin’s recent work at the PS Gallery in their “Late Summer Exhibit” opening on August 2nd.  To read the article please click here.

Robin VanHoozer finds the link between the reality of the outside world and the inner being.…

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To Sign or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

To Sign or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

signornot“Rather than being the one waiting to see if they are going to renew my contract, it’s me renewing theirs,” Vega says. “And that makes a difference”

To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question : NPR

by Allyson McCabe

You might be surprised to learn that the chart-topping duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are not signed to a major label. Neither are veterans likePeter Gabriel and Wilco. They’re all self-releasing albums….

To listen to the whole story, click here.…

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OVAC Executive Director Position

OVAC Executive Director Position

ovacJob Title: Executive Director

Organization: Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Salary Range:  $45-55k depending on experience
Application Due: July 15, 2014
Full Time/Permanent

The position and ideal candidate:
OVAC seeks an inspiring leader who understands the value of relationships in building and maintaining a self-sustaining statewide organization.  An ideal candidate is a strong strategic thinker with excellent non-profit management skills. The Executive Director must be flexible and adaptive, resourceful and values-driven (and will also have a good sense of humor).…

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New book by Andrew Simonet, Download version is FREE!

New book by Andrew Simonet, Download version is FREE!

MakingpaperbackMaking Your Life As An Artist

A Guide to Building a Balanced, Sustainable Artistic Life.  Don’t Starve. Make Art.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD AND BUILD THE MOVEMENT.

We want 100,000 artists to read this book. (26,491 downloads so far in two weeks. Nice work, everybody.)
We want you to share the free ebook everywhere. It’s free, people. Pass it around. Don’t hold back.

(Seriously. There’s no catch, no money-making scheme hiding behind the free-ness. It’s free because I want tons of artists to read it.

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Kansas City artist Calder Kamin first to take part in Beach Museum’s new Open A.I.R. program

Kansas City artist Calder Kamin first to take part in Beach Museum’s new Open A.I.R. program

Calder_posed head shotA new artist-in-residence program at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art lets museum visitors interact socially with art.

The Beach Museum of Art’s Open A.I.R., or Artist-in-Residence, program is a three-day mini residency with a focus on interdisciplinary social engagement. During the museum’s inaugural residency, Kansas City-based artist Calder Kamin will create work in-gallery related to prairie megafauna and manmade extinction.

“Open A.I.R. is an opportunity to interact with an artist and inspire creativity,” said Adrianne Russell, public programs coordinator at the Beach Museum.…

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