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.

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


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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Artist INC Announces New Communities to Host Program

Artist INC Announces New Communities to Host Program

DSCN4052Omaha Creative Institute and the City of Austin, Texas have been selected to host Artist INC 

Kansas City, MO – Artist INC, a collaborative partnership of the Charlotte Street Foundation, ArtsKC-Regional Arts Council, and the UMKC Innovation Center, together with Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), will bring the Artist INC programming to two new communities in the region: Austin, Texas and Omaha, Nebraska.

The Artist INC Live program is a cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges of artists of all disciplines for a nominal fee.…

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Congrats to 2014 Round One Inspiration Grant winners!

Congrats to 2014 Round One Inspiration Grant winners!

partners_artskcThe Inspiration Grant Panel met on Friday, April 11, to review 9 proposals requesting a total of $16,036 from the Inspiration category of the ArtsKC Fund. The proposals were selected for
review by a committee of staff members from 15 letters of intent that requested a total of $29,016.

The Inspiration Grant Panelists for 2014 are:

Chair: Siobhan Lesley (Walz Tetrick Advertising)
Ada Koch (Independent Artist)
Erin Merritt (Theatre professional)
Desmond Poirer (Musician and KCAI instructor)
Glenn North (Spoken word poet, American Jazz Museum arts educator)
Tina Sterling (SECHANGE)
Alex Wendell (Global Prairie)
Toma Wolff (Byron Cohen Gallery)
Thomas Woodward (Royal Bank of Canada)

On Tuesday, April 15, the ArtsKC Board of Directors approved these 6 Inspiration Grant awards as recommended by the panelists.…

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Calling Writers! 2014 NANO Prize

Calling Writers! 2014 NANO Prize

win500The sixth-annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, opened on April 1 and this year’s contest will be judged by Kim Chinquee!  All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in mid-September.

Rules and Guidelines: All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication.…

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Kansas City Ballet hiring a Receptionist

Kansas City Ballet hiring a Receptionist

balletKansas City Ballet Receptionist
As KCB’s first representative to the public, our receptionist is vital to the success of this company. The receptionist is the face of the company, and is also the voice of the company when greeting and answering phone calls.  Hours for this position are 8:30am – 4:30pm. This position reports to the CFO.

Receptionist’s Duties include:

  • answer telephone, screen and direct calls
  • take and relay messages
  • provide information to callers
  • greet persons entering organization
  • direct persons to correct destination
  • deal with inquiries from the public and customers
  • ensures knowledge of staff movements within and outside of the building
  • general administrative and clerical support
  • order office supplies
  • receive and sort mail and deliveries
  • maintain appointment diary either manually or electronically
  • tidy and maintain the reception area

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • high school diploma or equivalent
  • knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures
  • knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office applications
  • knowledge of customer service principles and practices
  • keyboard and typing skills

Key Competencies:

  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • professional personal presentation
  • customer satisfaction orientation
  • information management
  • organizing and planning
  • attention to detail
  • initiative
  • reliability
  • ability to multi-task

Pay and Benefits:
Kansas City ballet offers a competitive salary and benefits package.…

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Lawrence band Carswell & Hope plan album release & Irish tour

Lawrence band Carswell & Hope plan album release & Irish tour

carswell and hopeCarswell & Hope, a Lawrence band fronted by Irishman Nick Carswell, launch plans to release their debut record and take it to Ireland this Summer. The alt-rock four-piece (with Jason Slote on drums, Dan Hines on bass and Austin Quick on keys) have launched a crowd-funding campaign to fund the release of the record and a trip to Ireland to play an 11-date tour with local musicians and Carswell’s former Irish bandmates, The Elective Orchestra.

Before moving to Lawrence in 2011, Nick Carswell wrote songs and performed with the indie-folk group The Elective Orchestra, with sisters Dee and Kate Cussen on cello and violin, and Sian Murray on vocals.…

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Article about KC’s Socially Engaged Art scene in the Huff Post

Article about KC’s Socially Engaged Art scene in the Huff Post

freshbreadArtist INC Fellow, Blair Schulman, had an article published in the Huffington Post last week focusing on socially-engaged art in Kansas City. The article focused mainly on recently awarded Charlotte Street Fellow, Sean Starowitz.

The Self-Fulfillment of Socially Engaged Art

Alongside the recent press about a new Gilded Age of art economics (replace Carnegie and Frick with Arnault and Walton) there is a movement of socially engaged art that is gathering momentum. While some art works reach sales in the nine figures, Kansas City artist Sean Starowitz asks us to, “re-think the offering between commodity and experience.”

Starowitz is a 2014 recipient of the Charlotte Street Foundation award for his work as an activist and artist.…

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Current AI Fellow featured in the Kansas City Star

Current AI Fellow featured in the Kansas City Star

ShenequaShenequa Brooks, a current fellow in the Artist INC Live class at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory and current senior at the Kansas City Art Institute, was recently featured in the Kansas City Star last week.

She weaves family into her art  BY JENEÉ OSTERHELDT

Shenequa and her sister don’t always get along. But there’s one thing that tames any sibling rivalry between the Brooks sisters: hair. When T’keyah, the younger of the two, braids Shenequa’s hair, there is peace and love between them.

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Leopold Seeking New Gallery Manager

Leopold Seeking New Gallery Manager

leopoldgalleryLeopold Gallery’s current manager, Paula Busser, is moving to Philadelphia. She has done an exceptional job for three years and will be greatly missed. If you know of someone who would like to apply, they can send their resume to  Marketing, sales and basic management experience are a must. It’s a rewarding job!

About the Leopold Gallery:

Established in 1991 by Paul Dorrell, LEOPOLD is a nationally-ranked gallery as well as a professional consulting and design firm.  The art we’ve installed for clients such as H&R Block, University of Kansas Hospital, and the Overland Park Convention Center reflect our unique approach to each space. …

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Congrats to AI Fellow Corinna West!

Congrats to AI Fellow Corinna West!

kansashealthfoundationCorinna West has been selected as a member of the Kansas Health Foundation Fellows VIII Program!

For the upcoming class of Kansas Health Foundation Fellows (Fellows VIII), individuals will be selected and convened for the purpose of examining the issue of the high rates of tobacco use among those with a diagnosed mental illness.

About the Kansas Health Foundation Fellows Program:

Since 1999, the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) Fellows program has offered an intensive leadership development experience through a prestigious yearlong program aimed at improving the health of Kansas.…

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Charlotte Street Foundation announces 2014 Award Winners

Charlotte Street Foundation announces 2014 Award Winners

kligmanamy1Charlotte Street Foundation is proud to announce five recipients of 2014 Charlotte Street Awards. The 2014 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellows are Amy Kligman (AI Fellow), Garry Noland, and Sean Starowitz. The 2014 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows are Jane Gotch (AI Fellow) and Hermon Mehari. Each artist will receive an unrestricted cash Award of $10,000.  In addition, Amy Kligman is the first recipient of a new annual Byron C. Cohen Award, established in memory of gallerist and collector Byron Cohen and administered by Charlotte Street Foundation.…

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