Career Coach & Artist-Advocate

Recommended Career Resources for Artists


Provides business services to artists and publishes Do-It-Yourself Quick-Fix Tax Kits, a series of tax and business guides for visual artists and the self-employed.

 W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy)
Draws attention to economic inequalities that exist in the arts, and works to resolve them. Its advocacy efforts have successfully received commitments from many U.S. nonprofit art institutions to pay artist exhibition fees for solo and group shows. A fee calculator is published on the organization’s wehsite.

A nonprofit organization that offers many support services to artist-members, including fiscal sponsorship.

Published by the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).  An online emergency readiness and recovery guide for artists. Provides concise and helpful tips to safeguard artists' careers from emergencies, and begin the recovery process if disaster strikes. Lists companies that provide all types of insurance to visual artists and performing artists, including studio insurance, liability, single exhibition insurance, etc. The guide provides in-depth information on disaster prevention and planning on a wide variety of topics with annotated listings of web and print resources . Also includes interviews with artists and experts regarding real-world experience to the mix of topics and issues.


Excerpts from How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist


"Artists who are apprehensive and skeptical about applying for grants have many misconceptions about who receives them. Skeptical artists deem themselves ineligible for various reasons, such as being too old or young, lacking sufficient or impressive exhibition or performance credits, or lacking the right academic background. They believe that the kind of work they are doing isn't considered "in" or that they lack the right connections, which implies that juries are rigged!.. However, on the basis of my own experiences as a grant recipient and juror, as well as the experiences of my clients (the majority of whom would not measure up to the tough stereotype that many artists have of “the perfect grant-winning specimen”), I am convinced that, for the most part, grant selection is a democratic process - meaning that everyone has a real chance."

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