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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

Studio Visits

"Believe it or not, dealers dread studio visits as much as artists dread having them visit. Both parties are nervous and uncomfortable. Dealers are uneasy because they do not like to be put on the spot on an artist's turf. They feel more comfortable rejecting an artist or being vague in their own territory. Dealers also feel anxious about the reception they will receive. They fear that an artist will use the studio visit to give the dealer a taste of the same medicine the artist received in the gallery. . .You have the power to set things up so that the studio visit accomplishes something positive.”

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