I am always interested to hear how artists succeed in the art world. Most artists don't have an advisor to help them, galleries don't seem to have as much time for career development, and unfortunately the days of being discovered are over. Therefore, I have come up with my ten tips to help artists succeed.
Here are few things to consider when choosing an MFA program:
1. Consider how many years you want the program to be.
A little grant writing advice can go a long way. In the following article, Shakurra Amatulla outlines some of the basic information necessary for researching and writing grants.
So you want a grant—that chunk of money that’s "out there" just waiting for your request? But you’re impatient, sometimes believing that the road to success must open before you faster than Moses parted the Red Sea. In your search for grants, you buy and read everything about this free cash, continually look for people to guide you to said loot, and still you haven’t gotten any closer to it.
By analyzing and looking at the careers of other successful artists I have identified the habits that help them succeed.
An artist who wants to get her or his work noticed must enter the marketplace with a good plan and set of tools. The Internet has become an essential channel for distributing traditional artist marketing tools such as résumés, press releases, work samples, and business cards. This essay provides basic advice about using the Internet to enhance your marketing efforts.
Can an artist Website bring you fame and fortune?
The simple answer is no! Artist Websites work best as an extension of traditional marketing efforts and can save time and money.
In Money Basics, we asked you to figure out a very basic math question. Namely, how much do you spend?
Now, in Spending Basics, you'll get to analyze some of your spending routines. Specifically, you'll be looking at the basics of buying a home, purchasing a car, and the way you use a piece of plastic called a credit card to buy nearly everything else.
Although most artists, writers, and musicians wish for an agent or manager to help them sell their work, most must first prove their worth in the marketplace.
"The art trade is a discreet, unregulated, and highly fragmented industry. Auction specialists and dealers who have been in the business for decades cannot pin down how many art dealers exist or the breadth of worldwide annual sales." -ARTnews, January 2000
The art world is bursting apart. It has literally fragmented into pieces -and turned on its head until it is unrecognizable. All signs predict it will continue its headlong course, exploding well into the next decades.
A budget is simply a plan for how you earn, spend, save and invest your money. Creating your budget is one of the first things you should do as you begin to organize your personal finances.
Why? Because having a budget is the key to making your money work for you. Until you actually calculate how much money you earn after taxes - and until you figure out how much money you spend every month - it's impossible to establish a savings or investment plan that will work.
Your portfolio is a valuable tool in your arsenal as an artist, and it is often the first opportunity you have to impress and influence those in charge of making the decisions and choices that affect you and your work. By developing and preparing a professional portfolio, every artist is taking a step towards ensuring her or his own success.
Securing a grant requires organization, research, and follow-through. Below you will find the key components for a successful search and a brief description of the different types of granting organizations.
1. What is the difference between copyright and trademark?
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or combination thereof, which serves to identify and distinguish a source of goods or services of one party from another. A copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works.
2. How do I copyright my work?
The arts stimulate the senses, and the opportunity to create a marketing tactic for your work can be as challenging and fun as creating the work itself.
Everything in the art world slows down during the summer months. The number of exhibitions and openings dwindle as many galleries close for vacation. The summer is therefore the perfect time for artists to rethink their presentation materials. With that in mind, the Hotline’s first column is a refresher course on one of the basics: the artist’s portfolio. Here are some answers to questions concerning your portfolio.
Grants are only one piece of pie for artists. They are one part of a whole strategy that you come up with for yourself.
From filmmakers to choreographers to graphic designers, the issue of incorporation appears daunting at first, but can be more straightforward than most artists think.
in 2002, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) co-hosted a roundtable in New York City of emergency funding and service organizations from across the United States. Following is a discussion of the issue, as well as a list of organizations that offer emergency assistance for artists.
This column addresses the issue of contracts between artists, galleries and collectors. A contract is the essential tool that informs both parties of their responsibilities and objectives. If you and your gallery/collector work well together, you will rarely, if ever, refer to it.
Can an artist deduct the fair market value of a work they donate to charity? According to existing tax laws, in the eyes of the IRS your donated artwork is worth nothing more than the sum of its parts, i.e., the total cost of the materials that went into making it.
This is my third and final installment in a special series of articles discussing the process of curating at various types of venues. For this issue, I have chosen to focus on corporate curating and collecting. For quite some time now, I have wanted to profile the unusual and staunchly pro-artist practices of Altoids, The Curiously Strong Mints, and its Curiously Strong Collection, which it began in 1998.