Everyone should plan for making money with their art. A plan allows you to know which opportunities are worth your effort. Photo credit: The Gender Spectrum Collection https://broadlygenderphotos.vice.com/guidelines One of the most frustrating things about making art is figuring out how to finance making said art. What does it even mean to “make money as an artist”? What is fundraising? How do I get paid? This guide will walk you through what it means to make money as an artist and give you some tips on how to get started. We’re going to go step-by-step so you can develop a money-making plan.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Eva Steinmetz, co-creator of “The Boy Project” Eva Steinmetz is co-creator of “The Boy Project,” a theater piece in which Philadelphia boys ages 12–15 imagine their futures as men. Eva is based in Philadelphia and has been a member of Fractured Atlas since November 2017. “The Boy Project” currently has a fundraising campaign running on our crowdfunding site, Fundraising by Fractured Atlas.
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Are you an artist or creative looking to execute a project? Has someone told you that you or your arts organization should be fiscally-sponsored? Are you curious about “physical sponsorship”? Does fiscal sponsorship make you a nonprofit? What even is fiscal sponsorship and why is it relevant for artists?
by Aisha Jordan, Program Associate at Fractured Atlas This will be our final regular grant deadline post until the fall. For all opportunities, please visit the website of each funding organization for application instructions and complete guidelines. Have a great summer! Center for Cultural Innovation is accepting applications for The Investing in Artists grants program. Description: The Investing in Artists grants program was established by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) in 2007 to enhance the working lives and strengthen the creative support system for California artists working in all disciplines. Since that time, with the support of The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI has awarded over $2 million to 270 diverse artists working in various disciplines across the state.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Elina Akselrud | Photo by Marc Serhan Elina Akselrud is founder of Intertwining Arts and creator of CROSSOVER ART PROJECTS- piano performance blended with other visual and performing art genres. Intertwining Arts has been a member of Fractured Atlas since 2016 and is based between New York and Lucerne, Switzerland.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Ashleigh Gordon and Anthony R. Green Ashleigh Gordon and Anthony R. Green are the creators of “Castle of our Skins.” Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, “Castle of our Skins” is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, “Castle of our Skins” invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present. They have been members of Fractured Atlas since 2013 and operate in the Greater Boston area.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Brittaney Chatman Brittaney Delsarte is an actor, singer, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. This summer she is releasing her first album, “Call Me Blossom.” Brittaney is a new member of Fractured Atlas and is currently raising funds for her first self-produced music video. How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your artistic practice? Fractured Atlas has benefitted my artistic practice by helping to increase awareness and excitement around my project! It’s easy to attach my Fractured Atlas campaign link to my promotional materials. It makes the donation process easier for my donors, not to mention it provides an attractive incentive for them. How has Fractured Atlas benefitted your revenue/income generation? I still have a lot more money to raise, but it has been a great starting point to start receiving donations and has kept me accountable for getting as many donations as I possibly can. What specific Fractured Atlas services or programs have you used? I’ve used the individual appeal letter materials to craft my messaging for my campaign and Fundraising By Fractured Atlas. They’ve been very helpful! Brittaney and her new album, “Call Me Blossom” Why do you think artists and organizations should become members of Fractured Atlas? Artists and organizations should become members of Fractured Atlas because it will empower you as an entrepreneur and artist. Many artists are intimated by the business side of art, but this organization will inspire you. You can be an artist and be a boss and Fractured Atlas is there to guide you to all of the right resources. What has been one of your biggest challenges as an artist or for your arts project and how did you push through it? For me the biggest challenge is getting over the pride of having to ask for help. I’ve learned that you can be confident in yourself and ask for what you want in the most gracious and professional way. Do you have any upcoming events that people should know about? People should get excited and look forward to this video going live on YouTube on June 21st! What is your biggest accomplishment as a result of being a Fractured Atlas member? My biggest accomplishment is being brave enough to self-produce a music video with a large budget! You can follow Brittaney and learn more about her work at www.brittaneychatman.com; on Facebook at @bdchatman; on Instagram at @brittandbroadway; on Twitter at @awesomeblossemb; and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/brittaneychatman/. Fractured Atlas on Social: Instagram | Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas David, Brendan, and Jim, creators of the “Singing Nina” cultural festival and conference Brendan McGeehan, David Rose, and Jim Hamilton are the creators of the project “Singing Nina: a cultural festival and conference,” a new fiscally-sponsored project of Fractured Atlas. “Singing Nina” is a one day, multi-location event held in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Presented by Germantown Arts, the mission is to celebrate the life and music of the cultural icon, Nina Simone.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist for Fractured Atlas Melissa Dowler and Cynthia Siadat, LCSW, Co-Founders of She Sees Cynthia M. A. Siadat, LCSW, and Melissa Dowler are the founders of She Sees, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of diverse female filmmakers and empowering young women to tell their stories through film. They have been members of Fractured Atlas since 2016.
by Molaundo Jones, Social Media Specialist at Fractured Atlas Ayun Halliday & Greg Kotis Ayun Halliday & Greg Kotis are founders of Theater of the Apes. Theater of the Apes presents original, comic, theatrical oddities at affordable ticket prices. Ayun and Greg have been members of Fractured Atlas for three years.