These days, you can fund your creative work in a variety of ways—crowdfunding, sustaining donors, grants, and more. But it can be overwhelming to know where to start and which options are the best for your unique needs and goals. One tool that artists can use to maximize the benefit of grants and individual fundraising is matching grants. Our teams work with artists to help you learn more about grants, find grants to apply to, and then apply with greater confidence. Matching grants combine traditional grants and individual fundraising into one funding opportunity that is greater than the sum of its parts. They help organizations who are giving grants make their money go further, and give recipients access to more money than with just a grant or individual fundraising alone. But, they require additional fundraising efforts from the grantee to secure that funding. Let's take a look at how matching grant opportunities work for artists, and how you can determine if they might be right for you.
Singer and songwriter Morgan James recently released Memphis Magnetic, a new soul album and Fractured Atlas fiscally-sponsored project. Although Morgan is based in New York City, Memphis Magnetic was produced exclusively with musicians and studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Morgan has been a member of Fractured Atlas for about a year and shares how she successfully fundraised for and produced her new project.
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When you’re raising money as an artist, it’s easy to spend all your energy on soliciting new donations. Whether you’re busy leveraging connections, creating crowdfunding campaigns, writing solicitation letters, crafting elegant social media communications, or all of the above, it can feel like a full-time job. Once the donation finally comes in, however, things are just getting started.
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.
Are you an artist or creative looking to execute a project or take your work to the next level? Has someone told you that you or your arts organization should be fiscally sponsored? Are you curious about “physical sponsorship”?
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.