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Social Media Best Practices

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Keep up to speed on social media

Social media is a tool many creatives and artists use to share work, promote collaborations and features, and connect with clients. Our friends at Fractured Atlas share some basics – always worth reviewing.

 

For many artists, Instagram is the social media site where you spend the bulk of your time. It is a visual platform that allows you to post images with captions, stories that disappear after 24 hours, Reels (which are similar to TikToks), longer videos on IGTV, and even livestreams. You can even have a webstore on Instagram. We’ve seen artists conduct sales, performances, and interviews using Instagram. For more of an introduction, check out our social media basics and our coverage of different social media platforms for artists.

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Photographers for your headshot

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Need a new headshot?

Headshots are great for grant applications, promotion materials, and when your pieces and art is shared.

The following photographers are super at headshots and love working with creatives. Reach out to them and be sure to share that the Indy Arts Council sent you!

Jay Goldz

Leah Tribbett

Jes Nijjer

Allison Tylek

Grants and Funding Resources

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Grants and Funding Resources

Indy Arts Council invests in artists and arts organizations to nurture and foster a thriving arts scene that helps build stronger neighborhoods and ultimately enhances the quality of life for all Indianapolis residents. We invite all eligible applicants to apply for a grant opportunity.

These grant programs fall into two categories: Grants for Individuals and Grants for Organizations.

GRANTS FOR INDIVIDUALS

  • Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program: A two-year sabbatical-like fellowship for artists and administrators that have worked in the arts for 5 or more years. Award Amount: $10,000
  • Opioid Prevention Mental Health Grants : Applications open January 2024
  • Public Art for Neighborhoods : Applications open January 2024

GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS

  • Annual Grants Program: A competitive grant program for established Arts organizations within Marion County for general operating support. Applications open January 2024.
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Building a website

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Artist website solutions

Artsy.net contributor Ariela Gittlen looks at web platforms from an artist’s perspective, and finds good solutions for a range of artist-specific web needs. Whether you want options for displaying and selling your work online, or easy ways to generate content for your website (via Dropbox!); maybe you’re looking for new ways to use Adobe Creative Cloud, or even just looking for a company to host your gallery, here are some good options to consider.

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ALLIANCE FOR ARTIST RESIDENCIES

The Alliance for Artist Residencies is a national organization serving artists and the various artist residency programs around the country. This site is a valuable resource to learn about different opportunities for residencies, but also offers a wide variety of “tips” for artists who are wanting to learn more about how residences work, how to find the right one for you, how to apply and get them funded!

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Insurance for Creatives and Artists

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Insurance for Creatives & Artists

ACT Insurance is a company that specializes in insurance for artists, crafters, and tradespeople, focusing on the needs of both artists in the studio, and artists showing their work at fairs and festivals. They offer quick short-term policies that provide a certificate of insurance for art fairs and shows that require one, with a quick, easy online application and approval. They also offer annual policies for working artists that cover general & product liability, business & personal property, and personal & advertising injury coverage. Their show policies start at $49, and annual policies start at $265.

 

 

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Taxes

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Know what you need for your taxes ::

The Arts Council of Indianapolis collaborated with Gener8tor to create a series of professional development webinars. This one shares best practices and tips for filing taxes after the unusual year that was 2020. The presenter also covers tips for record keeping that will be helpful moving forward as freelancers and small business owners.

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Using “Explore”

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Using “Explore”

Discover new arts events, creative opportunities, and cultural experiences, and explore Indy’s vibrant arts scene all in one place. Explore is the most comprehensive online resource for the arts in Indianapolis.

Explore offers the largest database of arts organizations in the city, featuring events, festivals, classes, workshops, fundraisers, jobs, auditions, venues, and public art. Updated daily, Explore provides access for both Hoosiers and tourists to find out the latest information on the city’s unique exhibitions, performances, programs, and more.

Artist Opportunities

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Newsletter with all the opportunities

Find out the latest ways you can be paid and/or have your work featured – the Artist Opportunities newsletter has it all. Sign up today!

 

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Media Training for Artists

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Better promote and pitch your projects to the media ::

The Arts Council of Indianapolis hosted a free conversation with some of Indy’s top arts and culture journalists. Learn how they choose the stories they cover, how to promote your own projects, and how to prepare for an interview.

Panelists included:

  • Katiera Winfrey, multicultural reporter for WISH-TV
  • Sarah Bahr, culture reporter at the New York Times and writer for Indy Monthly
  • Jill Ditmire, reporter and anchor for WFYI public TV and radio
  • Wildstyle Paschall, editor-in-chief of All317Hiphop photography blog (also contributes to Black Indy Live and New America).
  • Dave Lindquist, pop culture and entertainment reporter for IndyStar
Moderator: Amanda Kingsbury, (former) Director of Communications for the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
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