Welcome to the Arts Council ARTIST RESOURCES DIRECTORY

As artists, you are creative and talented in many ways, but the business of art can be quite a challenge for many who have focused their careers and studies on music, sculpture, or dance! In this searchable directory we pull together professional development resources that will build your entrepreneurial skills and help you develop your art business.

Looking for upcoming Workshops and Professional Development opportunities? Visit the Arts Council's Artist Opportunities listings - updated daily. 


Artists Working in Community Handbook

Art and artists can shape the world around them, and for artists interested in integrating their work with their communities, Springboard For The Arts has compiled a handbook for artists to guide them through the process of integrating their art and their practice with their communities. Read on for more information!

How to Claim Paid Covid-19 Sick Leave as an Actor

From Backstage: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act introduced a tax credit for individuals and families that are losing work due to illness or caring for family members sick with Covid. The article is geared toward actors, but is applicable to anyone claiming self-employment income. Click onward for more information!

Artist Statement Guidelines From the Team at GYST

From the team at artist consultancy GYST (that's Getting Your Sh*t Together!), a set of guidelines for preparing your artist statement. Their comprehensive guidelenes cover everything from what to include, what not to include, with added thoughts on voice and style. They also include sample statements of different lengths. Click onward for details....

Writing An Elevator Pitch For Your Music

As a musician, being able to describe your music succinctly and in vivid terms is one of your most powerful marketing tools. Julia Rogers writes a guide for everything from using your fans to help craft your pitch, to integrating your elevator pitch into your social media. Read on for more information!

Musicians: 5 Tips For Describing Your Sound

Describing your band's sound quickly and succinctly is a powerful tool for marketing yourself and your music, but often bands don't put any thought into how to refer to themselves, and just say something like, "we play pop music" or "we're alternative". Your quick description lets people know what to expect from you and your music, so it's worth the time to find a succinct, accurate, interesting way to describe your music. Read on for Jhoni Jackson's "5 Tips for Describing Your Sound if You're Trying to Get Press".

Artist Insurance

Have you needed a certificate of insurance as a vendor at an art fair? Are you interested in liability and business property insurance for your art business? ACT Insurance -- Artists, Crafters, and Tradesman -- is an insurance company that provides specific coverage that meet the needs of professional artists. They offer both short-term liability policies for art shows and fairs, and annual policies that cover general and product liability, business and personal property, and personal and advertising injury. Check them out at ACTInsurance.com!

E-Mail Templates For Communicating With Attendees

From event-ticketing portal Eventbrite, sample e-mail templates for arts organizations and venues for communicating with guests and patrons. They offer templates for how to e-mail patrons about cancellations; e-mailing patrons and donors to ask for support; and a general template for communicating with attendees regarding unknowns resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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This directory is made possible in part by funding from the Willard & Anne Levin Foundation and the Indiana Arts Commission.

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