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 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 art: music, sculpture, theatre, dance and more! In this searchable directory we pull together professional development resources that will build your entrepreneurial skills and help you develop your art business.
If you are looking for upcoming workshops and resources, check out our Artist Opportunities listing.
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!
Charity How To presents a webinar by Simon Scriver, with a step-by-step program for people interested in building their skills at online and virtual presentations! Seminar dates are Tuesday June 30 and Thursday July 2, at 1pm.
In the wake of the Covid-19 quarantines, performers and presenting organizations are looking for ways to shift events online. Eventbrite presents a planning guide for those new to online events.
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.
Cancelled and postponed events are putting artists and arts organizations and their staffs in financial jeopardy, and crowdfunding is a viable revenue source to explore. Online ticketing portal Eventbrite offers advice for how to create and promote a GoFundMe fundraiser in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Many artists are taking the time during the Covid-19 crisis to produce and create; Sam P. Israel in The Observer points out that it's also a good time to copyright and protect those new creations.
From teaching musician Dave Ruch's Do This Right Now series: one quick step to improve your website. Change Your Title Tags!
Updated resources for: unemployment resources; emergency relief funding (including Arts Council, local, and national funding resources); small business loans (including the Paycheck Protection Plan); and poverty resources for individuals and families.
Creative Capital offers advice for choosing work samples to accompany grant applications.
Artsy.net contributor Ariela Gittlen collects a list of online tools to help artists manage their own online presence: 6 Artist-Approved Platforms For Building Your Own Website.
From Alyson Stanfield's artbizsuccess.com, an essay about showing your artwork in restaurants, coffee shops, business offices, and other non-gallery venues, and how to make it work as part of your business model: Is Your Art Just Free Decor?