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.

Special thanks to our advisors: Lou Harry* - theatre; Richard Griffin - music technology; Teresa Sabatine - Film; Barbara Shoup* - literature; Roberta Wong* - dance.

*Creative Renewal Arts Fellows

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Create Equity - A Resource Blog for the Entire Arts Community

Create Equity is a research-backed investigation of the most important issues in the arts and what we, collectively and individually, can do about them. Founded in October 2007 by Ian David Moss, Createquity rapidly gained acclaim from readers across the web and has been called “the strongest, most provocative, well-connected arts [blog] that exists today” and “so amazingly good it’s almost in its own category of resource.” Once a one-person shop, Createquity now boasts a full-fledged editorial team and has published work by nearly 50 writers. In summer 2014, anticipating the evolving needs of its readership, Createquity overhauled its editorial structure, priorities, and online presence to place a new emphasis on translating ideas to action to impact. We are committed to helping make the arts ecosystem work better for artists and audiences by making high-value information and analysis about critical issues in our field available to current and emerging decision-makers across the sector.

Americans for the Arts Diversity Statement

Americans for the Arts works on the national level to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.

Americans for the Arts encourages all arts organizations to adopt a Diversity Statement that fits their organization's mission. See below for the full AFTA statement.

National Writers Union

The National Writers Union represents all types of writers working in print, electronic, and multimedia formats including novelists, playwrights, poets, and screenwriters. 

Grant Writing Tips: Supplemental Materials for Performing Artists

Any artist applying for a grant, whether it be from a local agency like the Arts Council of Indianapolis or a national private funder will need to include well thought out supplemental materials with your grant submission. What are supplemental materials? These include Work Samples (audio of your band playing or video or you performing live on stage) and Support Materials (critical reviews of your work or letters of support). 

Before you submit your next grant application, review this PowerPoint to get tips to best represent yourself and your work.

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Actor's Equity in Central Indiana

For actors in major cities deciding whether or not to join a union may be a simple choice, but in central Indiana where Equity opportunities are limited, it is a much harder decision. Lou Harry, playwright, producer, Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, and arts writer for the IBJ shares a bit of insight by laying out the pros and cons of joining a union for central Indiana actors in this piece in the IBJ.

Alternative Spaces: A Guide for Business Owners

With the success of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour which began back in 2004 in downtown Indianapolis, many business owners have sought to use their locations as an alternative gallery space for visual art exhibitions. When done properly, this can be a wonderful opportunity for an artist to reach a new audience and a business owner to bring extra attention and activity to their space. However, there are best practices that should be followed in order to make it a win/win for everyone. 

Thank you to our funders

Indiana Arts Commission

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

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