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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.


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!

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.

Copyright Your Work!

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.

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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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