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.
Supplemental Materials for Performing Artists PDF
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.
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.
Howl Round is a site created to support the theatre community. It includes a blog, reviews, a New Play Map to show you were new work is happening around the country and more. The site creates an environment for theatre artists to engage with and learn from each other. www.HowlRound.com
The following sites are useful resources for seeking employment in the arts, both locally and nationally.
The annual IU Writers Conference is open to writers of all levels. Participants take part in faculty-led workshops and classes in fiction, poetry and other prose narrative styles.
Scholarships are available. To learn more, visit www.iuwc.indiana.edu
The New Harmony Project brings together talented writers, directors, dramaturgs, filmmakers, actors, and students from around the country.
Stage 32 has been called the LinkedIN meets Lynda for film, television, and theatre creatives. The vast site offers job listings, individual profiles, and networking opportunities. The most helpful to us was the Blog which included five years of archived articles and resources that are easy to search!
Film Indiana offers this annotated list of all the film festivals in Indiana.
Women at Sundance is a program at the Sundance Institute created to build support, resources and opportunities for femal filmmakers.
- Resource Map
- Career Sustainability
The Sundance Institute offers #ArtistServices including workshops, labs, and blog entries like this one by Diane Bell who shares her experiences once her film was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.
Distribution Tips for the New Class of Sundance Filmmakers
AHIRC.org is an up-to-date, comprehensive database of health care resources for artists, performers, freelancers, and the self-employed. With passage of the Affordable Care Act, AHIRC is here to guide artists through the legislation and how it will affect the visual and performing arts and entertainment communities. It's mission is insure every artist in the United States.