Arts Management Resources

The following links are compiled as an ongoing resource of information gained from the Arts Council's organizational development meetings and grant programs.

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Resources to support capacity building including planning, budgeting, and board and staff roles and relationships:

Accessibility Checklist - The National Endowment for the Arts designed a checklist to assist organizations in performing on-site evaluations of their organizations' policies, programs, services, and facilities.

CPA Services - The Arts Council maintains a list of CPAs who provided audit, compilation or review services to local groups funded through the Annual Grants Program. To request a copy, call Grant Services at (317) 631-3301.

Board Development - The United Way offers periodic workshops on board organizing, the role of the board chair, and related topics.

Starting a Nonprofit Arts Organization in Indiana - To create a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, first you need to form an Indiana nonprofit corporation. Then you apply for tax-exempt status from the IRS and the State of Indiana.

Volunteer Management - Periodic workshops offered by the United Way

Small Business Workshops - Indy Chamber


The following organizations are funded by the Arts Council of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program, and are recognized for their artistic expertise in the following areas:

African American Culture - Asante Children's Theatre, Freetown Village, Madame Walker Theatre Center, Urban Arts Consortium
Disabilities - ArtMix
Women's Issues - Indianapolis Women's Chorus of Crossroads Performing Arts


Annual Grants Program - Arts Council workshops are offered from Oct.-Dec. and can include individual counseling.

Developing a Marketing Plan - A marketing plan is critical to the success of both nonprofit arts groups and small businesses, and the Indiana Small Business Development Center offers periodic seminars and workshops on Marketing. 


The Arts Council of Indianapolis is committed to providing leadership in arts education and to enhancing the quality of and access to arts education to all residents of central Indiana.

Resources available on our Arts Education pages

For questions and suggestions about the Arts Management Resources listed above, please call Grant Services at (317) 631-3301.


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