Monday, May 17, 2010

Fundraising for the Arts

Since the 4/23/2010 post about the horrific budget cuts
for the arts being proposed by a lot of governors, and with 
Vicki W's comment regarding the need during the current economic crisis
for us to identify/create non-governmental resources for funding the arts,
I've been trying to research this. Admitedly I haven't yet been able to
come up with much, but hopefully the following is a start...

Winning for art in a funding storm - "Artists throughout the State of New Jersey have been weathering their own storm of increasing intensity, as the government cuts back on arts funding. 'All individual artist grants have been canceled,' says Kay Kenny, president of Pro Arts." The article includes an innovative fundraising idea Pro Arts used to try to help make up for the lost funding opportunities.

The Artist Pension Fund - This is promoted as an artist retirement fund that minimizes risk. It is indeed a unique and creative concept. Its not a scam, but after reading other articles about it, I'm skeptical about how well it'll work. As one person pointed out, the market will ultimately make that determination...
823 Key Project: Funding Artists Through Fashion - Lorraine Sanders - "823 keys will be sold to provide a grant to one artist. Then the process begins anew. "

Two Funding Ideas based on the Microfinance Concept
  • Kickstarter - "Kickstarter is a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers..."
  • IndieGoGo - "IndieGoGo is a collaborative way to fund ideas. Anyone with a project - creative, cause or entrepreneurial - can raise money, offer perks and keep 100% ownership of their idea."
Joining Forces to Save a Visual Scene

Fundraising and Development Toolkit - Texas Commission on the Arts

Fundraising from Individuals - Martha Richards - "Many women artists are familiar with writing grant proposals to government agencies or foundations, but they are not sure how to raise money from individuals because there are no clear guidelines or application forms. This article will focus on strategies for raising money for your projects by approaching individuals for contributions."

Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts - Foundation Center - This is a 60 minute webinar recording - "This course is geared towards individuals involved in the arts and looking to fund any type of arts-related project. - If you are an individual involved in the arts and looking for funding to complete a project, mount an exhibition, put on a performance, conduct research, or anything else arts-related, this webinar will show you how to identify funders supporting individuals working in the arts. We will also touch on grantmaker motivations in funding individual artists, and the variety of support options available."
There is a Registration Form for a July 15 session, but you can view a session by clicking on the link located on the right side of the page. 
Fundraising for the Arts - This is a 7.21minute video - During the summer of 2009, leaders from emerging art spaces around the world met in Canada. This was one of the topics discussed. It was presented by Anne Dunning of Arts Action Research USA

Negotiating the Balance Between the Roles of Artists and Facilitators - 5.18 minute video -Presented by Julie Upmeyer from Caravansarai, Turkey

In Mexico, Artists Can Pay Their Taxes with Artwork - As little appreciation as our governments seem to have for art and artists (again, I'm referencing the 4/23/2010 post), this will never happen here...

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