As you likely know by now, Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) just launched its new Online Learning Program for artists working in all disciplines nationwide. Drawing on PDP’s “artist to artist” learning model, the new program includes seven 90-minute live webinars addressing the following pressing issues facing artists:
* Applying for Grants and Residencies: Strategies for Writers, with Ethan Nosowsky
* Business Management, with Jeffrey Gibson
* Creating a Marketing Strategy, with Dread Scott
* Social Media: How to Be Everywhere All the Time, with Eve Mosher
* Real Life Budgeting, with Andrew Simonet
* Web Site, Blog & Email Essentials, with Steve Lambert
* Visual Arts Round Table, with Matthew Deleget
We offer two webinars per month on a rotating basis and hope to reach artists working in every corner of the country, especially in locations where we haven’t had the resources yet to travel. Anyone with access to a computer and the Internet can attend. To date, we’ve had artists participate from more than 39 states–we couldn’t be more excited about it.
A highlight this month, Creative Capital grantee Andrew Simonet, a choreographer and co-director of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, leads his webinar, Real Life Budgeting, on Monday, June 11, at 7:00pm EST. The webinar covers every aspect of real life budgeting, including misconceptions about money, establishing sustainable life-long principles, determining what your time costs, and creating a realistic budget for an artistic project.
One of the most interesting parts of this webinar, in my opinion, is what Andrew refers to as “the four things you can do for your financial life this week”:
1. Get a free copy of your credit report from annualcreditreport.com.
2. Have a meeting with a real estate agent if you don’t already own your home.
3. Write down everything you spend for one week.
4. Determine the annual income you or your household needs in order to live without financial panic.
Addressing these four areas will enable you to figure out what your time actually costs. This will in turn help you determine your monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly pay rate, which are critical in understanding what your artistic work actually costs you to produce.
For more information about this and a whole lot more, I encourage you to join us online for our Real Life Budgeting webinar. Check out PDP’s Online Learning Calendar for more details about this and other upcoming webinars. We hope to see you online soon!