Tips and Tools: Advice from a First-Time Grant Winner

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“Assent” by Laine Nixon, Courtesy of Laine Nixon

Abstract painter and Professional Development Program alumna Laine Nixon recently applied for and won her first major arts grant: the John Ringling Towers Fund Individual Artist Award. When she talks about her recent win, Laine stresses the lessons she learned through Creative Capital’s “Grantwriting for Artists” webinar and was kind enough to share the top tips she walked away with that helped push her application over the top.

To experience Tracie Holder’s highly requested webinar for yourself, join Creative Capital on January 18th for “Grantwriting for Artists.

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Internet for Artists: Best Practices for Effective Emails

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This is an excerpt from our Internet for Artists (IFA) Handbook. The IFA handbook is a collaborative online resource given to participants of Creative Capital’s Internet for Artists workshops. On January 23, from 7:00-8:30pm ET, join artist leader Sue Schaffner for our Website, Blog, & Email Essentials webinar where you will learn the full scope of best practices for managing your internet presence as an artist.

Some basic strategies for effective email communications

With the help of email, sending out communications about your projects couldn’t be any easier. Now commonplace and long accepted as a norm within the arts community, email is fast, easy, and cost-effective, but it’s not without its challenges. Getting your reader to open your message and read it is more difficult than you may imagine. Some strategies include:

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A Page From Our Handbook: Developing a Promotional Strategy

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Every few weeks we post tips straight from the Professional Development Program’s Artist’s Tools Handbook, a 200+ page resource we give to Core Workshop attendees, written by PDP Core Leaders Jackie Battenfield and Aaron Landsman. The book covers everything from writing to budgeting, websites to fundraising, elevator pitches to work samples. Similarly, each post is packed with practical ideas to make your life run more smoothly, leaving you even more time for your creative practice. Learn more about all of our PDP workshops and webinars here.

 For more strategies on how to build a promotional campaign that expresses the quality and character of your work, be sure to attend our November 7th workshop, Promoting Your Work with Jackie Battenfield.

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Who are you?: The Three Kinds of Negotiator

Are you passive, aggressive or assertive in your negotiations?

Our ability to negotiate touches every aspect of our lives, from setting boundaries in our personal relationships, to accepting a pay rate for a commission. The way we approach interpersonal exchanges can have a profound impact on our success and wellbeing.

In our upcoming webinar, Effective Negotiation for Artists, performer, writer and psychotherapist Kirby Tepper breaks down the flawed beliefs and thought patterns that can hinder negotiation and shares the cognitive approaches that hold the key to unlocking the negotiation skills in everybody. Register Here

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Strengthen Your Career with Our Brand New NYC Workshop Series

Partipants at Artists Summer Institute in a Breakout Group During a Workshop

Partipants at Artists Summer Institute in a Breakout Group During a Workshop

Creative Capital is excited to announce a brand new six-part workshop series covering essential topics to develop your art career sustainably.

Our experienced workshop leaders, most of whom are practicing artists themselves, share the tools, strategies and resources that have led them to long-term success. The series is structured so that each workshop builds upon the previous, and is open to artists of all disciplines who are ready to take their career to the next level. The classes will take place every other Monday evening from February 8 to April 18 in Creative Capital’s NYC office space.

  1. February 8: Strategic Planning, with Colleen Keegan
    Learn the key tools of strategic planning and how to create a business plan to increase satisfaction in your life and career.
  2. February 22: Funding Your Work, with Aaron Landsman
    Learn how to calculate what your time is really worth, plus guidance on grant and proposal writing, fundraising from individuals, and varying your revenue streams.
  3. March 7: Financial Literacy, with Amy Smith
    Takeaways include tips and tools for tracking deductible expenses, getting out of debt so you can start saving, segregating your personal and artistic finances, budgeting for your life and your artistic projects. You will also learn how to tell “the story” of your project in a compelling way to funders.
  4. March 21: Verbal Communications, with Ela Troyano
    Improve your interpersonal communications, negotiations and public speaking skills so that you can more comfortably and successfully pitch your work and ask for financial support from presenting venues and funders.
  5. April 4: Promoting Your Work, with Jackie Battenfield
    Learn how to build a promotional campaign that expresses the quality and character of your work, as well as essential skills to jump start your promotional efforts.
  6. April 18: Web Best Practices and Review, with Matthew Deleget
    Learn how online resources can be used to expand your audience size and stay connected to your community. This workshop includes “best practices” for optimizing your website, streamlining email communications, and increasing social media presence.

In addition to the six workshops, participants will receive:
Our Strategic Planning workbook, our Artists’ Tools Handbook, one free webinar to dive deeper into the specific topics and skills most important to you, and an optional follow-up session at Creative Capital allowing participants to check in with a workshop leader about their progress and challenges.
Cost: $250 for the entire series.

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Snapshot: Artists Summer Institute 2015

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Leaving Governor’s Island was difficult this past Sunday as we we wrapped up this year’s session of Artists Summer Institute. Artists Summer Institute is a five-day intensive professional development opportunity for artists created and developed in partnership between Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and Creative Capital.

ASI provides a unique opportunity for artists for to retreat from their daily routines to focus on developing their professional skills and artistic goals. The program combines the best of LMCC’s Basic Finance for Artists and Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) to provide a comprehensive range of training, tools, and resources for working artists. The curriculum offers arts-focused professional training in the areas of strategic planning, verbal communications, marketing and promotion, Internet optimization, financial management, and business planning. Continue reading

Snapshot: Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas

“No one is coming to save you. You are enough,” Ela Troyano assured her audience of eager and talented Latino artists with one of the favorite maxims of longtime Creative Capital consultant Colleen Keegan. “I googled every one of you. The amount of talent in the room is incredible.”

Ela led Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas alongside her friend and fellow Creative Capital grantee Chemi Rosado-Seijo at Creative Capital on Monday June 22. The workshop includes lectures on Strategic Planning and creating a Business Plan; breakout groups on Verbal Communications and Art Business Management; and an interactive exercise on Targeted Marketing—all geared to Spanish-speaking artists who often work in different countries and cultures.

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Making New Friends at Taller Profesional de Desarollo Para Artistas

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Photo Gallery: Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work in Chicago

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Choreographer and workshop leader Andrew Simonet leads the group in a session on Funding Your Work.

“[The workshop] was some of the most beneficial hours I’ve spent on my art practice in a long time! I feel like this is the beginning of something expansive.”
—Ahavani Mullen, Workshop Participant,
3Arts Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work, 2015

On March 28th, 34 Chicago artists got direct access to Creative Capital Professional Development Program workshop leaders Colleen Keegan, Beverly McIver and Andrew Simonet during a one-day workshop, generously underwritten by Tequila Herradura and hosted by 3Arts. The workshop focused on two primary areas—Strategic Planning and Funding Your Work—as well as addressing a number of micro-topics within each area, including: creating a business plan, valuing your time, revenue streams, time management, grants & fundraising, and communications.

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Snapshot: Amy Smith Talks Money in Miami Financial Literacy Workshop

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“This financial Creative Capital workshop has helped clarify topics that were still slightly mystified. Through Amy’s clear communication and descriptions of these scary money topics, I can now say in confidence that I can hold a long, financially sound future as a professional artist.”
– Natasha Lopez DeVictoria, Participant, 2015 Financial Literacy Workshop in Miami

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Snapshot: Professional Development Workshops in Cary & Atlanta

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Andrew Simonet (center, in blue) leads a group of artists in PDP’s Cary, NC workshop.

The Creative Capital workshop has helped me to see the work I do in a different light: it is valuable, marketable and not something I should apologize for. My personal art practice should not come second to the work I do to make a living—permission to prioritize!
Cara Hagan, Participant, Core Skills Weekend Workshop, Cary, NC

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