The creative class-artists, actors, writers, musicians, freelancers, dancers, performers, and the like-are known for applying their passion for creative expression to everything they do. Perhaps the one thing that most fills this group with apprehension is the rigid world of numbers. This leads to problems arising from the unconventional financial and business situations of creative professionals, as well as the nonprofit organizations with which they're often affiliated.This engaging, accessible guide that covers a variety of must-know topics, such as budgeting, cash management, visual charting, taxes, employment, and business etiquette. Arts & Numbers is a lively and artfully read aiming to help creative professionals plan their present financial situations and secure their futures.
This compendium offers information for emerging and established artists with concrete suggestions on how to live a vital artist's life. This includes information on housing, home-office, car and health insurance, finances, the internet, legal assistance, artist portfolios, grants, MFA programs, theatre companies and artists retreats. The authors take the reader through each aspect of building a practical life, and offer the kind of teaching not covered in art school, presenting substantive input from over thirty-five professionals in the fields of writing, acting, dance, visual arts and music. The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM with an extensive appendix and hundreds of hot links to artist resources.
While all art is unique, the challenges artists face are shared regardless of background, experience, and artistic medium. With decades of experience training and helping artists, the expert staff of the New York Foundation for the Arts have compiled a "best practices" approach to planning and organizing an art career. In this book, NYFA has identified common problems, examined specialized areas of business, finance, marketing, and law, and distilled these topics in such a way that readers can digest them and apply them to their own experience and practice. Included are interviews, anecdotes, and in-depth case studies.