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Grants Contributions Fiscal Sponsorship Thinking outside the box With Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Fresh Arts. Funding for the Individual Artist Local opportunities & Getting Creative. Money is always the issue. So, where do you find it?. $$$. Art Sales/commissions
Thinking outside the box
With Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Fresh Arts
It won’t solve all your problems, and it won’t dive too deep into the How To’s… Fresh Arts hosts workshops covering those details. We encourage you to check them out!
Grants usually come from private foundations or from governmental agencies. (Direct)
OR from contracted organizations who function as a gateway for other (often governmental) funding- i.e. Houston Arts Alliance.(Indirect)
*There is usually more indirect support available for individual artists than direct.
Are you searching for a grant to fund a specific project you already have in mind? (Is it time-sensitive?)
Are you open to the project parameters dictated by the funder?
Grant cycles can be as long as 1-2 years ahead.
Keep in mind that frequently funding is received AFTER the project is completed, which means the up-front investment (materials, etc.) is YOUR responsibility.
Grant Space (The Foundation Center) http://grantspace.org/Skills/Developing-Proposals
…is one option.
Definition (from Wikipedia):
“…the practice of non-profit organizations offering their legal and tax-exempt status to groups engaged in activities related to the organization's missions; typically involving a fee-based contractual arrangement between a project and an established non-profit.”
Patronage is NOT dead.
Patronage is simply directed to individual/personality-driven nonprofits, rather than to unaffiliated individuals.
Fundraising, whether for a nonprofit or for yourself, is about relationships.
Start with your friends.
Your friends, family, and colleagues are the foundation for a support network. Their support can also be used to leverage other funds.
Photographer David Brown raised $8,000 to fund his trip to France for Lens Culture FotoFest Paris to meet with curators & photo editors
Local band Two Star Symphony raised over $7,000 to fund studio time to record the score for their collaboration with Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre
Collaborative of artists (including Houston’s Troy Stanley & Amberry Jam) raised just under $10,000 to build a temporary sculpture at Burning Man
All almost entirely from individual contributions!
* Tax deduction available if a campaign is tied to a fiscal sponsor, like Fractured Atlas.
Leverage a successful campaign into a consistent strategy to cultivate an ongoing network of supporters and advocates.
And remember, whether it be grants or donations, consistency & persistence are KEY.
This is a truncated version of Fresh Arts’ popular workshop: Funding Strategies for Individual Artists. For more details, come see us at the Artist Resource Center!
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