7 Steps to Business Start-up

This guide discusses the main points you should consider in the early stages of starting out as a self-employed art practitioner, designer or creative business. This is an original work devised by Ali …

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John Kieffer and Gilane Tawadros: the funding problem, or, a better way to distribute public funding

How could the arts be financially supported in more efficient ways that better benefit artists? http://soundcloud.com/artquest/system-failure-the-funding-problem With John Kieffer and Gilane Tawadros. …

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Anonymous: The Funding Party

I have been at both ends of funding decisions, doing very well in many cases while also losing almost everything. But nobody died. On the other hand, I’m sick to death of hearing the phrase ‘difficult …

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When to apply for grants

Making grant applications takes a lot of time, and is highly competitive: avoid wasting your resources by considering whether to apply before putting pen to paper, or if it’s better to wait until a pr …

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Exploit your assets

Most artists earn only a small proportion of their income directly from their art practice (and many earn nothing at all from being an artist): there are many different ways to finance your career. So …

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Who provides grant funding?

Grant funding comes from two main sources: public funders (such as local councils or Arts Council England) and private funders (charities, trusts and foundations). Public Funders Government department …

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What is a grant?

Grant funding is traditionally the best-known type of funding for artists. Consequently, it is a highly competitive field with many more people applying for grants than can be supported. A grant is a …

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Fundraising basics

Fundraising can be a full-time occupation, so what can you do if you want to get more effective at applying for grants without it taking over your life? Be prepared Every application needs to be tailo …

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Sponsorship

When looking for sponsorship, it’s best to only approach companies that you have some kind of link with or who may have some sympathy toward your work and practice. Companies may prefer supporting org …

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Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding lets you ask for small amounts of money from a large number, instead of the usual model of asking large amounts of money from a small number of people. At its heart, crowdfunding is a soc …

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