Articles

Patrick Gough

Auditioning is the Job

By the time an actor gets on-set, the hard work is over

On a set? Getting paid? That’s all gravy. Auditioning is the job, and the work is a perk.

John Preus

Granted: John Preus

On winning the 2014 MAKER Grant

Honesty comes in different flavors: brutal, gentle, tactful, diplomatic, revelatory. Pick your flavor, but don't be an asshole.

Chicago Home Theater Festival

Curating for Radical Generosity

Using private spaces for performance & building audiences

The fest pairs performers with hosts to showcase artists in non-traditional venues where the public can discuss art.

Dancing in the Street

Legal Considerations when Performing Outside the Box

With the required licenses a performer can worry less about getting caught in the act.

Emily Weber

Career Moves: Emily Weber, Director, Yorkville Performing Arts Center

From dancer/musician to community arts center founder and administrator

Emily Weber’s decision to start a children’s arts center is an extension of her passion for dance and her love of music. She has the unique ability to teach all ages and styles of dance. She considers this a gift, and loves to teach students who want to learn and enjoy this art of expression.

Tom Camacho

The Three Types of Grants

Finding the Best Option for your Non-Profit

In a general sense, there are three overall types of grants: foundation, corporate and government.

Heather Liberman

Music Copyright

A Quick and Dirty Tutorial

Protection doesn’t prevent anyone from stealing your music; it arms you with ways to reclaim your work and penalize the offender.

Sheryl Kosovski

Pricing Worksheet

Sheryl Kosovski takes us through the paces to determine our rates

Almost all creative entrepreneurs under-charge their clients ... no one has looked at what it really costs to do the work.

Marie Casimir

Fiscal Sponsorship for Chicago Performers

A conversation with Links Hall's Associate Director Marie Casimir

Fiscal sponsorship “allows individual artists and collectives to access fundraising opportunities, financial services, training and mentoring expertise."

George Bajalia

Granted: George Bajalia

Using free-writing, this theatre artist buys time to revise.

The most appealing thing to grantors is demonstrating an ability to develop a realistic and executable plan. Get specific.

Rachel Bunting

Granted: Rachel Bunting

Writing grants like poetry, this dancer wins by wooing the funders.

Before I start dancing or hashing ideas out in the studio, I have already accumulated too many ideas. At first I don’t put any reins on these ideas. I have dreamed them up, and I give those dreams their full due.

Barry Cooper II

A "Passing" Fancy

The IRS is scrutinizing pass-through businesses (like artists). Use these tips to avoid audits

According to IRS statistics, small business formation and tax filings increased by 15% percent between 2007 and 2011. As a result the IRS's largest increase of audits were of flow-through entities in fiscal year 2012.

2nd Floor Rear Director Katie Waddell

So You Wanna Run an Art Festival.

Tips and tricks from the director of 2nd Floor Rear

Chicago’s art scene suffers from mid-career flight because Chicago lacks resources for financially sustaining professional artists… I wanted to find a way to re-frame these purported weaknesses as specific characteristics, and in so doing, celebrate Chicago’s DIY art scene.

Barry Cooper II of Limelight Accounting

Your Art Business ... Or is that Hobby?

Look at your arts practice like the IRS to know what you can deduct.

Due to the unconventional nature of the creative hobby business, it is often difficult to determine the best way to account for profits and losses on tax returns. When tax season comes around artists often discover they spent more money on materials and equipment than they made in income, so they show a loss for their creative venture to offset their normal employment income.

John J. Thompson

Career Moves: From teenaged entrepreneur to creative director

John J. Thompson talks to CAR about navigating the music industry

If a songwriter intends to be generating a significant income from his or her songs, I believe it is mandatory for them to possess a significant amount of cultural and professional awareness. I do not subscribe to the binary “art-versus-commerce” argument anymore. Once a songwriter exposes her song to an audience there is commerce involved.

Chicago Music Summit 9.20.2013

Chicago Music Summit 2013

Recordings of Chicago's inaugural music gathering.

Chicago is a global music powerhouse activated by musicians working across multiple genres at the highest level of artistry.

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