A filmmaker finds footage of his childhood home burning to the ground, and draws a sense of closure from it.
On a set? Getting paid? That’s all gravy. Auditioning is the job, and the work is a perk.
Honesty comes in different flavors: brutal, gentle, tactful, diplomatic, revelatory. Pick your flavor, but don't be an asshole.
The fest pairs performers with hosts to showcase artists in non-traditional venues where the public can discuss art.
With the required licenses a performer can worry less about getting caught in the act.
The biggest challenge is finding out how each child learns, then catering your teaching.
In a general sense, there are three overall types of grants: foundation, corporate and government.
Protection doesn’t prevent anyone from stealing your music; it arms you with ways to reclaim your work and penalize the offender.
Is an internship a job, a class? Opinions on internships often fall along a fault line citing privilege as its division.
Almost all creative entrepreneurs under-charge their clients ... no one has looked at what it really costs to do the work.
Fiscal sponsorship “allows individual artists and collectives to access fundraising opportunities, financial services, training and mentoring expertise."
The Berne Convention requires uniform baseline protection, but generally this is based on the country of origin.
The most appealing thing to grantors is demonstrating an ability to develop a realistic and executable plan. Get specific.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a global music powerhouse activated by musicians working across multiple genres at the highest level of artistry.