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Cheri Coons

Remarkable Theater Mentor: Cheri Coons

Theater is by its very nature a community endeavor, and mentoring, therefore, can be a group activity...

Elizabeth Doyle sits down with Cheri Coons to discuss the importance of mentorship in musical theater, including the "mentor food chain," the origin of the actual word in Greek theater and how sharing of both successes and failures can help others in their journey.

Amalie Drury

Tips and Tricks: Get Paid

Once you turn in your story, they'll likely move on to the next project and won't be thinking about the money you're owed. So be proactive about requesting, filling out and returning payment forms like contracts, W-9s and invoices.

Shannon Stratton

The Little Things

Small gestures of gratitude make a difference in the arts.

Learning to say no might be one little thing we can all do for ourselves, and each other.

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.

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.

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."

Singletrack: ATOM-r

"The Operature" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

We discovered we could activate gallery spaces as if they were crime scenes or sites of cruising—of men interacting with men.

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.

Nadia Oussenko

Singletrack: Choreographer Nadia Oussenko

On directing the dance-film "Nothing to See/Hear"

Nothing to See/Hear is a love story about two women and their unraveling relationship. As the estranged couple poses in a portrait studio, each reflects on their former intimacy. The story is set to the bittersweet track A True Story of a Story of True Love by The Books.

Raphaelle Ziemba

Singletrack: Choreographer Raphaelle Ziemba

On the participatory series, "Dance: A Moving Canvas"

"Dance: A Moving Canvas" is program that seeks to expand dance audiences in Chicago by enabling participants to deepen their understanding of the choreographic process. Three choreographers were chosen by jury to develop work for the program.

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.

Erica Mott

Singletrack: Erica Mott

Rehearsal footage from the interdisciplinary "3 Singers Opera"

The interdisciplinary performance "3 Singers Opera" explores the female body’s relationship with machinery, particularly with the labor, production and policies of the textile industry.

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