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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.

The Hamlet Project

Your New Drinking Game: Hamlet

The Hamlet Project uses booze and ad hoc interpretation to rekindle your love for the Bard.

Hamlet holds a sacred place in the canon. It’s been done in both the literal and figurative sense by everyone from Laurence Olivier to Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Hamlet Project, however, may actually add something.

Photographer Rosy Torres with CAR Visual Arts Editor Andi Crist

The Edit: Photographer Rosy Torres

Writing yourself out of your statement

The key to a good artist statement is to dig into what the work is about. Perhaps calling an essay an "artist statement" is misleading, as artists generally seem to think it should be about them. Your artist statement should be a statement by the artist and about the work.

Cara Huffmann

Law for Artists: Fair Use

The use of protected works balances unevenly between the First Amendment and the Constitution's copyright clause

Copyright law can be confusing, especially with the abundance of misinformation circulated. In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers, and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise.

CAR Editor JC Steinbrunner interviews Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program at DCASE

Portfolios, Pitches and Projections: Overcoming Those Grant Application Blues

An interview with Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program, DCASE

Budgets, work samples and artist statements haunt our efforts to get the free grant money we so richly deserve. CAR sat down with Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program at DCASE, and herself a dancer, to give us some straight answers on how to calculate a budget, prep a portfolio and write a statement.

Nicole Garneau

The Edit: Performance Artist Nicole Garneau

Making a statement flexible for artists with multiple bodies of work

Garneau works in so many media and has so many interests that one artist statement will never quite capture her work. We'll develop a customizable model: a base statement that satisfies the core criteria of her interests, and room to slot in a specific work example that reinforces the base.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: Copyright Duration

Copyright lengths for individuals, joint works, works made for hire and anonymous

Copyright law can be confusing, especially with the abundance of misinformation circulated. In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This series of articles will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: The Basics of Copyright

Copyright defined, owner rights, and the benefits of registration

In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This article will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

James T. Green

Digital Self: Managing Your Online Presence

How artists manage personal and professional personae online

I put myself in the mindset of baking. My art-making and design work are the cake, the foundation. They take the majority of my time and energy. Social media is the icing that lends a voice to what I do—just enough but not overpowering.

Small Fish Radio

Singletrack: Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium

"The Adventures of Skater Girl, Episode One" performed at Chicago Fringe Festival

Small Fish Radio Theatre brings together an old-time radio format and brand-new work. This the first play we have presented episodically. Creating soundscapes to keep the listener located in the world of this play has been most interesting.

David Kornfeld, Producing Artistic Director of Underscore Theatre

Singletrack: David Kornfeld of Underscore Theatre

"The Best Part of My Day" from the musical Pr0ne

Pr0ne follows Jessica Harrison, an aspiring film actress, and her family as the country discovers her secret: that she is the unnamed, possibly exploited, young woman in an adult “casting couch” video at the heart of a highly-publicized legal battle.

Granted: Mary Patten on Maker Grant

Mary Patten on Winning the Maker Grant

CAR's ongoing series of successful grant application strategies

It’s really important to decide which project pursue from all the projects an artist might be working on. Be very careful in choosing your project. Make sure there’s a good correspondence there. One of the ways to figure that out is to look at whom else they’ve funded.

Starving Artist: June 29th, 2013

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Culinary and Visual Arts

Artist Sabina Ott and Chef Bill Kim discuss working together on CAC's "Starving Artist" fundraiser

"Collaboration is a quality-of-life issue. It becomes an act of hospitality and generosity, an idea that what you do ultimately permeates everything that you are" ..."And we are all in that same community: We’re creative, and we’re working with our hands."

Rebecca Kling

Spending Money to Make Money

Rebecca Kling on ways to invest in your practice

As an artist, spending money on non-essentials is a difficult concept to get behind. When you’re struggling to make rent, putting money into an abstract project is hard to justify. Why should you put money toward something that might help you when you can pay for something that you need to do now.

Gross = Net/(1-Charges)

Calculating Net Profit After Taxes and Surcharges

A simple formula to account for the costs of doing business

Setting a base price is difficult enough: You have to assess the state of the market, your relationships with potential collectors, your sales and exhibition/performance history, your volume of output and perceived demand. Then comes a patron. You "run the numbers" which, for most creatives, means you worry about it for a while. A number floats into focus.

Creative Chicago Expo 2013

USA Projects: We help artists fund projects

Jesse Rosen of USA Projects and Lauren Levato, a funded artist

An introduction to USAprojects.org, a non-profit site built exclusively to help artists fund their projects (almost $4 million in 3 years).

Your Proposal Toolbox

Alice Feldt of Time Gift Artist Assistance

So much of an artist’s access to exhibitions, grants, and residencies begins with proposals.  Learn basic time management, organizational skills, the components of a successful proposal, and useful virtual tools. 

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