“Death & Taxes” was originally written for Black Umbrella Brigade. Our singer wanted a danceable, instrumental song, so I brought in this idea for an angular funk jam. It was too hip for the room, though, and we never performed it.
"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."
When I wrote this piece, I was still making music with a band called Leaves. I always felt like the guys in Leaves played this song beautifully, but the band broke up before we had a chance to record it. Since then I recorded this song a few different times with a few different bands.
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.
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.
I had been thinking about writing a song that encourages silliness, which is a basic necessity of life. So often we take things way too seriously. This song is a reminder to myself that life is a gift.
Settled along the Chicago River on the city’s Northwest Side, Albany Park is a neighborhood rich with multicultural storytelling, baseball, paintings, theater, children’s books, hot dogs, and community organizing.
Learn from venue and festival talent buyers directly as they demystify the booking process. Hear first-hand what they look for in a booking submission, and how booking decisions are made.
"Song for the New Decade" is part of the 2012 album Pop Art, an album that uses short-form, modern-day pop songs as formal inspiration. The idea was to put straightforward jazz compositions into the framework of the modern pop song format.
Insights into how artists can use radio (both locally and nationally) to help their work and ideas reach a larger audience.
Every creative person builds creative content. Learn about protecting that creative content through copyright, trademark, right of publicity, patent, and trade secrets. Also, what happens after protecting the content, specifically, licensing rights to and from other parties and enforcing rights against other parties.
An introduction to USAprojects.org, a non-profit site built exclusively to help artists fund their projects (almost $4 million in 3 years).
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.
Prepare for creative careers in today's job market. We will discuss cutting edge practices for developing resumes, written materials, and online portfolios, as well as strategies for finding jobs and building networks to support and develop career paths.
Basic building blocks that artists, songwriters, and producers need to get their music careers started properly.
An effective board of directors starts with well-intentioned, caring and committed members, but a great one takes more than having good people.
Chicago, the City in a Garden, is well-known for its green accomplishments. Beyond its miles of green roofs and bike lanes lies tremendous opportunity for artists to partner with the region’s leading environmental organizations. This panel brings together key institutions in the region – the F
WordPress is an easy content management system. Learn the basics, the dashboard, how to run a clean site, plugins, security and where you can take your site from here.
Discover practical and proven action steps to secure the funding you want for your arts organization.