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Reading and Resources for Artists

November 2009

Photo by John NybergPhoto by John Nyberg

As an artist, it’s very important that you stay on top of your chosen field of work. You’ll want to do this by reading news about art, but if you’re trying to sell your works, you’ll also want to read about ways to increase your business. There are plenty of websites, books, and resources out there for artists just like you who want to make a living off of doing what they love.

First off, you’ll probably want to start with some essential reading. Check out websites like your state’s department of businesses website, which will be able to tell you all about getting your tax system set up, taking income tax, and becoming properly insured. Then, you’ll want to look at the information on several insurance websites, where you’ll be able to find out exactly what kind of insurance you need.

After that’s out of the way, you can move on to more interesting topics. There are literally thousands of books out there for people who are building small businesses, whether they be artists or contractors. You can look up these books at your local library and skim through to find the business aspects that are applicable to you, and you can probably even find lots of books for people who are doing exactly what you are.

If you’re interested in learning how to set goals for yourself, check out Geoffrey Gorman’s article on the subject at http://www.nyfa.org. This website, the official site of the New York Foundation for the Arts, also has articles on writing artists’ statements and succeeding as an artist by connecting with other artists.

You can also get tips for an artist in business from books like Constance Smith and Sue Viders’s Art Office and Lee Silber’s Time Management for the Creative Person. And don’t forget about publicity! You need to get your name out there, and one excellent way to do that is to check out articles on the subject on websites like http://www.nyfa.org and http://www.artbusiness.com.

If your business is just starting out, you can get money to pay for supplies, a booth, and other necessities through grants and other funding opportunities. There are so many opportunities out there that you shouldn’t miss any of them. Check out books like The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist by Margaret Lazzari and articles like “Proposal Writing for Funding Projects” by Yedda Morrison on http://www.nyfa.org for more information on subjects like these.

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