From Backstage: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act introduced a tax credit for individuals and families that are losing work due to illness or caring for family members sick with Covid. The article is geared toward actors, but is applicable to anyone claiming self-employment income. Click onward for more information!
Jess Pillmore posted this great read on HowlRound reminding actors and other creatives that saying "no" now and again is critical to managing your career."
Backstage.com has listed the range of unions and professional organizations for stage and screen actors, musicians, and others in the performing arts.
Any artist applying for a grant, whether it be from a local agency like the Arts Council of Indianapolis or a national private funder will need to include well thought out supplemental materials with your grant submission. What are supplemental materials? These include Work Samples (audio of your band playing or video or you performing live on stage) and Support Materials (critical reviews of your work or letters of support).
Before you submit your next grant application, review this PowerPoint to get tips to best represent yourself and your work.
Supplemental Materials for Performing Artists PDF
For actors in major cities deciding whether or not to join a union may be a simple choice, but in central Indiana where Equity opportunities are limited, it is a much harder decision. Lou Harry, playwright, producer, Arts Council Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, and arts writer for the IBJ shares a bit of insight by laying out the pros and cons of joining a union for central Indiana actors in this piece in the IBJ.
Howl Round is a site created to support the theatre community. It includes a blog, reviews, a New Play Map to show you were new work is happening around the country and more. The site creates an environment for theatre artists to engage with and learn from each other. www.HowlRound.com
The New Harmony Project brings together talented writers, directors, dramaturgs, filmmakers, actors, and students from around the country.
Stage 32 has been called the LinkedIN meets Lynda for film, television, and theatre creatives. The vast site offers job listings, individual profiles, and networking opportunities. The most helpful to us was the Blog which included five years of archived articles and resources that are easy to search!
New Dramatists is one of the country’s leading playwright centers and a nationally recognized new play laboratory. In the 65 years since its founding, 600 new dramatists have passed through its doors, creating work that has laid the foundation for contemporary American dramatic literature.
The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists offers annual grants to filmmakers and theater artists. The organization promotes innovative theatre and film through grants and mentoring. Visit www.thedaveyfoundation.org for more information.
Fractured Atlas is an artist service organization whose mission is to serve and advocate for artists of all disciplines. The group offers many services for professional artists, but their programs involve:
- Fundraising - fiscal sponsorship program
- Insurance - for people, art, and events
- Space - finding space for creative events
- Web software - free web module to track patrons and ticket sales
The group also has an artist resource site with lots of great info called Fractured U.
Women Arts has created a listing of organizations offering funding to artists in many different categories including by region, by discipline and specifically for women artists.