ACTOR'S FUND: UNDERSTANDING HEALTHCARE REFORM
Since its inception, the Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) has had a single mission: to help all artists in this country get quality affordable insurance for themselves and their families. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010 has brought us within reach of that goal. Because so many of its provisions are directed at the individual and small group market, where the majority of visual and performing artists and entertainment professionals who are ineligible for union insurance find themselves, it is critical that we understand how we can benefit from them. This booklet is a clear explanation in a simple question and answer format of the most significant programs and reforms within the law, with special emphasis on those that directly impact the lives of artists.
ALLIANCE OF ARTISTS' COMMUNITIES
The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities and residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.
THE ARTISTS' HEALTH INSURANCE RESOURCE CENTER
Since 1998, The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) website has helped artists everywhere get affordable, quality health insurance and health care.
CENTER FOR CULTURAL INNOVATION
The Center for Cultural Innovation was founded in 2001 with a mission to promote knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants and loans, and incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field.
D*S BIZ LADIES SERIES
Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge, runs this national series of meet ups for women running art/design-based businesses. In addition to the national series of meetups, the column on designsponge.com provides free advice on the subjects of PR/marketing, business/financial decisions, and more.
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.
Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.
GETTING YOUR SH*T TOGETHER
Spearheaded by Karen Atkinson, GYST-Ink has been the leading resource for professional practice, art advice and art business services in Southern California for over ten years. GYST's products and services include professional practices software, a blog, a newsletter, career development workshops, artist resume and statement reviewing, document and artwork documentation and archiving, a Skills Bank, web development, and consulting services.
Residency Unlimited supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. Residencies may focus on research and dialogue rather than on traditional production formats. In addition, to the local New York-based residencies, RU offers national and international exchanges.
UNITED STATES ARTISTS
The USA Fellows program, which annually awards $50,000 unrestricted grants to 50 artists across the country in 8 artistic disciplines.
VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
VLA is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artists and arts organizations.
TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION
Learn to code, interactively, for free. (If you're interested in joining a Coding Club for artists using Codeacademy, email Jessica! firstname.lastname@example.org)
General Assembly's mission is to offer full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century—from web development to user experience design, to business fundamentals, and digital marketing.
Skillshare hosts hundreds of incredibly affordable online classes from the world's best teachers. Classes are project-based and you can work through each at your own pace.