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Provides business services to artists and publishes Do-It-Yourself Quick-Fix Tax Kits, a series of tax and business guides for visual artists and the self-employed.

 W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy)
Draws attention to economic inequalities that exist in the arts, and works to resolve them. Its advocacy efforts have successfully received commitments from many U.S. nonprofit art institutions to pay artist exhibition fees for solo and group shows. A fee calculator is published on the organization’s wehsite.

A nonprofit organization that offers many support services to artist-members, including fiscal sponsorship.

Published by the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).  An online emergency readiness and recovery guide for artists. Provides concise and helpful tips to safeguard artists' careers from emergencies, and begin the recovery process if disaster strikes. Lists companies that provide all types of insurance to visual artists and performing artists, including studio insurance, liability, single exhibition insurance, etc. The guide provides in-depth information on disaster prevention and planning on a wide variety of topics with annotated listings of web and print resources . Also includes interviews with artists and experts regarding real-world experience to the mix of topics and issues.


Excerpts from How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist

Excuses and Fear

"If you want to avoid fulfilling your potential as an artist, there are many ways of going about it. Excuses are easy to find. It is also easy to blame others for disappointments and place the onus of rejection on other people’s shoulders. It is also easy to become paralyzed by insecurities and fears – a fear of the marketplace – a fear of rejection – a fear of not measuring up to the talents of other artists. The fear list can go on and on.”

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