Hello and welcome to our Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists Newsletter! We are excited to bring you a collection of great resources, tools, and information both for you and for the artists that you serve. As we continue to build this newsletter, please feel free to let me know of any topics or information you would like to hear more about. We are here to support your work with artists.




To further support your work, we are bringing you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. These monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Coming up:


Marketing Support for Artists

Wednesday, June 26 @ 1:00PM EDT

What skills do artists need to thrive as entrepreneurs in a crowded marketplace? Join Ceylon Mitchell, Musician and Owner/Director of Music Media Marketing, as he discusses strategies to start, manage, and grow a business for an individual artist. Learn tips about how you can support musicians and other artists in their journey of growing their recognition and business.


Featured Coffee Chat Replay: Supporting Artists as Entrepreneurs

What skills do artists need to thrive as entrepreneurs? This replay features James Hart, Director of Arts Entrepreneurship and Professor of Practice with Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts as we discussed what Arts Entrepreneurship is, why students and early career artists need to think about their profession in this way, and how to support artists on their journey of becoming an Arts Entrepreneur. 




Looking for a deep dive into supporting artists of specific disciplines? We are launching a series of deep dive discipline specific webinars for you to gain knowledge on supporting specific types of artists.


Supporting Individual Artists: Musicians Edition

Wednesday, June 5 @ 3:30PM EDT

Recognizing that communities need more than just strong businesses to thrive, Central Iowa has staked its claim on a robust arts and culture scene to attract, retain, engage, entertain and inspire residents and visitors alike. With a commitment to fostering a strong creative economy, this community recognizes and values the role that individual artists in creating a vibrant community. This commitment is evident as we look at the many organizations supporting artists of all disciplines, especially musicians. Join us for a webinar with representatives from Des Moines, Iowa as we explore ways that a community can holistically support musicians through avenues such as marketing, financial skill building, providing performance spaces, and more.




Alternative Attic showcases Akron musicians in basements and living rooms

The Blues and the Sky: Artists tell stories of black personhood, survival


Cuban Artists Commemorate Stonewall




Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait by the National Endowment for the Arts


Survey Report: A study on the financial state of visual artists today by the Creative Independent




Ideation without Execution is Fear Wrapped up in Procrastination


How do we Prepare Art Students for the Workforce?


Galvanizing Artists to Engage the Military and their Loved Ones in their Communities


The Untapped Well of Art School


But What Does Arts Entrepreneurship Even Mean?




Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists - a toolkit from Springboard for the Arts


Social-Practice Residencies - a toolkit from Alliance of Artist Communities


Rivet - a free online listing service delivering up-to-date information about artist residencies and opportunities worldwide.



Thank you for all you do to support artists in your community!


Yours in Learning,



Cristyn Johnson

Local Arts Advancement Program Manager                         
Americans for the Arts

1000 Vermont Ave NW 6th Floor

Washington, DC 20005-4940

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202.789.2830 fax


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Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists  is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.