During 2014, I started an information gathering process to better my survival as an artist. I've been fortunate to receive a few grants over the past couple of years, but I've also gotten plenty of rejections, like everyone does. Since I'm also the breadwinner for my family, I started thinking about financial planning, networking, and how to move on to more comfortable living.
Most of this advice is US-based, if any international readers, or other readers, have suggestions, I welcome them!
Ask Polly: How Do I Make A Living As An Artist?
Molly Crabapple's 15 Rules for Creative Success in An Internet Age
Sustaining a Lifelong Creative Career
Planned Parenthood - because sometimes you need to get your bits checked.
How to locate low-cost mental health care in the US and Canada - by the ever-wise Captain Awkward, because sometimes you need to talk to someone.
What is a health insurance subsidy and do I qualify?
How to Brazenly Ask for Favors to Boost Your Career - by Jen Dzuira
Bullish Life - also by Jen Dzuira. Not targeted towards artists, but a good deal of it can be applied to managing an artist's career.
A Beginner's Guide to Repaying Student Loans
Hourly Wage or Project Fee - from Freelancer's Union.
Artists U - free downloadable ebook about making your life as an artist by Andrew Simonet. Includes advice on developing a budget and financial goals.
Dealing with a Fluctuating Income - by Christina Empodocles
Sm*Artly - Christina Empodocles' blog on financial planning for artists.
WAGE Fee Calculator
Should I Work for Free?
Standard Deviation: Should I Work for Free? (PDF)
The Artists' Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement (PDF)
To Exhibit or Not To Exhibit: A Decision Table
Tips and Tools for Artists: What are Award Panelists Looking for?
Kristina Wong: "What lengths of self-humiliation am I willing to go through to meet my Kickstarter goal?"
Advice from a Juror
Copyright for Collage Artists - specific to collage, but also a great overview of copyright law and common myths.
Ask a Manager - again, not targeted toward artists, but a source of information that can be used.
Tales from the Public Domain - Free PDF on the public domain told in comic book form, from Duke University's Center for Study of the Public Domain.
Intellectual Property and the Arts - from the College Arts Association
Fair Use or Infringement? - from the Graphic Arts Guild
Arts and Labor
Grants and other funding for individual artists
As a final note, I thought I'd include links to three artists' projects who have made selling their work an integral part of their studio practice:
Imin Yeh - BenJams
Lisa Anne Auerbach - Days of the Week Clothing