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  1. Artist Trust Toolkits
  2. Annual Artist Survey
  3. Artist Trust Webinars
  4. Artist-Serving Organizations & Spaces
  5. Advocacy & Legal Assistance
  6. Art Archiving, Documentation & Handling
  7. Continuing Education
  8. Emergency Preparedness & Assistance
  9. Employment
  10. Finances & Accounting
  11. Fiscal Sponsorship
  12. Funding
  13. Housing
  14. Health Services & Info
  15. Legacy & Estate Planning
  16. Promotion & Marketing
  17. Other Professional Resources
  18. Property, Liability & Special Event Insurance
  19. Racial Equity
  20. Residencies

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Artist Trust Toolkits

  1. Applying for Grants

Annual Artist Survey

  1. 2019 Artist Survey
  2. 2018 Artist Survey
  3. 2017 Artist Survey
  4. 2016 Artist Survey

Artist Trust Webinars

  1. Webinar: 2019 Twining Humber & SOLA Awards
  2. Webinar: 2019 Fellowship Awards
  3. Webinar: 2019 Arts Innovator Award
  4. Webinar: 2018 James W. Ray Awards
  5. Webinar: 2018 LaSalle Storyteller Award
  6. Webinar: 2018 GAP Award
  7. Webinar: 2018 Fellowship Award
  8. Webinar: 2018 Arts Innovator Award
  9. Webinar: A Look at Artists’ Legacy & Estate Planning

Artist-Serving Organizations & Spaces

  1. Toolkit: Starting Your Own Art Space
  2. List: Artist-Serving Organizations by County
  3. Town Hall Video: Affordable Housing and Work Spaces for Artists
  4. List: Live/Work Art Spaces and Property Managers in Seattle
  5. Music: Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
  6. Business Impact Northwest
  7. Music: Totem Star
  8. Listings Project - Real Estate
  9. STUSU - Studio Rentals/Sublets
  10. Performing: Bainbridge Performing Arts
  11. Bellevue Arts Museum
  12. SIS Writers Group
  13. Delridge Neighborhood Development Association
  14. Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas
  15. Tinkertopia, LLC
  16. Fremont Arts Council
  17. Multi-discipline: City of Olympia Arts Commission
  18. Frye Art Museum
  19. Visual: Women Painters of Washington
  20. Multi-discipline: SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) Arts
  21. Performing: Musicians without Borders
  22. Performing: Pacific NW Chapter of The Grammys
  23. Literary: Erika Dreifus’s Practicing Writer
  24. Literary: The Associated Writers and Writing Programs
  25. Film/Media: Women Make Movies
  26. Film/Media: Women in Film Seattle
  27. Film/Media: Independent Television Service
  28. Theatre: ACT - A Contemporary Theatre
  29. Songwriters Guild of America
  30. Visual: Gallery 110
  31. Visual: Seattle Metals Guild
  32. Photography: Wall Space Gallery
  33. Design: Danaca Design
  34. Visual: Sev Shoon Arts Center
  35. Visual: Art/Not Terminal Gallery
  36. Performing: Freehold Theatre, Seattle
  37. Performing: Seattle Theatre Group (STG)
  38. Folk/Traditional: Northwest Folklife
  39. Perfoming: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle
  40. Music: Seattle Symphony
  41. Multi-discipline: Seattle Art Museum
  42. Visual: PUNCH Gallery
  43. (ArtsWA) Washington State Arts Commission
  44. Multi-discipline: INSCAPE
  45. Multi-discipline: SIS Productions
  46. Visual: Shift Gallery
  47. Multi-discipline: National Arts and Disability Center
  48. Visual: Georgetown Art Center
  49. Multi-discipline: ActivSpace
  50. Film/Media: American Indian Film Institute
  51. Theatre: PNTA Theater and Stage Store
  52. Multi-discipline: Woman Made Gallery
  53. Visual: Photo Center NW
  54. Performing: Fremont Studios, Seattle
  55. Performing: Rendezvous, Seattle
  56. Multi-discipline: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
  57. Multi-discipline: Tryptos Studio Collective, Seattle
  58. Multi-discipline:Town Hall
  59. Performing: Stone Soup Theater
  60. Theatre: Seattle Public Theater
  61. Multi-discipline: Seattle Center Pavilion
  62. Multi-discipline: The Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane
  63. Performing: Merc Playhouse, Twisp
  64. Multi-discipline: ‘57 Biscayne - Artist Studios
  65. Rainier Arts Center
  66. Performing: Open Flight Studio, Seattle
  67. Multi-discipline: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle
  68. Multi-discipline: Space Finder Seattle
  69. Performing: Gallery 1412
  70. Performing: Chapel Performance Space
  71. Music: Practice Space Seattle
  72. Film/Media: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle
  73. Glass Elevator Arts
  74. Multi-discipline: Artspace
  75. Multi-discipline: Pioneer Square Community Association, Seattle

Advocacy & Legal Assistance

  1. InfoGraphic: Quick Guide to Advocating for the NEA
  2. Literary: PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund
  3. WSBA Moderate Means Program
  4. American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
  5. Artists Rights Society
  6. Washington State Bar Association
  7. Dispute Resolution Center, Seattle
  8. Performing: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
  9. Literary: National Writers Union
  10. Washington Lawyers for the Arts
  11. The ALLIANCE for Media Arts and Culture
  12. Washington Small Business Development Center
  13. Performing: Dramatists Guild of America
  14. Literary: American Society of Journalists and Authors
  15. Alliance of People with disAbilities
  16. Northwest Access Fund
  17. Performing: Jazz Foundation of America
  18. Film/Media: Independent Filmmaker Project
  19. Northwest Immigration Rights Project
  20. Multi-discipline: SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) Arts
  21. Visual: Graphic Artists Guild
  22. National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
  23. Legal Voice
  24. Washington Mediation Association
  25. Literary: The Associated Writers and Writing Programs
  26. Creative Commons
  27. Benjamin Kerr, Attorney at Law
  28. Tenants Union
  29. Visual: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
  30. Folk/Traditional: ONABEN
  31. Folk/Traditional: American Indian Artists, Inc
  32. Access Washington
  33. Nonprofit Assistance Center
  34. Wayfind
  35. US Patent and Trademark Office
  36. Art Law Journal by Artrepreneur
  37. Literary: Authors Guild
  38. Performing: Recording Academy

Art Archiving, Documentation & Handling

  1. Article: Archives for Visual Artists: Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Listing: Statewide Archives for Washington State Visual Artists
  3. Listing: National Archives for Washington State Visual Artists
  4. Estate Planning for Visual Artists: A Workbook for Attorneys & Executors
  5. Checklist: 2017 Artist Trust Estate Planning For Artists
  6. PACCIN: Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network
  7. Film/Media: Breakout Productions, Yakima
  8. Visual: Adam Weintraub, Seattle
  9. Visual: Lumina Studios, Seattle
  10. KP Studios Art Documentation
  11. Museum Resource
  12. Artech Fine Art Services
  13. Craters & Freighters, Seattle
  14. Visual: Denny Park Fine Arts, Seattle
  15. The Evergreen State College, Olympia
  16. R & R Custom ColorLab, Inc, Spokane
  17. Visual: Michelle Bates
  18. GYST-Ink
  19. Visual: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
  20. Visual: Artist Eye Portfolio Studio, Seattle
  21. Joan Mitchell Foundation
  22. McQuesten Framing & Fine Art Services, Seattle

Continuing Education

  1. Multi-disciplinary: Foundry10
  2. Visual: Seattle Print Arts
  3. Performing: Theatre Communications Group
  4. Visual: Art&Education
  5. Multi-discipline: Cornish College of the Arts
  6. United Way of King County
  7. Visual: Museo Art Academy and Gallery
  8. Washington State University, Tri-Cities
  9. Film/Media: Seattle Film Institute
  10. Lower Columbia College
  11. University of Washington Bothell, Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS)
  12. University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education
  13. Visual: Studio Steel LLC.
  14. Visual: Pratt Fine Arts Center
  15. Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
  16. Business of Crafts
  17. Perfoming: Central Washington Dance Academy, Ellensburg
  18. Literary: Field’s End: A Writers’ Community
  19. Performing: Karin Stevens Dance
  20. Goddard College
  21. Visual: Pottery Northwest
  22. Performing: Dance Art Group, Seattle
  23. Visual: Kirkland Arts Center
  24. Visual: Sarah Dillon Studio, Seattle
  25. Performing: Mystik Dream Dance Company, Spokane
  26. Literary: Poets & Writers Inc.
  27. Multi-discipline: School of Visual Concepts, Seattle
  28. Visual: Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood
  29. Literary: Gay City x Smudgy Notebook
  30. Literary: Poynter
  31. Literary: The Associated Writers and Writing Programs
  32. Visual: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
  33. American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  34. Surface Design Association
  35. Folk/Traditional: American Indian Artists, Inc
  36. Visual: Seattle Metals Guild
  37. The Center for Fine Art Photography
  38. Design: Danaca Design
  39. Visual: Sev Shoon Arts Center
  40. American Composers Forum
  41. Performing: Freehold Theatre, Seattle
  42. Visual: Glass Art Society
  43. Multi-discipline: Seattle Art Museum
  44. Creative Capital
  45. Multi-discipline: National Arts and Disability Center
  46. Multi-discipline: Woman Made Gallery
  47. Visual: Photo Center NW
  48. Multi-discipline: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle
  49. Film/Media: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle
  50. Community for Accredited Schools Online

Emergency Preparedness & Assistance

  1. Article: Safety Concerns for Studio Artists
  2. Article: Safekeeping of Business & Artistic Records
  3. Article: Studio Earthquake Preparedness
  4. Google Doc: Harm Reduction for DIY Venues
  5. CERF: The Artist Safety Net
  6. The Haven Foundation
  7. Media: Rhythm & Blues Foundation Financial Assistance
  8. Media: Pioneers Assistance Fund (PAF)
  9. Literary: PEN Writers’ Emergency Fund
  10. Media: Motion Picture and Television Fund
  11. Literary: Hero Initiative Grants
  12. Literary: Carnegie Fund for Authors
  13. Literary: Book Industry Charitable Foundation Financial Assistance Program
  14. Artists’ Charitable Fund
  15. Performing: Actors Fund of America Emergency Assistance
  16. Multi-discipline: National Endowment for the Arts
  17. Museum Resource
  18. City of Seattle Emergency Management
  19. Santa Fe Art Institute
  20. Federal Emergency Management Agency
  21. Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources
  22. Small Business Administration
  23. Performing: Society of Singers
  24. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  25. Visual: Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
  26. Performing: Dramatists Guild of America
  27. Performing: Screen Actors Guild Emergency Assistance
  28. Literary: Authors League Fund
  29. National Safety Council
  30. Literary: American Society of Journalists and Authors
  31. Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
  32. Performing: Jazz Foundation of America
  33. Literary: PEN American Center
  34. Multi-discipline: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  35. Performing: Sweet Relief
  36. Performing: Musicians Foundation, Inc
  37. Multi-discipline: The Creative Resistance Fund
  38. Visual: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
  39. Access Washington
  40. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
  41. Joan Mitchell Foundation
  42. United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
  43. Dove House Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
  44. Washington Women in Need
  45. Crisis Clinic
  46. Actors’ Fund of America
  47. Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
  48. Performing: Recording Academy
  49. Essential Guide To Flood Planning & Preparation

Employment

  1. Multi-discipline: Teaching Artist Pay Rate Calculator
  2. Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA)
  3. Performing: PerformersCallboard
  4. Performing: Theatre Communications Group
  5. Visual: Art&Education
  6. The Ultimate Guide to Completing a Job Application Form
  7. Literary: National Writers Union
  8. Performing: MoneyGeek / Careers in Music
  9. Media Bistro
  10. Literary: Northwest Independent Editors Guild
  11. Filter
  12. Idealist.org
  13. Film/Media: EntertainmentCareers.net
  14. The ALLIANCE for Media Arts and Culture
  15. Chronicle of Higher Education
  16. Washington State Careers
  17. Backstage Jobs
  18. Aviso
  19. Multi-discipline: City of Olympia Arts Commission
  20. ArtDeadline.com
  21. Work Source
  22. Literary: Who Pays Writers

Finances & Accounting

  1. New Business Tax Workshops + Guides: Department of Revenue Washington State
  2. List of CPAs for Tax Preparation + Planning
  3. Business Impact Northwest
  4. Washington Small Business Development Center
  5. United Way of King County
  6. Small Business Administration
  7. Ventures
  8. Visual: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
  9. Folk/Traditional: ONABEN
  10. Folk/Traditional: American Indian Artists, Inc
  11. Access Washington
  12. Nonprofit Assistance Center
  13. A & E Tax Service
  14. Creative Capital
  15. Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC
  16. Howard Choder
  17. Artist Pension Trust

Fiscal Sponsorship

  1. Allied Arts Foundation
  2. Film/Media: Women Make Movies
  3. Film/Media: Northwest Film Center
  4. Shunpike
  5. African Voices
  6. Film/Media: Independent Filmmaker Project
  7. Multi-discipline: Fractured Atlas
  8. Nonprofit Assistance Center
  9. Fiscal Sponsor Directory
  10. Film/Media: Filmmakers Collaborative
  11. Seattle Parks Foundation
  12. Foundation for Independent Artists
  13. CounterPulse
  14. Center for Independent Documentary

Funding

  1. Article: Tips and Tools - How to Call Institutional Funders (like Artist Trust)
  2. Glossary: Grant Terminology by Spokane Arts
  3. Allied Arts Foundation
  4. Multi-discipline: Teaching Artist Pay Rate Calculator
  5. The Haven Foundation
  6. Media: Rhythm & Blues Foundation Financial Assistance
  7. Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA)
  8. Multi-discipline: National Endowment for the Arts
  9. Performing: Theatre Communications Group
  10. Potlatch Fund
  11. WomenArts
  12. Art in General
  13. Cultural Facilities Fund, Seattle
  14. Folk/Traditional: First Peoples Fund
  15. Puffin Foundation
  16. Film/Media: International Documentary Association
  17. Film/Media: Northwest Film Center
  18. Multi-discipline: Hatchfund
  19. Multi-discipline: Centrum
  20. Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
  21. Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
  22. Multi-discipline: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  23. Literary: Poets & Writers Inc.
  24. Performing: The MAP Fund
  25. National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
  26. Visual: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
  27. Visual: The Betty Bowen Award
  28. Performing: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
  29. Film/Media: Women in Film Seattle
  30. Film/Media: Independent Television Service
  31. Ventures
  32. GrantSpace
  33. Foundation Center
  34. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  35. City of Redmond Arts Program
  36. Seattle Area Filmmakers
  37. Folk/Traditional: American Indian Artists, Inc
  38. Visual: Seattle Metals Guild
  39. Film/Media: Filmmakers Collaborative

Housing

  1. Handbook: Mortgage Qualification Strategies For Artists and Independent Workers
  2. Town Hall Video: Affordable Housing and Work Spaces for Artists
  3. List: Live/Work Art Spaces and Property Managers in Seattle
  4. Listings Project - Real Estate
  5. Seattle Housing Authority
  6. InterIM Community Development Association
  7. Delridge Neighborhood Development Association
  8. City of Seattle Office of Housing
  9. Central Area Development Association
  10. Tenants Union of Washington State
  11. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  12. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  13. Capitol Hill Housing
  14. Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
  15. Seattle.gov Renter Info
  16. Old Rainier Brewery
  17. Seattle/Chinatown/International District Preservation & Development Authority

Health Services & Info

  1. Central Purpose Therapy, PLLC - Therapy for Artists
  2. Insurance For Artists
  3. Washington Healthcare and Navigators Finder
  4. University of Washington School of Dentistry Student Clinics
  5. Lifelong AIDS Alliance
  6. EHealthinsurance.com
  7. Indian Health Services
  8. Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers
  9. Smash Seattle
  10. American Association of Retired Persons
  11. Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington
  12. Community Health Plan of Washington
  13. DentalPlans.com
  14. Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors
  15. MusicPro Insurance Agency
  16. Regence BlueShield
  17. Group Health Cooperative
  18. Dental Health Services
  19. Neighborcare Health Centers
  20. Lifewise Health Plan of Washington
  21. Social Security Administration
  22. Country Doctor Community Clinic
  23. Costco Health Insurance
  24. Gay City Health Insurance
  25. Dove House Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
  26. Washington Women in Need
  27. Crisis Clinic
  28. Actors’ Fund of America
  29. Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
  30. Performing: Recording Academy
  31. Washington State Health Care Authority
  32. Seattle Indian Health Board

Legacy & Estate Planning

  1. Webinar: A Look at Artists’ Legacy & Estate Planning
  2. Podcast: What Happens When An Author Dies: Estate Planning With Kathryn Goldman
  3. Workbook: Estate Planning
  4. CERF: The Artist Safety Net
  5. Media: Motion Picture and Television Fund
  6. POBA: Creative Legacies, Creative Futures
  7. Washington Lawyers for the Arts
  8. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
  9. Senior Artists Initiative
  10. The Art Legacy
  11. Joan Mitchell Foundation

Promotion & Marketing

  1. Video: Marketing for Artists 101
  2. Podcast: Artistic Budgeting
  3. Artists U: Making Your Life as an Artist + Other Tools
  4. Free toolkit: Design Your Personal Brand in 3 Steps Artists & Creatives
  5. Resource Library: National Arts Marketing Project
  6. Media: First Nations Films
  7. Working Artists Org
  8. The Space
  9. Visual: Art Show
  10. Visual: World Wide Arts Resources - Absolute Art
  11. Visual: Preview
  12. Literary: The Seattle Review of Books
  13. GYST-Ink
  14. Sasquatch Books
  15. Mercer Island Arts Council
  16. City of Redmond Arts Program
  17. American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  18. National Arts Marketing Project
  19. Seattle Area Filmmakers
  20. Surface Design Association
  21. Washington Blues Society
  22. Folk/Traditional: American Indian Artists, Inc
  23. Corvidae Press
  24. Visual: Seattle Metals Guild
  25. The Center for Fine Art Photography
  26. LUX Media/501
  27. Works Consulting
  28. Seattle Art Dealers Association
  29. 33 Image Design
  30. AdvisArts Consulting
  31. CODAworx
  32. Victory Music
  33. Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council
  34. Visual: Artist Eye Portfolio Studio, Seattle
  35. American Composers Forum
  36. Visual: Glass Art Society
  37. How to Get Radio Play on KEXP
  38. Multi-discipline: INSCAPE
  39. Multi-discipline: National Arts and Disability Center

Other Professional Resources

  1. Toolkit: Guide to Workshops
  2. Toolkit: Curating and Planning Events
  3. Artists Thrive Rubric
  4. West Seattle Tool Library
  5. Visual: Ethical Metalsmiths
  6. Visual: Evergreen Association of Fine Arts (EAFA)
  7. Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials / Online Art Instruction Library
  8. Art Access
  9. National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA)

Property, Liability & Special Event Insurance

  1. ACT Insurance
  2. NW Insurance Council
  3. Sprague Israel Giles Inc.
  4. RLI Insurance Company
  5. Arts & Entertainment Insurance
  6. Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington
  7. MusicPro Insurance Agency
  8. CSI Special Event Insurance

Racial Equity

  1. Re-Tool: Racial Equity in the Panel Process
  2. PDF: Race to Lead - Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
  3. Bibliography: Leadership Tomorrow - Diversity and Human Relations
  4. Toolkit: Analyzing Departments on their Racial Equity
  5. List: Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture
  6. PDF: Equity vs. Equality - Understanding the Differences
  7. A Guide to Bullying: What You Can Do
  8. PDF: Making Waves - A Guide to Cultural Strategy
  9. Glossary: Racial Equity Tools
  10. What To Do Instead of Calling the Police: A Guide, A Syllabus, A Conversation, A Process
  11. Speak Up! Handbook: Responding to Everyday Bigotry
  12. Article: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
  13. Article: White Terrorism Is as Old as America
  14. PDF List: Fostering an Inclusive Community
  15. Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement
  16. BFAMFAPhD
  17. United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
  18. Equal Justice Initiative

Residencies

  1. Multi-discipline: North Cascades Institute
  2. Multi-discipline: Centrum
  3. Literary: Hedgebrook
  4. TransArtists
  5. Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, NC
  6. Sculpture Space
  7. Elsewhere Studios Residency, CO
  8. Sustainable Arts Society, GA
  9. Artist Residency Program at the Sou’wester Lodge
  10. Centrum Artist Residency Program, Port Townsend
  11. The Arctic Circle
  12. Kala Art Institute, CA
  13. Anderson Center, MN
  14. I-Park Foundation, CT
  15. McColl Center for Art + Innovation, NC
  16. The MacDowell Colony, NH
  17. Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Residency Program
  18. Djerassi Resident Artists Program, CA
  19. 18th Street Arts Center, CA
  20. Art Farm Artist Residency Program, NE
  21. Weir Farm Art Center Residency, CT
  22. The Bogliasco Foundation Residency, Italy
  23. The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency, NY
  24. Emmanuel College Artist Residency, MA
  25. NARS International Artist Residency Program, NY
  26. Crosshatch Hill House Artist Residency Program, MI
  27. National Park Arts Foundation Artist in Residence Programs