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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. 2017 Artist Survey
  2. 2016 Artist Survey

Artist Trust Webinars

  1. Webinar: 2019 Arts Innovator Award
  2. Webinar: 2018 James W. Ray Awards
  3. Webinar: 2018 LaSalle Storyteller Award
  4. Webinar: 2018 GAP Award
  5. Webinar: 2018 Fellowship Award
  6. Webinar: 2018 Arts Innovator Award
  7. Webinar: A Look at Artists’ Legacy & Estate Planning
  8. Webinar: Fellowship 2017
  9. Webinar: 2016 Arts Innovator Award
  10. Webinar: 2016 Artists Up Grant LAB
  11. Webinar: 2016 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction
  12. Webinar: 2016 James W Ray
  13. Webinar: GAP 2016

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. The Stranger
  16. Tinkertopia, LLC
  17. Fremont Arts Council
  18. Multi-discipline: City of Olympia Arts Commission
  19. Frye Art Museum
  20. Visual: Women Painters of Washington
  21. Multi-discipline: SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) Arts
  22. Performing: Musicians without Borders
  23. Performing: Pacific NW Chapter of The Grammys
  24. Literary: Erika Dreifus’s Practicing Writer
  25. Literary: The Associated Writers and Writing Programs
  26. Film/Media: Women Make Movies
  27. Film/Media: Women in Film Seattle
  28. Film/Media: Independent Television Service
  29. Theatre: ACT - A Contemporary Theatre
  30. Songwriters Guild of America
  31. Visual: Gallery 110
  32. Visual: Seattle Metals Guild
  33. Photography: Wall Space Gallery
  34. Design: Danaca Design
  35. Visual: Sev Shoon Arts Center
  36. Visual: Art/Not Terminal Gallery
  37. Performing: Freehold Theatre, Seattle
  38. Performing: Seattle Theatre Group (STG)
  39. Folk/Traditional: Northwest Folklife
  40. Perfoming: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle
  41. Music: Seattle Symphony
  42. Multi-discipline: Seattle Art Museum
  43. Visual: PUNCH Gallery
  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. Washington State Arts Commission
  35. Wayfind
  36. US Patent and Trademark Office
  37. Art Law Journal by Artrepreneur
  38. Springboard for the Arts
  39. Literary: Authors Guild
  40. 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
  51. 150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

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. Alliance of Artists Communities Emergency Funds for Individual Artists
  15. Artists’ Charitable Fund
  16. Performing: Actors Fund of America Emergency Assistance
  17. Multi-discipline: National Endowment for the Arts
  18. Museum Resource
  19. City of Seattle Emergency Management
  20. Santa Fe Art Institute
  21. Federal Emergency Management Agency
  22. Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources
  23. Small Business Administration
  24. Performing: Society of Singers
  25. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  26. Visual: Artists’ Fellowship, Inc.
  27. Performing: Dramatists Guild of America
  28. Performing: Screen Actors Guild Emergency Assistance
  29. Literary: Authors League Fund
  30. National Safety Council
  31. Literary: American Society of Journalists and Authors
  32. Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
  33. Performing: Jazz Foundation of America
  34. Literary: PEN American Center
  35. Multi-discipline: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  36. Performing: Sweet Relief
  37. Performing: Musicians Foundation, Inc
  38. Multi-discipline: The Creative Resistance Fund
  39. Visual: American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
  40. Access Washington
  41. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works
  42. Joan Mitchell Foundation
  43. United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
  44. Springboard for the Arts
  45. Dove House Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
  46. Washington Women in Need
  47. Crisis Clinic
  48. Actors’ Fund of America
  49. Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
  50. Performing: Recording Academy
  51. 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 Stranger
  15. The ALLIANCE for Media Arts and Culture
  16. Chronicle of Higher Education
  17. Washington State Careers
  18. Backstage Jobs
  19. Alliance of Artist Communities
  20. Aviso
  21. Multi-discipline: City of Olympia Arts Commission
  22. ArtDeadline.com
  23. Work Source
  24. Literary: Who Pays Writers
  25. Springboard for the Arts

Finances & Accounting

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

Fiscal Sponsorship

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

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. Kickstarter
  9. Multi-discipline: National Endowment for the Arts
  10. Performing: Theatre Communications Group
  11. Potlatch Fund
  12. IndieGoGo
  13. WomenArts
  14. Art in General
  15. Cultural Facilities Fund, Seattle
  16. Folk/Traditional: First Peoples Fund
  17. Puffin Foundation
  18. Film/Media: International Documentary Association
  19. Film/Media: Northwest Film Center
  20. Multi-discipline: Hatchfund
  21. Multi-discipline: Centrum
  22. Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
  23. Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc.
  24. Multi-discipline: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  25. Literary: Poets & Writers Inc.
  26. Performing: The MAP Fund
  27. National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
  28. Visual: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
  29. Visual: The Betty Bowen Award
  30. Performing: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
  31. Film/Media: Women in Film Seattle
  32. Film/Media: Independent Television Service
  33. Ventures
  34. GrantSpace
  35. Foundation Center
  36. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  37. City of Redmond Arts Program
  38. Seattle Area Filmmakers
  39. Folk/Traditional: American Indian Artists, Inc
  40. Visual: Seattle Metals Guild
  41. Film/Media: Filmmakers Collaborative
  42. Washington State Arts Commission

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. Insurance For Artists
  2. Washington Healthcare and Navigators Finder
  3. University of Washington School of Dentistry Student Clinics
  4. Lifelong AIDS Alliance
  5. EHealthinsurance.com
  6. Indian Health Services
  7. Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers
  8. Smash Seattle
  9. American Association of Retired Persons
  10. Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Washington
  11. Community Health Plan of Washington
  12. DentalPlans.com
  13. Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors
  14. MusicPro Insurance Agency
  15. Regence BlueShield
  16. Group Health Cooperative
  17. Dental Health Services
  18. Neighborcare Health Centers
  19. Lifewise Health Plan of Washington
  20. Social Security Administration
  21. Country Doctor Community Clinic
  22. Costco Health Insurance
  23. Gay City Health Insurance
  24. Dove House Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
  25. Washington Women in Need
  26. Crisis Clinic
  27. Actors’ Fund of America
  28. Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
  29. Performing: Recording Academy
  30. Washington State Health Care Authority
  31. 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. Art Guide Northwest
  31. AdvisArts Consulting
  32. CODAworx
  33. Victory Music
  34. Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council
  35. Visual: Artist Eye Portfolio Studio, Seattle
  36. American Composers Forum
  37. Visual: Glass Art Society
  38. Washington State Arts Commission
  39. How to Get Radio Play on KEXP
  40. Multi-discipline: INSCAPE
  41. 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: Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race
  14. Article: White Terrorism Is as Old as America
  15. PDF List: Fostering an Inclusive Community
  16. Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement
  17. BFAMFAPhD
  18. United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
  19. 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