Online Resources

Advocacy Organizations

Americans for the Arts

Arlington Citizens for the Arts

Art Network

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)

National Association of Independent Artists

National Endowment for the Arts Partners

Western States Art Federation (WESTAF)

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Artist Service Organizations

The Actor's Center

American Society of Picture Professionals

American Society of Media Photographers

Alexandria Arts Forum

American Symphony Orchestra League
917 17th St. NW #800
Washington, DC 20006

Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Ave. NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Arlington Music Scene
An on-line non profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and participation in the vibrant music scene in and around Arlington, VA. It provides a forum for artists, fans, residents and business owners to interact and pool resources, to support and enhance the regional music scene by sponsoring events, promotions and other activities.

Chorus America

Metro DC's arts & entertainment website helps you "Get The Arts", with performance schedules, events and ticket info from 250+ arts presenters.

Dance USA
1156 15th St. NW #820
Washington, DC 20005

Folklore Society of Greater Washington
11131 Little Brook Lane
Fairfax, VA 22030

National Dance Association

National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC. 20506

National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC. 20506

Opera America
1156 15th St. NW #810
Washington, DC 20005

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
1120 Connecticut Ave. NW #260
Washington, DC 20036

The Writers' Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD. 20815

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Business Issues

Arts Business Institute (ABI):
A non-profit educational organization established by the Rosen Group, ABI provides educational resources to the arts community in the United States and Canada through annual retreats and business skills workshops held in conjunction with local arts organizations.

Business Basics Online

National Association for the Self-Employed

The Artists Foundation’s Business Resources for Artists
The Artists Foundation offers free information and resources on its website, including tips on grantwriting, resume writing, developing press kits and more.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Small Business Administration: Small Business Training Network

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Crafts Resources

"Crafting as a Business" by Wendy Rosen

Crafts Report

Crafts Business Magazine

National Craft Association Small Business Center

Portland Saturday Market

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Professional Guidelines

Sunshine Artists

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Emergency Assistance

Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation

Aid to Artisans

Artists' Fellowship

Artists Now Exhibiting Work(ANEW)
ANEW is a membership organization that was primarily chartered to make it possible for artists to work freely without being restricted by the lack of funds or supplies.

Change, Inc. Box 54, Tapiva, FL 33924 Phone: 212-473-3742 Fax: 212-995-8022. Change, Inc. provides emergency grants up to $1,000 for artists in all disciplines needing help with rent, medical expenses, utility bills, fire damage, etc.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Pollock-Krasner Foundation provides support to artists working on paper, painters and sculptors. Grants are for one year and range from $1,000 to $30,000.

Visual Aids
Visual AIDS provides direct services to artists living with HIV/AIDS. The Visual AIDS Artist Material Grants are awarded to Visual AIDS active members, who are low income artists in need of financial assistance in obtaining materials for their artwork.

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Financial Resources

The Entrepreneur's Help Page
This site is designed to help young or inexperienced business people with good ideas and the desire to start their own business. This web site distributes basic information on legal, financial, and management issues that commonly affect people who are just starting up their businesses.

The Motley Fool
Motley Fool online forum is designed to help participants obtain financial information and discuss ways to make investment and personal financial decisions.

National Financial Planning Support Center; Financial Planning Association (FPA)
Created in the wake of the 9/11 tragedies, The Support Center programs exist for businesses and non-profits. You can find financial planning literature, ask a certified financial planner (CFP) questions, or find a certified financial planner. Through qualified partnerships with other organizations, the Support Center can provide individuals with pro bono financial planning assistance.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)

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Arlington Community Foundation

Bader Fund: Fellowship grants for visual artists

Community Development Financial Institution Coalition
Community development financial institutions (CDFI) offer flexible and affordable credit to small businesses as well as business training and advice. This site offers a directory of CDFI's nationwide.

Creative Capital Foundation
A national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing adventurous and imaginative work in the performing and visual arts, film/video, innovative literature and emerging fields. They are committed to working in long-term partnerships, advisory services and professional development assistance.

Meyer Foundation

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

National Council of Nonprofit Associations

National Endowment for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts

Opportunity Finance Network
A national membership organization of community development financial institutions (CDFIs). This site includes a listing of member CDFI's and their contact information.

The Foundation Center

Virginia Commission for the Arts

Wallace Foundation

Washington Forrest Foundation
(A member of The Washington AIDS Partnership;
2300 Ninth St S, Arlington,VA 22204

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Insurance / Retirement Resources

Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center

Artist Pension Trust

College Art Association Group Insurance Plan

Insurance Information Institute

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Jobs in Arlington County Government
Arlington County Human Resources Department

Short Term/Temporary Jobs with Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division
Facility monitors, technical assistance for summer concerts.
Email Us

HumanitiesDC Job Bank

Southeastern Theatre Conference

ArtSearch: National Employment Bulletin for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts
NYFA Current, a weekly online arts publication providing job information and opportunities for artists.

Art Job Online
A service of WESTAF, this is a regularly updated database of national job listings in all disciplines in the nonprofit sector. It is available by paid subscription.

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Legal Resources

Nolo Self-Help Law Center – Small Businesses
Nolo publishes books, software and forms, and offers a website to help people handle their own everyday legal matters.

Porterfield's Fine Art Licensing Articles
Articles on licensing art by Lance J. Klass, President of Porterfield's Fine Art Licensing.
Avoiding Art Licensing Mistakes How to License Your Art.
Key Words in Art Licensing Contracts.

Pro Bono Legal Services; American Bar Association
The Center for Pro Bono is part of the American Bar Association. This site helps you find pro bono legal services in your area.

The Artist's Rights Society The Artists Rights Society is a copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States. Included at their web site is information on copyright basics for artists.

The Copyright Society of the United States of America.
This site includes copyright basics for artists from Friends of Active Copyright Education, an educational initiative of the Copyright Society of the USA.

The Copyright Website

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

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Local Arts Agencies & Contacts

A list of local arts councils and contact information.

A list of Washington-area government officials and contact information.

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Artists Talk on Art

The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Organizational & Professional Development

County-supported artists and arts organizations can receive assistance from the Cultural Affairs Division's professional staff in areas such as general management, board development, marketing, audience development and fundraising. Call 703-228-1850 or email:

National Endowment for the Arts

National Arts Marketing Project

University of Massachusetts Arts Extension Service
Arts Management Online

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Arlington County Volunteer Office

Volunteer Today

Points of Light Foundation

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Additional Resources

Allsworth Press Business Books for Artists
Allworth Press provides practical information books for the creative community.

Artists' Assets; Artist Trust
The annually updated "Artists' Assets" is a collection of information about hundreds of organizations, agencies, groups and guilds that provide vital resources for artists.

The Artist Help Network
The network assists artists seeking information, resources, guidance, and advice on a range of career-related topics.

Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)
AEO is a national network of organizations that support the development of strong and effective U.S. microenterprise programs to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing, and expanding businesses. Search their directory for the microenterprise program nearest you.

Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI)
CCI helps self-employed artists, small arts businesses and the nonprofit arts sector start, manage and grow their own businesses.

Creative Capital's Artist Toolbox
Creative Capital's Artist Toolbox is an annotated collection of career-resource sites.

Directory of U.S. Microenterprise Programs; The Aspen Institute
The Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination's (FIELD) mission is to identify, develop and disseminate best practices, and to broadly educate policymakers, funders and others about microenterprises as an anti-poverty intervention. Use FIELD's directory of microenterprise programs to find local assistance for small business development.

Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)
FCIC provides the answers to questions about the federal government and everyday consumer issues.

Find Art Information Bank
An artists locator and resource service; exhibition and competition information, employment and volunteer information; links to allied nonprofit arts organizations.

Global Art Information for Visual Artists
By subscription. Offers international art competitions, internships, funders, residencies, commissions, jobs.

NYFA Business Resources; New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
On their website NYFA includes a variety of articles and interviews pertaining to the business of art. Also at NYFA's site is NYFA Source, a comprehensive online database of resources for artists to facilitate their work.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated toproviding entrepreneurs withfree, confidential face-to-face and email business counseling.Retired executives usually provide business counseling. The relevance of the counseling varies with the experience of the counselor.

Working Today
Working Today is a nonprofit organization that represents the needs and concerns of America's independent workforce through advocacy, information and service.

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