Filtering through resources online isn’t easy and can seem like a drain on your time when other issues and tasks are more pressing. Artists, you keep making the art, we’ll help with some of the other stuff that comes with running an art business. Whether you need information about your legal rights as an artist or are just looking for some creative inspiration, we’ve got you covered with this list!
The Abundant Artist
Cory Huff, the man behind The Abundant Artist, is a business coach for artists. The site provides a wide medley of options for artists to receive advice and suggestions on how to better run their art business.
You’ve made the art, now what? Amanda Mollindo’s aftrART explores the marketing, business, and professional practices side of things that come after the art and helps you to connect the two (or three or four).
Artists Rights Society
Artists Rights Society (ARS) is the preeminent copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States. Becoming a member of ARS gives you access to legal support, expertise on licensing, as well as global representation to protect your art.
CARFAC, Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des Artistes Canadiens
CARFAC is a Canadian non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. They believe artists should be paid for their work and share equitably in profits from their work. They provide links to tools for artists, copyright law information, legal clinics, and more.
Buffer is both a social media scheduling app and a fantastic resource on how to use social media to market yourself or your business. It isn’t artist focused, but for those artists that use social media to promote themselves, it provides invaluable information.
For the blog: blog.bufferapp.com/ For the app: buffer.com
Art Frankly is a platform for the arts community to post or find jobs and opportunities; LinkedIn for the art world, if you will.
Mailchimp is a powerhouse in the world of email marketing. They recently changed their model to become a more comprehensive marketing platform so you can manage your client list, email, social media, and more all in one place.
Graphic design made super easy. Canva’s drag-and-drop functionality makes designing invitations, social media posts, flyers, business cards, and more a breeze.
You didn’t think we were going to leave ourselves out, did you? A very common thing we hear from established artists is, “I wish I started documenting my work when I first started creating.” If you haven’t already, start now!
The Painter’s Keys
Started by artist Robert Genn in 1998, these twice-weekly newsletters feature inspiration, musings, and tips. Since Robert’s passing in 2014, the letters have been maintained by his daughter, Sara. Each week now features a new letter and one of Robert’s, republished.
Known as The Creators Network, Ello is a social media platform for creatives. On top of self-promotion and an abundance of inspiration, you’ll find giveaways and artist contest opportunities.
Skillshare’s search box asks, “what do you want to learn today?” From animation to marketing to photography to web development, you can learn something completely new or brush up on skills you already have.
The podcasting industry offers up perspectives on just about any subject you can think of and the art world definitely hasn’t been left out. We rounded up some of what we think are the best art related podcasts out there. You can find that list here.