With Christmas nearly upon us, I can procrastinate on my gift-buying a bit longer by writing this post on gift ideas for artists. And I mean the kind of gifts that can really keep on giving — gifts that can help them be successful as artist-entrepreneurs. In no particular order, I suggest you consider:
1. A Fractured Atlas membership. From health insurance discounts to fiscal sponsorship for fundraising, Fractured Atlas delivers real value to thousands of independent artists. The artist you love will appreciate this gift. $95 for a 1-year membership.
2. GYST 3.0. Get Your Sh*t Together. A software package designed by artists, for artists, to help them get organized and stay organized. Using the special holiday code CPNINDHS 1110 when ordering, the regular $129 price is discounted to $99. There’s no technological silver bullet to being a successful artist, but having your sh*t together certainly helps.
3. For visual artists, a membership with ArtDeadline.com can open up a world of opportunities for promoting, exhibiting, and selling work. Just $34 for 1 year with all the bells and whistles, or $54 for 2 years.
4. For musicians, The Indie Bible lists prospects for reviews, radio stations, labels and distributors, and websites where fans can purchase music directly.
5. For crafters, you should consider a membership in The Creative Empire, a $25/month community of artisan business owners exchanging advice, tools, etc.
6. If there’s a dark streak in your gift-giving, how about the playfully designed yet information-filled Studio Protector: the Artist’s Guide to Emergencies, with proceeds supporting the Craft Emergency Relief Fund’s programming for artists experiencing a time of crisis.
7. Shoeboxed.com, a receipt management service much appreciated by anyone self-employed and struggling to track business expenses, has plans starting at $9.95/month.
8. Some affordable book possibilities include I’d Rather Be in the Studio (a solid manual on marketing and PR for artists), The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, and a brand new title (released yesterday!), The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing.
9. Membership in the National Association of Independent Artists could be useful for any artist who exhibits in art shows or might want to explore that possibility. $65 membership.
Here’s to helping artists have a prosperous new year.