A compendium of online information resources that address many of the challenges facing artist-entrepreneurs and artist-led nonprofit arts organizations.
Art Biz Blog
A great resource on business strategies for visual artists.
Growing online marketplace for handcrafted goods.
The earliest major fan-funding site focused on independent musicians/bands, with artists selected through a review process.
Aims to help your organization address its daily marketing needs and longer-term marketing issues.
Crafting an MBA
Terrific blog on “business thinking for designers and makers.”
Cargo’s main goal has been to create accessible tools and a networked context to enhance the exposure of talented individuals on the Internet. Host a certain amount of data for free. Create from a personal website (templated based) to host your work.
Leading online marketplace for handcrafted goods.
Expertise – Small Business Resources
A guide for many of today’s challenges for small businesses, online and off.
Festival Network Online
Directory of music festivals, craft shows, art festivals and fairs in the U.S. and Canada.
Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Its programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it.
This website to give you basic information to help you deal with your freelance taxes and freelance finances.
IndieGoGo offers anyone with an idea – creative, cause-related, or entrepreneurial – the tools to effectively build a campaign and raise money. Started in 2008 with a focus on film, but now serves any artists/creatives/entrepreneurs, and doesn’t have an all-or-nothing policy.
Internal Revenue and Self Employed
Link to the IRS’s site for self-employed individuals, which offers free forms, help and guidance.
This website gives practical career guidance for aspiring makeup artists looking to work in film, theatre, and beauty, steps on how to get licensed, and an up-to-date list of all the makeup and beauty schools in every state.
SCORE is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing free counseling and mentoring to entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. SCORE counselors are executives and business owners who share their expertise on a volunteer basis. Get business advice via email or find a chapter near you.
Self Employment in the Arts
Entrepreneurial and small business articles for small and large projects, creating budgets, tax guidance, and saving money.
A free online magazine that aims to simplify entrepreneurship. Startup Savant features helpful content on a range of small business resources, including regularly published articles and Startup University, a virtual classroom focused on entrepreneurship and business.
United States Artists
United States Artists (USA) is a grant-making, artist-advocacy organization dedicated to supporting America’s finest artists working across diverse disciplines.
Public resource of legal documents and articles.
An up-and-coming online marketplace for fine art.
Artists Under the Dome
This organization is an effort to provide a State level forum for Massachusetts artists of all disciplines, the goals of which are to foster a dialogue across artistic disciplines and to assess and address overlapping concerns and needs of the artist community.
A place to dig into the creative, innovative work of Massachusetts artists.
Center for Women and Enterprise
A non-profit working to help women achieve economic self-sufficiency through business and entrepreneurship. Training and mentoring services in Eastern MA and Rhode Island, in addition to a wide selection of online course offerings.
COOL – Cultural Organization of Lowell
COOL is the 501(3)(c) tax-exempt corporation affiliated with the Office of Cultural Affairs & Special Events for the City of Lowell, MA. Its mission is to help create a high quality cultural environment that offers appealing experiences to the city’s diverse population, stimulate economic development in the City, and encourage people to participate in the culture of the community.
Mass Cash Back
Search for a local agency in Massachusetts that can help with free tax preparation, including simple business returns.
Mass Humanities supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life throughout Massachusetts. Grants support public programming in the humanities in Massachusetts, including film-, lecture-, reading-, and discussion series; exhibits; media pre-production and distribution; and other public activities.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network
The MSBDC Network provides one-to-one free comprehensive and confidential services focusing on business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance, as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis.
Media Education Foundation
MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. MEF welcomes the use of the Frances P. Crowe community meeting room by non-profit organizations engaged in civic, cultural, educational, recreational, and public information meetings.
NEFA New England Foundation for the Arts
NEFA’s mission is to creatively support the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, make vital connections between artists and communities, and build the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region’s creative sector.
New Bedford Economic Development Council
NBEDC works collaboratively with local organizations and dozens of agencies at the city, state and federal levels to promote a business-friendly environment. They actively seeks new business investment by marketing New Bedford worldwide as a top location for business growth and expansion.
Northampton Arts Council
The Northampton Arts Council was founded in 1980 as one of only a few Arts Councils in Massachusetts to make grants available to artists every spring.
SCORE of Northeast Massachusetts
SCORE is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free counseling and mentoring to entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses. SCORE counselors are executives and business owners who share their expertise on a volunteer basis. The Northeast MA chapter provides assistance in twelve locations throughout the northeastern part of the state.
South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation
Based on Taunton, MA, SEED serves entrepreneurs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island with small business loans, free workshops, and a business library.
Startup Savant is a free online magazine with a range of user-friendly resources for entrepreneurs, including this listing of small business resources in MA.
The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides legal services, advice, and education programming to artists and cultural organizations in Massachusetts.
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
The A&BC of Greater Boston establishes a vital connection between Boston’s dynamic business and legal communities and Boston’s lively arts and culture community through two powerful menus of programs – one for businesses, business professionals, and attorneys, and one for artists and arts organizations.
A Boston-based non-profit organization providing a network of strategies and resources to all artists for support and increased exposure.
Boston Redevelopment Authority
In partnership with communities, the BRA plans Boston’s future while respecting its past. BRA is working with other city agencies including the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events and the Department of Neighborhood Development to retain existing spaces for artists and create new ones.
Harvard University Transactional Law Clinics
The Transactional Law Clinics are a clinical program of Harvard Law School, providing low-fee legal advice to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Entertainment Law Clinic works primarily with musicians and performers, while the Business and Non-Profit Clinic serves entrepreneurs more generally.
1Berkshire is the single point of entry for business assistance and economic development support throughout the Berkshires. Our programs are engineered to strategically connect resources throughout the county and the Commonwealth for a perfect storm of success at every turn.
PERC Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation
PERC’s primary purpose is to further the economic development and social welfare of the City of Pittsfield and Berkshire County. Fostering increased employment opportunities and facilitate growth and development of small businesses through different business assistance programs.
New York City
Accion is committed to bringing affordable small business loans to micro-entrepreneurs. Accion East has provided over $132 million in over 20,000 microloans since inception in 1991, helping to grow small businesses and strengthen the communities they serve.
ArtHome provides artists with the tools to create financial stability and, as a result, better conditions for creative work. Events and handbooks on financial literacy and homeownership — plus partnerships with a plethora of NYC agencies working in community development and artist support.
BOC (Business Outreach Center) Network
The BOC Network connects entrepreneurs and small businesses with free technical assistance, financing, and other vital services and resources.
Business Center for New Americans
Check out the BCNA calendar of small business workshops, located throughout the city. The Business Center for New Americans creates a pathway to self-sufficiency for immigrants, refugees, women, and others by providing access to capital, specialized training, technical assistance and personalized coaching.
Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development
DMWBD supplements New York State’s economic leadership with information and resources that increase access to information and opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses throughout the State.
Financial Empowerment Center
Located throughout the five boroughs, the City’s Financial Empowerment Centers offer free one-on-one counseling about tackling debt, improving credit, saving and financial planning, creating a budget, and more.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
The LMCC hosts two major professional development programs for artists (Artist Summer Institute & Basic Finance for Artists), sponsors grants and residencies, and offers countless workshops and lectures covering all areas of creative entrepreneurship.
New York Public Library
NYPL is the home of NYC Small Business Resource Center, offering free citywide training events as well as online resources like market research, counseling services, and business plans.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
NYFA seeks to empower emerging artists and arts organizations through four flagship services: fiscal sponsorship, professional development programs, grants, and the most comprehensive list of information resources for artists in the nation.
NYC Business Solutions
Resources and workshops for NYC-based entrepreneurs. Support services include legal advice, financing assistance, and help with permits & licenses.
The mission of Project Enterprise is to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in New York City. By providing micro-loans, business development services and networking opportunities, Project Enterprise helps entrepreneurs increase their standard of living, create jobs for their communities, and build financial assets.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
A free, one-on-one counseling and educational resource for New York-based startups and small businesses.