#FundMyArt – Jamie Benson

“How do you fund your work as an individual artist?” – asked dance blog Stance on Dance.  And Jamie answered.

You might remember Jamie Benson from episode 14 of our podcast (if you haven’t heard it, please do, it’s one of my favourite episodes, all because he’s not afraid to tell it like it is!)

Well, Jamie has made a Funding 101 for dancers/choreographers, although it’s applicable to anyone looking for funding.

Jamie Benson

Jamie Benson

Why trust this guy?  Jamie’s probably one of the given his years of experience in writing grant applications for various organisations – his LinkedIn profile is extensive – so he knows some of the pitfalls and tricks that various individuals and groups face when looking for funding.

And that can be a daunting prospect for a lot of creatives, right?  Even if you’re used to it, it’s time-consuming, doesn’t offer a guaranteed pot of money, and full of hoops to jump through.

He quickly takes you through commissions, how to enhance your website,  fiscal sponsors, what to be wary of in grant applications, persistence in crowd funding…

Jamie Benson on “7 Way$ to Fund Your Art”.

For more on Jamie Benson, here’s his website, and for dancers/choreographers, we recommend you sign up to his marketing newsletter – especially if you live/work around New York City.

Finally, I’ve posted this on our website before, but here’s another snippet of solid funding advice; Jan Williams from the Caravan Gallery (an art gallery on wheels which tours all over the UK), on how to write successful funding applications;

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And, as always,

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

Episode 18 – Never Stop

It might be one of the most “Disney” podcast names we’ve done yet, but “Episode 18 – Never Stop” is now online! And you know what? It might be cheesy, but it’s solid advice.

In Episode 18, you can hear Rute Correia & Stephen Pritchard. Ruth’s journey is so interesting and varied, it could have inspired Ronan Keating’s [un]forgettable classic.

Click here to listen to Rute Correia on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Rute Correia on 99% Perspiration

After leaving her position as Junior Online Content Coordinator at Nintendo of Europe, Rute travelled to England to study an MA in Radio at the University of Sunderland. She now runs her own crafty company called Rute’s Loot, and creates the weekly White Market Podcast, all about creative commons music.

Click here to listen to Stephen Pritchard on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Stephen Pritchard on 99% Perspiration

Stephen Pritchard is researching a PhD in socially engaged and participatory arts; if that’s an area you’re interested in, we thoroughly recommend following him on Twitter. He’s a very active, vocal tweeter, and has a great deal of insight to offer.

Stephen is also the Executive Director of Dot to Dot Active Arts, and writes a blog Colouring in Culture.

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay

99% Extra – Funding Applications

Jan Williams from the Caravan Gallery is no stranger to funding applications. The whole reason she and partner Chris are able to travel the country bringing community-based art to locations across England is because of funding from the Arts Council.

So I wanted to ask Jan more about funding, and what advice she has to pass on, to make that funding application go more smoothly.

Until next time…

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay