#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