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Tax tips for artists

Contributed by tax expert Hannah Cole of Sunlight Tax Tax season is soon upon us yet again. How did you do last year? If you gave yourself anything less than an A+, here are a few things to help you do a better job on your taxes this time around.

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Understanding public art contracts and legal issues

One element that distinguishes the field of public art from other artistic endeavors is the amount and complexity of the agreements involved in a robust public art practice. This webinar uses a hypothetical public art commission to discuss and explore the various legal questions that a public artist might encounter over a career. 

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The Estate Planning Workbook for Visual Artists

Estate planning can be a difficult subject for anyone. No one likes to think about how or when life might end. From the technicalities of financial planning to the emotional issues of choosing beneficiaries and considering end-of-life care, the entire process is a daunting task. However, estate planning is an essential process both for the

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Online music: Where does the money go?

Even as curating data has become more ubiquitous in all industries, the ability for artists to track the impact of their music online remains difficult. The distribution of revenue from streaming services in the music industry remains ambiguous and artists tend to focus their energy on creating, performing, and marketing.

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Americans for the Arts and the Public Art Network

Patricia Walsh from Americans for the Arts and Jim Grace from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston discuss Americans for the Arts and the Public Art network, an organization dedicated to the advancement of public art in America. Featured image: Convergence by Ralph Helmick

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The public art selection process

Christina Lanzl from the Urban Culture Institute and Jim Grace from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston discuss the process by which a public art piece and artist are chosen, including the challenges (and opportunities) such an artist would face.

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Insurance for public artists

Like contracts, insurance issues are a standard element of public art projects. Led by Chris Hawthorne of Cleary Insurance Inc., this webinar focuses on the myriad liability issues that arise and the kinds of coverage available.

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Budgets and cash flow for public art projects

This session covers the creation of public art project budgets for small, mid-sized, and large projects. The speakers cover line items, artist fees, accounting for unexpected expenses, budget management during the project, and other key issues artists need to keep in mind when embarking on a public art project, citing real examples. Artists Douglas Kornfeld

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Public art today with Jack Becker

This webinar provides an overview of public art in the U.S. It shows diverse works of public art in an effort to help broaden the perspectives and definitions of what it can be. It introduces public art as a distinct field of professional activity, reviewing its origins and process elements.

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Arts & numbers: Budgeting for the creative class

This webinar covers strategies for combatting the four major financial challenges artists and creative entrepreneurs face every day: managing the professional treadmill; budgeting; combatting cash shortages; and finding creative fulfillment through professional goals. Presented by Elaine Grogan Luttrull, author of Arts & Numbers: A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Other Members of the

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Got space? Need space? Announcing the launch of SpaceFinderMass.org

The Boston arts community is bustling with new productions, exhibits, and performances every day, and artists are always looking for a place to create and present their work. But if you’re an artist looking for a place to establish yourself, a theatre company in the market for a new home, or a musician hoping to

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Understanding the Public Art RFP and RFQ process

Understand the public art process through the lens of the RFP/RFQ process. Presented by Public Art Consultant Ricardo Barreto, the presentation covers the difference between an RFQ and an RFP, the various types of calls to artists, and what artists need to know about the panel process.

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