There are lots of other websites where you can find helpful information about business aspects of the arts. We have listed a few on this page. If you know of others that we should add to this list, please send us the information so that we can include them.
New York Foundation for the Arts
The New York Foundation for the Arts is one of the largest arts service organizations in the U.S. They offer helpful online articles, workshops, boot camps, and fiscal sponsorships. Be sure to check out these sections –
- The Business of Art – This is a comprehensive archive pertaining to the practical side of artmaking — “the Business of Art” — produced by NYFA staff and arranged by category. Click on any of the links below to access a wide variety of resources, including articles and interviews, helpful links, and NYFA Podcasts, which document their professional-development programming.
- NYFA Source. It is the nation’s largest online arts database, providing over 11,500 resources and opportunities for artists in all disciplines. The database is continuously updated, fully searchable and accompanied by individualized advice and support through the NYFA Source Hotline, firstname.lastname@example.org | (800) 232-2789 (Mon-Fri, 3-5pm EST)
Corporate Entertainment Professionals, UK
This is a British company that provides performers for corporate events. If you are interested in working with a corporation to plan an event to benefit your non-profit arts organization, they have an article that may be helpful – The Ultimate Guide to a Fun & Successful Corporate Charity Event
TechSoup is a non-profit organization that provides computer software and refurbished equipment to non-profit organizations at substantial discounts. Become a TechSoup member and your nonprofit or public library can get access to donations and discounts from more than 60 donor partners, including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec (eligibility requirements apply). They also offer community forums, a blog, and many free learning resources on technology issues.
Idealware is another nonprofit that offers independent, thoroughly-researched technology resources for the social sector. Their publications, assessments, and training provide impartial guidance that gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to decide what’s best for your organization. They do not do consulting or offer any technology products of their own. Their goal is to synthesize vast amounts of original research as a service to non-profit managers.
Fiscal Sponsorship, Insurance, & Other Services
Fractured Atlas offers a broad range of programs and services, collectively reaching over 250,000 artists and organizations. They are best known for their fiscal sponsorship program which serves thousands of artists and arts organizations. They also offer liability insurance, an online program to handle event ticketing and donor relations, a program to find work spaces for artists, arts advocacy, and a variety of other services.
Fiscal Sponsor Directory
This website provides a searchable database of 247 non-profit organizations that provide fiscal sponsorships. The list is a good place to start if you are looking for a fiscal sponsor in your state, but there may be additional sponsors in your area who are not in the directory.
National Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Directory
Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts of the St. Louis bi-state region has compiled a list of approximately 30 Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts organizations across the country.
The organizations provide a broad range of free and low-cost legal services and educational programs addressing the needs of artists, small arts-related businesses, and cultural organizations. Most are nonprofit organizations, while others are housed with arts councils, arts services organizations, bar associations or business for the arts programs. If there is no organization listed for your state, contact your state arts council to see if they can help you.
Two of the largest and most active lawyers for the arts organizations are:
- California Lawyers for the Arts – https://www.calawyersforthearts.org/
- Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New York – https://vlany.org/
The Non-Profit Law Blog
This is a blog written by members of San Francisco’s NEO Law Group (Non-profit & Exempt Organizations Law Group). The blog offers many helpful articles about non-profit legal issues. There are additional helpful articles in the Resources section of the NEO Law Group website.