3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies For Creatives

3 Takeaways: Financial Strategies for Creatives

1. Take advantage of available assistance, including unemployment benefits, HealthCare.gov special enrollment (which may be less expensive than COBRA), mortgage relief, emergency grants and loans 2. Spend some time analyzing your finances, so you can budget effectively and identify your priorities. Track expenses (using pen and paper, a spreadsheet or an app such as Mint or YNAB). For business expenses,…

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Briefly Stated 5.29.20

Briefly Stated 5.29.20

RAC ARTIST RELIEF FUND Music, theatre, and dance organizations are collaborating on a streamed event that will benefit the Regional Arts Commission’s Artist Relief Fund. Produced by Opera Theatre of St. Louis in partnership with the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Arts United STL will air at 7:00 PM on Sunday, May 31. The goal is to raise $250,000. Details here RAC's Artist…

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Briefly Stated 5.22.20

Briefly Stated 5.22.20

VIRTUAL BENEFIT TO SUPPORT RAC ARTIST RELIEF FUND Music, theatre, and dance organizations are collaborating on a streamed event that will benefit the Regional Arts Commission's Artist Relief Fund. Produced by Opera Theatre of St. Louis in partnership with the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, Arts United STL will air at 7:00 PM on May 31. The goal is to raise…

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Briefly Stated 5.16.20

Briefly Stated 5.16.20

VIRTUAL BENEFIT TO SUPPORT ARTIST RELIEF FUND “Artists in this situation have been like reverse Marines: They were the first ones out of the economy and will be among the last ones in, because everything they do depends on groups of people being together in safety.” — Tom Ridgely, producing artistic director, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Music, theatre and dance organizations…

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Briefly Stated 5.8.20

Briefly Stated 5.8.20

ARTIST RELIEF FUNDS New! ASAP Fund The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts have established A Sustaining Arts Practice Fund (ASAP Fund) to provide relief to practicing artists, architects and designers who are facing financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ASAP Fund will award $2,000 grants to 50 creative workers who live in the…

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Briefly Stated 5.1.20

Briefly Stated 5.1.20

LUMINARY MAKES FIRST ROUND OF $1,000 GRANTS The Luminary, in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, has selected the first 30 recipients of its Futures Fund: Emergency Relief for Artists grants. The following artists received unrestricted grants of $1,000: Matthew Joseph Barbier, Dail Chambers, Stan Chisholm, Ashli England, Jen Everett, Quaron Gooch, Claressa Griffon, Shabez Jamal, Mee…

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Briefly Stated 4.24.20

Briefly Stated 4.24.20

CELEBRATING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH We often say that our dedicated volunteers are our greatest asset. Working case-by-case, we match clients with lawyers and accountants who share our belief that success in the arts should depend on creative energy and talent, not on the ability to afford quality professional services. Our volunteers tell us that they enjoy interacting with members of the…

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Unemployment Assistance During The Pandemic: What Missouri Artists And Creative Workers Need To Know

Unemployment Assistance During the Pandemic: What Missouri Artists and Creative Workers Need to Know

Self-employed artists, freelancers, independent contractors and gig workers whose businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus are applying for — and are now receiving — unemployment benefits. Under the CARES Act, those who qualify may be eligible for weekly benefits ranging from $133 to $320 per week, plus a $600 weekly federal supplement. Attorney Tim Mooney (above) provided a step-by-step…

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Briefly Stated 4.17.20

Briefly Stated 4.17.20

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR ARTISTS & CREATIVE WORKERS Under the CARES Act, nontraditional workers, such as independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers and the self-employed are eligible for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Missouri's Department of Labor just released these guidelines. Please read and follow them carefully. Want to learn more? We're presenting a free webinar on Wednesday, April 22, at…

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3 Takeaways: Anatomy Of A Contract

3 Takeaways: Anatomy of a Contract

1. Putting it in writing will avoid “he said, she said,” clarify the agreement, reinforce the commitments, serve as reliable record of the agreement, and may be required by law (e.g. transferring copyright ownership). 2. Before you start negotiating, know what you want (then don’t be afraid to ask for it), know what the other party might want, and know…

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