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Arts Services

Please note that all categories contain services for individual artists.

ARTIST SUPPORT

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION at http://www.actorsequity.org/
Actors Union which also represents stage managers. Provides application guidelines, audition hot lines for selected cities, and links to theater resources.

THE ACTORS' FUND OF AMERICA at http://www.actorsfund.org/
helps entertainment and performing arts professionals in theater, film, music, opera, television and dance through a broad spectrum of social, health, employment, and housing programs that address their essential and critical needs.

ART IN ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM at http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentId=8146&contentType=GSA_OVERVIEW
GSA maintains a large registry of artists interested in being considered for commissions in federal building projects. The website includes information on how to be included in the registry.

ARTIST HELP NETWORK at http://www.artisthelpnetwork.com
A free information service designed to help artists take control of their careers.

ARTIST TRUST at http://www.artisttrust.org/services/AA
Artist Trust offers informational and resource support to individual artists working in all disciplines.

ArtistsRegister.com at http://artistsregister.com/resources.phtml
ArtistsRegister.com showcases visual art by artists who are US residents represented through many disciplines. It also has opportunities, articles of interest, etc.

ARTJOB at http://www.artjob.org
ArtJob is published by the Western States Arts Federation bringing comprehensive, up-to-date national and international job listings.

ARTMONTANA at http://www.artmontana.com
ArtMontana a comprehensive on line directory providing free listing for Montana Artists, Art Centers, Museums, Galleries, Art Resources, and Services.

ART NETWORK at http://www.nafa.com
Art Network offers a variety of artist services including new approaches to marketing.

ArtsOpportunities at http://www.artsopportunities.org/
ArtsOpportunities is a free resource for artists, students and arts administrators seeking to further their careers in the arts. This service is brought to you by the Southern Arts Federation.

ARTS RESOURCE NETWORK at http://www.artsresourcenetwork.net/professional_growth/default.asp
of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle, WA provides information and resources to help artists of all disciplines increase their skills in creating, facilitating and promoting their work.

ArtTable Inc. at http://www.arttable.org
ArtTable, Inc. is a national leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts.

CREATIVE CAPITAL'S PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Developed by artists for artists, Creative Capitalís Professional Development Program (PDP) provides career, community and confidence building tools to help all artists become successful artists. In addition to in-person workshops held through the country, PDP hosts 2-6 webinars each month specifically designed to guide individual artists of all disciplines in growing and sustaining their careers at http://creative-capital.org/pdp/online.

EMILY HALL TREMAINE FOUNDATION
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation supports contemporary visual artists through its Marketplace Empowerment for Artists and Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award programs for curators. http://www.tremainefoundation.org/Content/Art_Programs.asp

LINC at http://www.lincnet.net/
LINC (Leveraging Investments in Creativity) is a ten-year national initiative to improve conditions for artists in all disciplines, so that artists can more readily do their creative work and contribute to community life.

NATIVE AMERICAN FELLOWSHIPS at the Vermont Studio Center at http://www.harpofoundation.org/fellowships/
This Fellowship program was established in 2011 to support the development of artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. Each year, the Foundation awards two residency fellowships to Native American artists at the Vermont Studio Center. http://www.harpofoundation.org/fellowships/

NEFA Native Artist Exchange at http://www.nefa.org/grants_services/national_native_artist_exchange
National Native Artist Exchange supports the exchange of artistic skills and knowledge among Native artists who may apply to teach, learn, and collaborate in traditional and/or contemporary Native art forms through travel from one region to another in North America. Grants are available for specific projects which must be beneficial to both artists.

NYFA INTERACTIVE at http://www.nyfa.org/default.asp
The New York Foundation for the Arts is a state-wide service organization for artists that provides this free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for those who support them in any way.

PEW FELLOWSHIP IN THE ARTS ARTISTS' RESOURCE GUIDE at http://www.artistsresourceguide.org
The guide is divided into topic-specific chapters such as Promotion for Artists and Work Space & Housing. Pew created this with a regional focus but there are still many national resources that would be useful to Montana artists.

WESTERN ALLIANCE OF ARTS ADMINISTRATORS at http://www.westarts.org
WAAA, the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, is an association of touring artists, agents, managers, consultants, and presenters serving the western United States.

WOMEN IN FILM FOUNDATION at www.wif.org/
Women In Film is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women achieve their highest potential within the global entertainment, communications and media industries and to preserving the legacy of women within those industries.

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BUSINESS AND MARKETING

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS at http://www.ascap.com
Events, membership info, links to resources in the music business, and a searchable database of performed music in the ASCAP repertory. Information and a searchable database.

ArtBizCoach.com at http://artbizcoach.com
ArtBizCoach.com is for beginning, emerging and established artists everywhere who would like help promoting themselves and building their businesses.

ARTS MARKETING at www.artsmarketing.org
Arts Marketing.org helps your organization address its daily marketing needs and longer-term marketing issues.

ArtsOpportunities at http://www.artsopportunities.org/
ArtsOpportunities is a free resource for artists, students and arts administrators seeking to further their careers in the arts. This service is brought to you by the Southern Arts Federation.

BUSINESS COMMITTEE FOR THE ARTS, INC. at http://www.americansforthearts.org
BCA,founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller, is a national not-for-profit organization that brings business and the arts together. It provides businesses of all sizes with the services and resources necessary to develop and advance partnerships with the arts that benefit business, the arts and the community.

THE CRAFTS REPORT at http://www.craftsreport.com/
The Crafts Report, established in 1975, is a monthly business magazine for the crafts professional.

CULTURE THRIVE at http://www.culturethrive.org/audience-dev-bibliography
Culture Thrive offers a comprehensive annotated bibliography of audience development literature, research and resources for cultural organizations.

DIA ART FOUNDATION at http://www.diacenter.org/
DIA partners with performing arts presenters across the country to develop and present websites that generate interest in upcoming national tours by outstanding artists. DIA has also created a series of artists' projects for the web by commissioning significant projects from artists who are interested in exploring the aesthetic and conceptual potentials of this medium.

MONTANA-ARTISTS at http://www.montana-artists.com
This web site helps promote Montana artists and their artwork on a global scale.

MONTANA PERFORMING ARTS CONSORTIUM at http://www.mtperformingarts.org
MPAC is a non-profit coalition of Montana and regional performing arts presenting organizations and artists. Its mission is to promote booking of quality artists, increase skills in presenting and touring, and reduce expenses for artists and presenters through block-booking.

NATIONAL ARTS STRATEGIES at http://www.artstrategies.org/index.php
Organizational leadership for arts and culture.

NPI PRODUCTION SERVICES at http://www.npiproductionservices.com
A national company specializing in payroll and consulting services for developing or established, small or large companies in the theatre, television, radio or film industry involving union or non-union talent and/or crew.

PHILADELPHIA BUYERS MARKET OF AMERICAN CRAFT at http://www.buyersmarketofamericancraft.com
This show provides a professional setting for the development of wholesale contacts and to generate new business for both buyers and sellers.

SUNSHINE ARTIST at http://www.sunshineartist.com
is the nation's leading publication for art and craft show exhibitors, promoters and patrons.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION at http://www.sba.gov/services/index.html
SBA offers loans, training programs and services to the small business person.

WESTERN ALLIANCE OF ARTS ADMINISTRATORS at http://www.westarts.org
WAAA, the Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, is an association of touring artists, agents, managers, consultants, and presenters serving the western United States.

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EMERGENCY RESOURCES

ACTORS' FUND OF AMERICA at http://www.actorsfund.org/
The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment by providing a safety net of programs and services for those in need, crisis or transition.

ARTS READY at https://www.artsready.org/
ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability.

CRAFT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND at http://www.craftemergency.org/
CERF accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) at http://www.fema.gov/region-viii-co-mt-nd-sd-ut-wy
FEMA provides information about the Regional FEMA office and the Volunteer Association Liaison (VAL), who can provide guidance and facilitate access to important relief/recovery resources.

MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION at http://www.arts.state.ms.us/resources/EmergencyPreparedness2.php
The Mississippi Arts Commission is willing to offer advice to other arts organizations following a disaster. Their expertise includes post-disaster job programs and creative outreach to artists in rural communities.

NATIONAL VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER at http://www.nvoad.org
National VOAD is a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters. Member organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army share knowledge and resources to help disaster survivors and their communities.

NYFA at http://www.nyfa.org/source/content/content/disasterresources/disasterresources.aspx
The Emergency Resource Source of the New York Foundation for the Arts offers web-based disaster information for artists in all disciplines.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION at http://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-preparedness
SBA offers disaster assistance programs and services to the small business person.

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HEALTH INSURANCE

ARTISTS' HEALTH INSURANCE RESOURCE CENTER at http://actorsfund.org/services-and-programs/ahirc
The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) connects artists, crafts people and entertainment industry workers with health insurance and affordable health care. Their web site at http://www.ahirc.org contains links to national, state and local information and assistance. One-to-one counseling in person, by phone and through e-mail is also offered.

HINT: The Health Insurance Navigation Tool at http://www.futureofmusic.org/issues/campaigns/get-hint
The goal of this project is to provide informed, musician-friendly support and advice to curious musicians who need information about health insurance.

"Montana Artists' Guide: Exploring individual health insurance and health care reform" at http://svcalt.mt.gov/art/soa/pr.asp?ID=1642
An article by James F Brown, National Director of Health Services at The Actors Fund, published in the September/October 2011 issue of State of the Arts.

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INFORMATION AND ADVOCACY

AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL at http://www.craftcouncil.org/
National, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft.

ART OF DATA VISUALIZATION video at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365039781/
From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is present in every aspect of our lives.

ARTSJOURNAL at http://www.artsjournal.com/
ArtsJournal is a weekday digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world.

ASSOCIATION OF PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTERS at http://www.apap365.org/Pages/APAP365.aspx
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), based in Washington, D.C., is the national service and advocacy organization with more than 1,400 members worldwide, dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it.

BOOKWIRE at http://www.bookwire.com
Bookwire is a resource for the literary community.

COMMUNITY ARTS NETWORK
Although the Community Arts Network project is now closed, information is archived here about the field of art made as a voice and a force within a specific community of place, spirit or tradition.

CPANDA (Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive) at http://www.cpanda.org/
CPANDA's mission is to acquire, archive, document and preserve high quality data sets on key topics in arts and cultural policy, and make them available in a user-friendly format to scholars, journalists, policy makers, artists, cultural organizations, and the public.

GLASS ART SOCIETY at http://www.glassart.org
The Glass Art Society promotes the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and supports artists who work with glass.

HERITAGE EMERGENCY NATIONAL TASK FORCE at http://www.heritagepreservation.org/programs/taskfer.htm
Heritage Emergency National Task Force resources help archives, libraries, historic sites, museums, and the public cope with damage from disasters.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION LEARNING PORTAL at http://www.historicpreservation.gov/NPS_Portal/user/home/home.jsp
The Historic Preservation Learning Portal is an Internet website which provides a fast, direct link to historic preservation information and training on more than 1,000 federal, state,tribal, educational, and non-profit websites in over 250 formats.

LEAGUE OF HISTORIC AMERICAN THEATRES at http://www.lhat.org
League of Historic American Theatres is a non-profit organization that works to preserve and rehabilitate historic theaters.

LIVELY TIMES at http://www.livelytimes.com
LIVELY TIMES is a Montana Source for Arts & Entertainment. Lively Times is also printed monthly.

LIVINGSTON GALLERY ASSOCIATION at http://www.livingstongalleries.com
The Livingston Gallery Association site lists galleries, special events and museum associations in the Livingston area.

MONTANA ART GALLERY DIRECTORS' ASSOCIATION at http://www.mt-magda.org
The Montana Art Gallery Directors' Association, (MAGDA), originates touring exhibitions of a diverse range of the visual arts.

MONTANA TRIBAL TOURISM ALLIANCE at http://sevenlodges.dirxion.com
The Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance Handbook is available here.

MUSEUM LOAN NETWORK at http://dl.lib.brown.edu/mln/
The Museum Loan Network (MLN) facilitates the long-term loan of art and objects of cultural heritage among U.S. institutions as a way to enhance the installations of museums, thus enabling them to better serve their communities.

NATIONAL COALITION OF ARTS THERAPIES ASSOCIATIONS at http://www.nccata.org
The Coalition represents over 8,000 members of six creative arts therapies associations.

NATIVE AMERICAN RESOURCES at http://www.hanksville.org/NAresources
Information resources for the Native American community.

PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE at http://http://paa.convio.net
National arts advocacy group which provides information and updates on legislative matters that affect non-profit professional performing arts and presenting groups.

PRESERVATION DIRECTORY.COM at http://www.preservationdirectory.com/HistoricalPreservation/Home.aspx
Online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada.

PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES at http://www.pcah.gov/index.html
The President's Committee works to encourage private sector support for the arts and humanities and public appreciation of their value through projects, publications and meetings.

PROJECT VOTE SMART at http://www.vote-smart.org/
Find information about your political leaders.

SO WHERE IS THAT LAW ANYWAY? at http://www.muridae.com/nporegulation/
Eric Mercer has a well-compiled list of links to many federal and state nonprofit regulations. It's not the kind of site you browse through for fun, but it's indispensable when looking up the law on something.

THE ARTS AND CRAFT SOCIETY at http://www.arts-crafts.com/
An online community dedicated to the philosophy and spirit of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS at http://vlany.org/resources/index.php
VLA delivers pro bono and low cost legal, education, mediation and advocacy services and information to the national arts community.

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MANAGEMENT, BOARDS AND FUNDRAISING

A FREE COMPLETE TOOLKIT FOR BOARDS at http://www.mapnp.org/library/boards/boards.htm
This library is a community resource to be shared and contributed to by the public. The overall goal of the library is to provide basic, how-to management information to managers - particularly those with very limited resources.

AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS at http://www.artsusa.org
Americans for the Arts, works with arts, business leaders and patrons to provide leadership, advocacy, visibility, professional development and research for cultural organizations.

ARTS EXTENSION SERVICE
AES publications provide practical information and tools for arts management and community cultural enhancement. AES has developed a variety of publications of value to: arts administrators, educators, students, economic development specialists, artists, municipal officers, cultural advocates, regional and urban planners, civic leaders, amenity planners, human service organizations. Go to http://www.artsextensionservice.org/index.php/publications/publications/list-of-publications

ARTSMANAGER.ORG at http://www.artsmanager.org/home/
Artsmanager.org is a resource for current and future arts managers, board members, and students who seek real solutions to management challenges faced by many not-for-profit arts organizations. Provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY at http://philanthropy.com
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of non-profit grant listings and trends in philanthropy.

CrowdRise at http://www.crowdrise.com
The innovative platform at CrowdRise is one of the fastest-growing fundraising websites.

FREE MANAGEMENT LIBRARY at http://www.mapnp.org/library/index.html
This complete, highly integrated library for nonprofits and for-profits includes 72 popular categories of topics and an index of 675 topics.

GOVERNANCE MATTERS at http://www.governancematters.org/
Through advocacy, peer learning roundtables and workshops, and educational resources such as this Web site, Governance Matters fosters an open exchange of ideas throughout the nonprofit sector.

GROW VC at http://www.growvc.com
Grow VC offers the platform and tools to empower and enable business ideas to be launched, managed and communicated with more structure, while at the same time enabling the race to success to start much earlier.

INDEPENDENT SECTOR at http://www.independentsector.org/governance_ethics_resource_center
Resource Center for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, a comprehensive collection of tools for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to enhance the accountability and transparency of their operations and ensure they operate in ethical ways.
At the heart of the Resource Center is the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations, which has been called "the most significant industry-based effort to promote self-regulation by the sector to date." The Resource Center showcases, through downloads or links, over 250 model policies, research papers, templates, and other tools. Most are available free of charge.

INDIEGOGO at http://www.indiegogo.com
Indiegogo has hosted fundraising campaigns in areas such as music and film. This fundraising platform offers discounts to 501(c)(3) organizations.

KICKSTARTER at http://www.kickstarter.com
Kickstarter is a for-profit company that provides crowdfunding opportunities and tools for creative projects through its website.

MONTANA NONPROFIT ASSOCIATION at http://www.mtnonprofit.org/index.html
MNA is a membership organization that promotes a stronger nonprofit sector, a supportive public climate, and the ability of nonprofits to accomplish their missions.

NATIONAL ARTS STRATEGIES at http://www.artstrategies.org/index.php
Organizational leadership for arts and culture

NONPROFIT GATEWAY at http://www.nonprofit.gov
NonProfit Gateway provides a network of links to Federal government information and services.

NONPROFIT RISK MANAGEMENT CENTER at http://www.nonprofitrisk.org/
The center provides information for community-based nonprofits, including such help as Frequently Asked Question sheets on dealing with a crisis.

PEERBACKERS at http://www.peerbackers.com
Peerbackers is a crowdfunding website where entrepreneurs can post projects and raise money to fund them.

RocketHub
RocketHub aims to empower the rising Creative Class by educating them about the use of crowdfunding for creative projects which they host on their website at http://www.rockethub.com

TOOLS FOR RESULTS TOOL-KIT at http://www.arts.state.tx.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=86&Itemid=105
The Texas Commission on the Arts' Tool-kit was developed as a resource for non-profit arts and cultural organizations. Topic areas include fundraising, development, programming, leadership and nonprofit basics.

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

TechSoup at http://www.techsoup.org/
TechSoup is an online source of all things technology related to nonprofits. One of its great services, among many, is the software donation program where nonprofits can "purchase" many of the most popular software titles for small administrative fees. Many top software companies like Microsoft, Intuit, Symantec, Norton, Cisco, and others use TechSoup as a distribution point for software donations.

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WRITER SUPPORT

101 USEFUL WEB TOOLS FOR WRITERS at http://www.collegedegrees.com/blog/2008/06/11/100-useful-web-tools-for-writers/
If you need help to find a writing job, ideas about contacting publishers, or a little inspiration, then check out these resources.

EVERY WRITER'S RESOURCE at http://www.everywritersresource.com/
Every Writer's Resource is for and about writers, writing and publishing. It also offers listings of the top 50 literary and online literary magazines.

POETS AND WRITERS at http://www.pw.org/
Poets & Writers, Inc. is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization and provides an information clearinghouse for the support and guidance of poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Their Top Ten Topics for Writers addresses the most popular and pressing issues at http://www.pw.org/top10_faq

THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SUMMER WRITING FESTIVAL
Every year since 1987 the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival has welcomed writers from all over the world, of all levels and genres. The affordable weekend and week-long classes are based on the workshop method and use participantsí own creative work as their starting point. More information and online registration is available at http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/iswfest/

WRITING AN ARTIST STATEMENT THAT CONNECTS

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