Apply Now, Massachusetts Artists!

We're back at it, Massachusetts!  

Assets for Artists is now accepting applications for our matched savings grant program and fall/winter professional development workshops.


Where are you located?

If you're an artist based in (or interested in relocating to) North Adams, Holyoke, or Lawrence, we have special opportunities for you. Click the corresponding link for details. Everyone else in Massachusetts: Keep reading this post for details.

Interested candidates are welcome to apply for either or both of our programming tracks. Apply by October 9!


Matched Savings Grant Program:

Artists selected for our 2017 matched savings program will receive:

A “matched savings” grant that provides working capital help grow the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with grants of $1,000 or $2,000 to match a corresponding amount of savings, and the combined amount is used by the artist toward implementing a plan to strengthen their creative practice.

Free professional development services, including artist-tailored workshops on financial management and business planning.

Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s business plan.

ARTISTS in ALL disciplines and financial circumstances are encouraged to apply! 

If you’re an artist/maker motivated to improve your financial & business management skills and to make investments aimed at growing your creative practice, we’d love to hear from you.

Professional Development Workshops:

Our free workshops are geared to help artists strengthen their professional practices. This fall/winter, we’re offering four expert-led workshops to help artists in all disciplines. Apply to participate in one, two, or all four!

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Taxes for Artists 

October 19, 10:30am - 12pm | North Adams

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, Hannah has a unique vantage point for understanding the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses. In this workshop she will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically relevant to artists, followed by a Q&A period. Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax and an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. 

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Understanding Your Art Practice as a Business

Choice of dates:
October 24, 1-6pm | North Adams
January 25, 1-6pm | North Adams

Kim Faler is an installation artist who has been awarded Rauschenberg and Artpace residencies and has exhibited at MASS MoCA. In this work-shop, participants will create a framework for understanding their practice as a business and a strategic plan for advancing their goals. Participants will receive guidance on improving their artist statements, portfolios, websites, budgeting, time management, and fundraising. Recommended for fine/non-commercial artists. 

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Get Press Ready: Media Relations for Artists

November 18, 1-6pm | Lawrence, MA

Sarah Platanitis is a lifestyle journalist and media educator focused on press relations for artists. In this workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of press vs. public relations and how to work more effectively with journalists. Participants will focus on best practices for writing press releases, organizing media kits and websites, being more comfortable during interviews, and how to present newsworthy content to appropriate media outlets. For artists in all disciplines.

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Create Success: Selling Your Work at High-End Art Markets, Craft Shows & Artisan Festivals

February 15, 1-6pm | Holyoke, MA

Laura Baring-Gould's practice includes award-winning installations, public artworks and small bronzes sold in galleries, juried shows and through private commissions. In this workshop participants will explore the rich entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges present in making, marketing and selling their artwork. Specific topics will include strategies for show applications and selection, product pricing and diversity, financial accounting / tax reporting, client interactions, promotion and the importance of sustaining creative buoyancy. 

What are you waiting for?
Click here to apply by October 9!

Not located in Massachusetts? Please check back again soon or add yourself to our email list for updates and future programming opportunities in your area.

Our work in Massachusetts is possible because of our wonderful funders & partners, specifically the Barr FoundationMassachusetts Growth Capital CorporationSurdna Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture.