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Karen Constine

Karen Constine is a consultant to arts & culture, entertainment and economic development nonprofits, government agencies and corporate clients. Karen Constine specializes in providing program and policy development; capacity building and strategic planning; feasibility studies and business planning; strategic communications; fundraising and resource development; civic/cultural engagement and providing interim leadership services. Karen frequently works with agencies, nonprofits and business entities, where arts and culture are intrinsically linked and tied to economic and community development programs and strategies.
Topic(s): Executive Coaching; Fundraising; Facilitation; Leadership; Human Resources/Staff Training; Programming; Management/Strategic Planning; Advocacy; Marketing/Communications; Board Development
Location(s): California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro
Phone: (323) 936-1975
Website: http://karenconstine.com

Able ARTS Work

The primary vision of Able ARTS Work (formerly known as Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc.) is to provide lifelong learning, community service and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people of all abilities and all ages in an environment of warmth, encouragement and inclusion. Able ARTS Work offers valid continuing education to further the education of board certified music therapists and other creative art therapists.
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Advocacy; Other
Location(s): Los Angeles Metro
Phone: 562/982-0247
Website: http://www.ableartswork.org/

Actors Equity Association (AEA)

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION IS THE LABOR UNION REPRESENTING AMERICAN ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS IN THE THEATRE. Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers nationwide. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.
Topic(s): Advocacy; Other
Location(s): National
Phone: 323/978-8080
Website: http://www.actorsequity.org

AIGA San Francisco

AIGA San Francisco is the largest professional association for the design community representing San Francisco, Silicon Valley, North and East Bay and the greater Bay Area. 
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Leadership; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Advocacy
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area
Phone: 415/626-6008
Website: http://www.aigasf.org

Alliance of Artist Communities

The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artist residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work.
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Fundraising; Advocacy; Other
Location(s): National
Phone: 401-351-4320
Website: http://www.artistcommunities.org

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies.

From art museums to science centers, arboretums to zoos, members of the diverse museum community share something in common—strong support, standards of excellence, knowledge sharing, and professional networks provided by the American Alliance of Museums.

Since 1906 the Alliance has been a leader in developing best practices and advocating for museums, as well as providing a host of opportunities to museum staff and volunteers. More than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners benefit from the work of the Alliance.

Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Leadership; Advocacy; Legal Issues
Location(s): National
Phone: 202-289-1818
Website: http://www.aam-us.org

American Composers Alliance

American Composers Alliance (ACA) strives to encourage performances of American concert music by keeping the music in print and easily available for the long term future. In accordance with the original goals of the organization in the 1930s, ACA believes that composers should receive credit and payment when their music is used. We make the process easier for performing artists who need to obtain this music, and we encourage professional courtesy and respect for the creators of this music.

- ACA works with composers, estates, libraries, performers, ensembles, recording projects, and distributors of classical music from around the world.
- ACA provides a professional structure for composers to reach new audiences and patrons, and to earn income from their music thorough commissions on sales and other income streams managed and collected by ACA on behalf of their music.
- Affiliated publishing imprints are American Composers Edition (BMI), Composers Facsimile Edition (BMI) and American Concert Editions (ASCAP).
- The catalog contains over 14,000 titles and represents a broad view of musical expression in the U.S. from 1900 to the present day.
- Support services by ACA are provided for composers at a professional level writing chamber music, choral music, new music, arrangements, opera, dramatic, theatrical, electronic, film, and orchestral music.
- ACA is a publishing administrator and distribution agent for scores and performance sets in both print and digital format.
- ACA sells, rents, donates, and licenses music, including rights for recordings, website audio and video streaming, documentary films; dance and dramatic uses, chamber and orchestra performances; school classroom uses; audio and video recordings; textbook and article reprints, arrangements, and new editions of music from the past.
- ACA is funded by the generous contributions of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, affiliated composers, Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, earned income from its catalog, and many organizations and individuals who support and contribute to preserve American music.

Topic(s): Advocacy; Other
Location(s): National
Phone: 212-568-0036
Website: http://www.composers.com

American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)

The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) is an AFL-CIO-affiliated labor union founded in 1939 to represent performing artists and stage managers for live performances in the variety field. The variety area of performance includes singers & dancers in touring shows and in theatrical revues, theme park performers, skaters, circus performers, comedians & stand-up comics, cabaret & club artists, lecturers/poets/monologists/spokespersons, and variety performers working at private parties & special events.
Topic(s): Advocacy
Location(s): National
Phone: 212/675-1003
Website: http://www.agvausa.com

Alan Bamberger


ArtBusiness.com provides complete art consulting and advisory services, art appraisals, art price data, articles for artists and collectors, and market research and information to anyone involved with art. Services include appraising all works of fine art; consulting on buying, selling, donating, collecting or otherwise transacting in works of fine art; assistance with inheritance issues involving art; research, documentation, organization and assistance in settlement or dissemination of artist estates; assistance in resolving disputes or disagreements over art; and expert testimony and opinions in legal cases involving art. ArtBusiness.com accesses a variety of databases containing well over 5,000,000 art price sales records, and biographical information for more than 450,000 artists. For artists at all stages in their careers, ArtBusiness.com consults on matters including organizing and presenting their art, writing about their art, assistance with situations involving formal agreements or representation of their art, marketing, promotion, pricing individual or multiple works of art, approaching the marketplace, targeting specific venues for possible shows or sales, website functionality, selling online, self-representation, exhibiting and selling at galleries or alternative venues, long term career development, estate issues, and appraisal and documentation of individual pieces or larger bodies of work. ArtBusiness.com contains over 3,000 pages of free content, over 50,000 images, regularly posts art business articles, reviews art gallery openings, critiques art, covers art market news, and critically evaluates specialized technical art reference books, CD-ROMs and online databases. Out-of-print and rare art reference books and exhibition catalogues are also available through the site. 
Topic(s): Executive Coaching; Audience Development; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Advocacy; Education
Location(s): Central Valley; San Francisco Bay Area; National; North Coast; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions; Inland Empire; South Bay Area; San Diego

Website: http://www.artbusiness.com

Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)

Since 1991, AEO and its member and partner organizations have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO’s more than 1,700 members and partners include a broad range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way capital and services flow to underserved entrepreneurs so that they can create jobs and opportunities for all.
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Advocacy
Location(s): National
Phone: 202/650-5580
Website: http://aeoworks.org

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)

At CVNL we believe that passion alone isn't enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That's why we work with leaders, aspiring and established, every day to help them build the skills, connections, and strategies that will take their impact to the next level. With confident and prepared leaders, nonprofits are better equipped to carry out their missions. As the nonprofit world constantly evolves, so does the leadership savvy that organizations need from their executives and staff. CVNL helps nonprofits of every size and mission achieve greater impact through customized consulting solutions. We are committed to providing expert guidance and professional resources that support nonprofits in advancing their mission. Leveraging the passions and talents of nonprofit leaders and complimenting them with our own expertise, we extend your capacity to plan, do, and progress.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Executive Coaching; Fundraising; Facilitation; Leadership; Non Profit Job Opportunities; Management Training; Human Resources/Staff Training; Programming; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Advocacy; Marketing/Communications; Volunteer Management; Board Development
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area; North Coast; South Bay Area
Phone: (415) 479-5710
Website: http://www.cvnl.org


CERF+ offers emergency support, grants, no-interest loans and goods and services to professional crafts artists in need.
Topic(s): Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Advocacy; Other; Education
Location(s): Online Classes/Webinars; National
Phone: 802/229-2306
Website: http://www.cerfplus.org

Raélle Dorfan

Dance Resource Center

Dance Resource Center (DRC) is a not-for-profit member-supported service organization that provides the Los Angeles area dance community access to information, resources and services; and promotes the visibility and viability of Greater Los Angeles dance on local, state and national levels. DRC has been a resource for all things dance in the Greater Los Angeles Area since 1987, providing evolving services and programming that responds to the ever-changing needs of Greater Los Angeles professional dance communities. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to more than 100 nonprofit dance companies and numerous unincorporated dance groups. The region is comprised of dynamic presenters, commercial studios, university dance departments, teachers, and thousands of students, working dancers (concert and commercial), and dance enthusiasts. Dance Resource Center is open to all professional dance companies, dance makers and dance stakeholders. We welcome all genres, organizational formats, voices and perspectives. Just as Southern California ranks as the most diverse region of the U.S., DRC represents and includes dance forms and voices reflecting LA’s rich socio-cultural mosaic.
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Facilitation; Non Profit Job Opportunities; Audience Development; Advocacy; Marketing/Communications; Other
Location(s): Central Valley; North Coast; Los Angeles Metro; Inland Empire; South Bay Area
Phone: 310-425-3463
Website: http://www.danceresourcecenter.org

Freelancers Union

Freelancers Union is the largest and fast-growing organization representing the 56.7 million independent workers across the country. We give our 450,000 members a powerful voice through policy advocacy, benefits, and community. Membership is free and open to freelancers of all kinds, from graphic designers and contractors, to entrepreneurs and moonlighters. Freelancers Union offers:

- Insurance benefits such as health, dental, term life, disability, liability, and accident & illness.
- Community, including SPARK, local freelance hubs in nearly 25 major cities
- Advocacy for policy change, such as the annual Freelancing in America survey and the Freelance Isn’t Free law
- Resources, including the #1 blog for freelancers

Freelancers Union was founded by Sara Horowitz in 1995. In 2008, we launched Freelancers Insurance Company, the first portable benefits model for freelancers that provided independent workers with high-quality, affordable, and portable health insurance. The union’s National Benefits Platform, launched in 2014, helps freelancers across America access insurance benefits, including retirement, life, liability, dental and disability.

Since its founding, Freelancers Union has fought for and won protections for freelance workers, including Unincorporated Business Tax reform, and has successfully advocated for new healthcare models. In 2016, Freelancers Union led a victorious campaign to enact first-of-its kind Freelance Isn't Free legislation in New York City giving freelancers unprecedented protections from nonpayment.
Topic(s): Networking/Field Learning; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Advocacy
Phone: x
Website: http://www.freelancersunion.org

Karen Atkinson

Getting Your Sh*t Together/GYSTInk

Karen Atkinson runs GYST Ink (Getting Your Sh*t Together) as an art practice, working to make life better for artists through software, publications and support services. She also does consulting on a one to one basis for artists and arts administrators. See website for additional details.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Executive Coaching; Networking/Field Learning; Fundraising; Facilitation; Leadership; Non Profit Job Opportunities; Programming; Audience Development; Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Advocacy; Legal Issues; Marketing/Communications; Education; Board Development; Technology Training
Location(s): National

Website: http://www.gyst-ink.com

Debra Chasnoff


We specialize in crafting strategic documentary films and distribution campaigns with ambitious social, economic, and environmental justice goals. Working closely with movement advocates and public interest organizations, we: • envision the structural, political, or cultural change that needs to happen; • identify the stories and messaging that can move audiences to get involved; • assess the best format, length, and style that will help achieve the project’s goals; • collaborate to craft a top-notch production; • design an audience engagement and outreach strategy that will harness the power of film to catalyze change. Individually, President and Senior Producer Debra Chasnoff is a coach and consultant to filmmakers and non-profit leaders. 
Topic(s): Audience Development; Management/Strategic Planning; Advocacy; Marketing/Communications
Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area
Phone: 415 641 4616 x 306
Website: http://www.groundspark.org

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Joan Mitchell Foundation

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to US based visual artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and/or drawing, who have suffered significant losses after natural or manmade disasters that have affected their community. Artists who have been negatively impacted due to catastrophic situations of this nature can apply to the Foundation for funding. Please contact the Joan Mitchell Foundation for additional information at grantsupport@joanmitchellfoundation.org.
Topic(s): Financial Management and Accounting; Fundraising; Legal Issues; Advocacy; Other; Education
Location(s): Central Valley; Online Classes/Webinars; San Francisco Bay Area; National; North Coast; California Statewide; Los Angeles Metro; Other States/Regions; Inland Empire; South Bay Area; San Diego
Phone: (212) 524-0100 x
Website: http://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency

Shreya Shah

SALTWATER Social Justice Training & Consulting

SALTWATER: Social Justice Training & Consulting is committed to giving trainings that strengthen communities, universities, colleges, organizations and movement-building for sustainable, lasting social change. SALTWATER designs, plans, and facilitates retreats, institutes, leadership development projects, webinars, individualized and group coaching, panel speaking, and long-term contracts in California and nationally. I work with clients to customize trainings based on what issues and content is important for their group/organization. Shreya D. Shah, MPH is a facilitator, healer, artist, and activist. S.D. has over 10 years of experience providing workshops and education. She has worked as a sexual health educator, youth worker, HIV/STD Tester & Counselor, media justice project editor, and facilitator around the States. Shreya graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with a B.A. in Political Science and Columbia University with a Masters Degree in Public Health, focusing on health inequities, the built environment, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). She is Training for Change's JCJ Fellowship Program Co-Coordinator for Trainers of Color and a member of the Funding Queerly Giving Circle , mobilizing resources for community organizing by and for LGBTQI communities. She co-founded and co-directed the Rhizome Consulting Project before being called to her next chapter with SALTWATER Training & Consulting. S.D. is a certified ThetaHealing Practitioner, supporting individuals to deconstruct 'old stories' to heal and actualize their goals and visions. She integrates a body-based approach into her facilitation & healing work, moving groups through challenging experiences in an embodied, grounded way. She is deepening this capacity as part of a cohort of politicized healers through the Generative Somatics : Somatics & Trauma 2015 Program. Shreya's art and design work shares liberatory, healing messages that can be found locally and nationally, in stores and online.
Topic(s): Facilitation; Human Resources/Staff Training; Management/Strategic Planning; Advocacy; Education
Location(s): Online Classes/Webinars; San Francisco Bay Area
Phone: x
Website: http://www.saltwatertraining.org

Virginia Broersma

The Artist's Office

The Artist’s Office is operated by Los Angeles based artist Virginia Broersma. It was born out of a recognition that many artists need help and support with the "office work" of being an artist. As the Artist’s Office, Virginia works with artists to identify and pursue opportunities such as grants, exhibitions and residencies, while also offering occasions for knowledge growth, project planning, and peer support. Part of her work involves engaging with the systems and opportunities available to artists to better understand if and how they are failing to meet the needs of artists. Participating in advocacy and generating camaraderie amongst artists are key elements of this work, which is founded in a belief that artists can create change within the art world.
Topic(s): Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training; Advocacy; Legal Issues
Location(s): Online Classes/Webinars; National; Los Angeles Metro
Phone: x
Website: http://www.theartistsoffice.net

Pablo Hernandez-Garcia

Youth Speak Collective

Youth Speak Collective is a youth-driven organization founded on the idea that all young people can succeed if provided with the right opportunities. We follow a “for youth, by youth” philosophy in which young people are help design and implement our academic, artistic and leadership programs.
Topic(s): Leadership; Non Profit Job Opportunities; Advocacy; Education
Location(s): Los Angeles Metro
Phone: 818-890-2928 x
Website: http://www.youthspeakcollective.org