Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Guilded Info Session for CA Artists

August 23, 2021, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Topic: Other

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation & Guilded

Location: Online Classes/Webinars



Resourcing Artists for the Solidarity Economy

CCI's AmbitioUS is pleased to present this workshop & info session for California artists interested in joining Guilded!


The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives is thrilled to launch Guilded, a co-op for freelancers in the creative fields. Guilded is a freelancer-owned digital platform that provides contract workers with three key services: 

  1. Financial Support through Guaranteed Payments

  2. Healthcare Benefits 

  3. A community for networking and organizing

This free webinar is designed for new and mid-career artists and creatives, based in California, who are looking for ways to build assets while accessing social benefits through their work as freelancers. We will provide tools for which artists can self-advocate to larger institutions for funding through their community groups/collectives and discuss a new cooperative freelancing platform, Guilded, which provides income stability through guaranteed payments and worker benefits for its members.  

In 2020 alone, largely as a result of the pandemic, more than 2 million people started freelancing. Freelancers bear the brunt of negotiating and securing worker and health benefits while conducting all aspects of business administration on their own which makes them some of the most exploited and least protected workers in our economy. This exploitation and lack of protection is often magnified for freelancers in the arts. Guilded can serve as an antidote for artists looking for benefits and to join the solidarity economy.

To learn more visit www.guilded.coop.  

This workshop will be recorded. The recording will be shared with pre-registered participants after the workshop concludes.


Ajoke Williams is the Program Manager of Guilded at the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Guilded is a freelancer cooperative designed to support independent contractors and freelancers with payment advances for their contracts, assistance with tax filing, and a centralized platform for obtaining health care. Originally from New Orleans, Ajoke has lived in several cities throughout the US and now resides in Silver Spring, MD.  Before her time at the USFWC, she had been working on means to bring equitable financing and access to capital to cooperative businesses throughout the DC, MD and VA.  She has worked in establishing a digital online platform for lending pools between members of the Movement for Black Lives DC coalition and provided logistical and development support for a number of BLM campaigns in her time there. Ajoke is passionate about bridging the promise of cooperative business with the urgent social needs of black and brown people. As an aspiring credit union founder, she currently serves on the board of Appeal's Credit Union and is a founder of Social Conscience PBC, a lending & tech consulting firm.

Date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Time: 4:30-6:00pm PT
Online platform: A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register.
Free with Registration (below).

Questions? Email allison@cciarts.org.

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This workshop is presented as part of AmbitioUS, an initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation encouraging the development of burgeoning alternative economies and fresh social contracts in ways that artists and cultural communities can achieve financial freedom. Learn more about this initiative at http://ambitio-us.org.



You must be a member of CCI in order to register for this workshop. Membership is free and open to the public. You can create an account here.

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