Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Alternative Funding Strategies for Artists

October 15, 2013, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Topic: Fundraising

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: San Francisco Bay Area


Alternative Funding Strategies for Artists

Artists and cultural producers are increasingly turning to funding sources outside of the traditional methods. This workshop and seminar will explore traditional and new models for funding creative practice and discuss their benefits and disadvantages. We’ll also touch on the importance of developing social capital, along with practical strategies for building your brand and network. Participants should be ready to investigate their own support needs and be willing to contribute their own insight and experiences.  

This workshop will take place over one 3-hour session with topics to include:

  • Pros and cons of traditional funding sources
  • Opt-Out Strategies: fee-for-service, barter, trade, co-ops, and secondary income
  • Making Byproducts: production goods, economies of scale, and working with "middle-men"
  • Selling your skills or surplus
  • Community Supported Practice
  • Leveraging social capital

Oliver and Eleanor Wise, otherwise known as The Present Group, have been exploring and developing strategies and systems for funding and distributing artists works for over seven years.  They have run an art subscription service, a web hosting service that funds a yearly arts prize, an online platform for funding and showcasing net art, have received multiple grants and earlier this year ran a kickstarter campaign that was funded at 288% of their goal.


Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location:  ProArts, 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund on registration fees up to 48 hours prior to workshop date. Fees nonrefundable after that date.