Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Build Your Own Benefits Package

November 12, 2021, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Topic: Financial Management and Accounting

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Online Classes/Webinars


Build Your Own Benefits Package

with Pamala Capalad & Dyalekt, Brunch & Budget

Whether you're new to freelancing or have been doing it for years, one of the toughest parts of getting the business side of things together can be making sure you take care of yourself and put together your own benefits package. In the workshop, we'll cover:
  • How to choose the right health insurance coverage and budget for it, including premiums, deductibles, copays, and coinsurance
  • Setting up a Health Savings Account with an eligible medical insurance policy
  • Getting dental insurance (it's easier than you think!)
  • The importance of disability insurance (especially as a freelancer!), costs, and how to sign up for it
  • When you need life insurance and where to get it
  • Basics on setting up a retirement savings plan*

This interactive, 1-hour workshop for artists and creative freelancers will be presented via Zoom. A recording will be shared for a limited time with registrants.


*For a deeper dive into this last topic, don't miss Retirement Savings for Artists with Christina Empedocles on November 3!



Pamela Capalad is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Financial Counselor whose mission is to make financial planning affordable for those who need it most. She founded Brunch & Budget to provide people with a safe and friendly place to speak openly and make financial progress. Her work has been featured in publications including the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and Vice Magazine.

Brian "Dyalekt" Kushner is a hip-hop MC and the director of pedagogy at Pockets Change, where he uses hip-hop pedagogy to demystify personal finance and help students take control of their relationship with money. He’s rocked (performed/taught/keynoted) everywhere from conferences like AFCPE and Prosperity Now, to stages like SXSW and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to classrooms that range from Yale to your cousin’s living room. He also co-hosts the Brunch & Budget podcast, which discusses personal finance and racial economic inclusion.

Pam & Dyalekt host the Brunch & Budget podcast, focused on personal finance as an act of social justice, and cofounded the Race & Wealth podcast network with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad. They regularly keynote on how art, culture, and media are used to perpetuate racial wealth inequality. (brunchandbudget.com, @brunchandbudget)

Date: Friday, November 12, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:00am PDT  /  1:00-2:00pm EDT

Online platform: A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register.

Cost: $5-15 (sliding scale). Please pay what you can afford. Those who are able to afford full price tickets will help subsidize those who cannot.

Questions? Email allison@cciarts.org.
Cancellation Policy: Full refund on registration fees up to 48 hours prior to workshop date. Fees non-refundable after that date.

This workshop is made possible with support from:

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This event is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

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


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