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Deadline: June 30, 2014

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The mission of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is strengthening communities and improving lives through extraordinary cultural experiences. In partnership with the City of Austin, Artist INC, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, M-AAA is now accepting applications from artists of all disciplines for Artist INC Live Austin.

Cultural Arts Division, City of AustinArtist INC Live Austin is a cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges of artists. Limited to 25 participants, artists gather once a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.

Program Objectives and Criteria
Through mentorship, expert presentations, and peer networks artists gain:
Tools and skills in arts planning, marketing, finance, law and technology;
An increased knowledge of and ability to access local and national art business resources;
A strategic artist’s plan for pursuing, marketing and sustaining their art; and
A long-term network of cross-discipline, diverse artists to provide peer learning and support into the future.
Artist INC Live Austin will be guided by the Artist INC Program team, in conjunction with M-AAA staff, who will work with the City of Austin, local artist facilitators Andrea Ariel, Zell Miller III, Dharmesh Patel, Leticia Rodriguez, Roy Rutngamlug, China Nicole Smith, and area topic experts to jointly conduct the program. The three-hour weekly seminar is structured in thirds, with the first hour focused on directed large group discussions of topical issues, the second hour featuring multi-media lectures on the specified business topic, and the last hour spent in small group discussion and direct application of class concepts.

The weekly seminar sessions include:
The Business of Art Paradox, strategic planning and goal setting
Marketing Your Art (without selling your soul), communicating the message of your work
Budget is Not a Four Letter Word, managing money and financial planning
Better Than Pulling Teeth, writing about your work
Zen and the Law of Art, business structure, intellectual property and basic legal issues
Show Me the Money, finding grants/fellowships and raising capital, understanding the technology artists need to use
Opening Night: sharing the completed artist’s plan
Artist INC Live is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging to established. Applicants should communicate how the Artist INC Live program will support or strengthen their own business practice as well as show promise of participation in their local artist community network.

Artist INC Live Austin: Timeline

Participant Application Deadline Friday, June 30, 2014
Applicant Notification Friday, Aug. 19, 2014
Seminar held weekly Saturdays, Oct. 4–Nov. 22, 2014

The seminar is held in eight three-hour sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at 301 W. Second St., Austin, TX 78701.

Applications are reviewed by an advisory panel consisting of representatives of the partnering organizations as well as artists and arts professionals in the field. The selected seminar participants will reflect a balanced cross-section of artists from multiple disciplines, backgrounds and ethnicities.

It is through generous support from Mid-America Arts Alliance and its funding partners that the City of Austin can offer this professional development program at a greatly reduced program fee of $120 (from $1,000). Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the seminar, barring illness or emergency. Please review the timeline to be sure that you are available for all sessions. Payment of $120 will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Artist INC Live Austin is open to artists of all disciplines. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, and may not be a degree-seeking student. Due to the weekly in-person attendance required for the workshop, Artist INC recommends participants live within a 90-mile radius of Austin.

How to Apply
If you wish to apply, please use the following checklist to prepare all of responses before completing the Artist INC Live application online.

M-AAA and its partners will only review application materials submitted online by 11:59 p.m. CST on June 30, 2014, through the following website:

Application Checklist

Applicant Information
Applicant Name, Address and Contact Information
Applicant Website URL (If applicable.)
Choose the one discipline that best describes the applicant’s primary area of work in the arts (drop down menu)
Choose the one racial/ethnic classification which best describes the applicant (drop down menu)
Age Range (drop down menu)
How did you learn about this opportunity?
Applicant Narrative
Provide a statement describing your work, your primary motivation for creating work, and your passion for your chosen artistic discipline. (maximum 500 words)
What do you want your arts career to look like five years from now? (maximum 500 words)
What do you see as key opportunities or challenges relative to your artistic career, and how do you think participation in this program will help you to advance as a professional artist? (maximum 500 words
Applicant Support Material and Work Samples
Samples should be carefully selected to accurately reflect the applicant’s work, with a focus on work generated in the last three years. Panelists will spend up to five minutes reading, watching, viewing or listening to your samples.
Work Sample Summary: When applicable, include the following for each work sample corresponding to the order the samples are submitted: artist name, title of the work, website address, medium, dimensions, date of completion or performance or publication, running time, number of pages and other details regarding the creative development, inspiration or relevance of the work. Clearly indicate selections intended for review including portion, i.e. url – “Video Title” – view from 1:36 to 3:06. (PDF format, limit four pages)
Upload work sample files or list work sample website addresses (limit four)
a. Images: jpg files, 1 MB maximum per image OR web addresses linking directly to work samples
b. Audio/Video: web addresses linking directly to work samples
c. Literary: PDF format, limit eight pages total
Resumé or CV highlighting your artistic training and accomplishments (pdf format, limit three pages)
Certification Page
The applicant hereby certifies to the best of its knowledge and belief that it:
A.) is not presently declared ineligible, or excluded from receiving federal assistance from any federal agency;
B.) does not currently owe a debt to the federal government for outstanding taxes;
C.) has not, within a three-year period preceding this seminar been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against them for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining or attempting to obtain public funds;
D.) is not presently indicted for or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a government entity with commission of any of the offenses noted above.
By virtue of submitting this form online I, the applicant, certify that all information contained in this application is true.

Direct inquiries about the Artist INC LIVE Program to:
Christine Dotterweich Bial, Director of Arts and Humanities Grant Making
Send email, or call (816) 421-1388, ext. 227

Program History
Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of Charlotte Street Foundation, ArtsKC–Regional Arts Council, and the UMKC Innovation Center. Originally launched in 2007 as KCArtistLink, Artist INC connects Kansas City artists of all disciplines to the tools, resources and opportunities necessary to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice.

Artist INC programs include the original Artist INC Live eight-week seminar that focuses on professional development and business training for emerging and mid-career artists; two speakers’ series that connect artists with national and local experts in arts entrepreneurship; the Artist INC website where artists can find the resources they need to shape their careers and grow their businesses; Artist INC Online, a web version of the live training seminar that significantly broadens geographic access to the groundbreaking program;, a digital resource destination for the local artist community; and Artist INC II, an advanced project-based seminar available to all Artist INC Live alumni.

Artist INC is made possible through grants from Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), major support provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the innovative collaboration of Kansas City’s arts service organizations, and generous support from the Kansas City creative community and arts supporters, including the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation; Francis Family Foundation; Hallmark Cards; the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, Bank of America, Trustee; the Richard J. Stern Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council. Artist INC also receives program support and guidance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center, and numerous local area artists involved in the community planning process.

About Artist INC Live Austin
In partnership with Texas Commission on the Arts, ArtsKC–Regional Arts Council, Charlotte Street Foundation, and the UMKC Innovation Center, Mid-America Arts Alliance is bringing the popular Kansas City-based Artist INC Live program to its six-state region. Support for Artist INC Live Austin is made possible through generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, foundation grants, and individuals.

About the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division (CAD) of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management
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