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Photograph by Jim Henderson via Wikimedia Commons

When things go wrong

We originally prepared this section in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. But since the unforeseen can always be foreseen, we’ll start with the organizations that can help you out in times of crisis.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

A clearinghouse for information, advice, links and resources for artists whose lives, residences and/or workplaces are affected by natural and man-made disasters.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund

New York Foundation for the Arts

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has a very comprehensive list of updated state-by-state information.

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)

New York State DHSES provides leadership and support for efforts to respond to, and recover from, natural disasters and other emergencies.

The Council of Foundations

The Council of Foundations has a good list of relief efforts by the philanthropic community.

Craft Emergency

A nationwide online exchange where you can list your needs and your location. If you have goods, services or space you can donate, you can list them here, too. Note -- this exchange is available to anyone, not just craft artists.

Theatre Communications Group

A great list of relief resources for theatre organizations and individual theatre artists.

The Small Business Administration

Provides low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance and loans up to $2 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes that have suffered property damage or loss of cash flow.

New York City

For information about emergency events and important New York City services such as schools, utilities, and transportation.
nyc.gov/notifynyc or call 311 to register for updates.

The Actors Fund

A list of emergency services, with information of specific importance and value not just for actors but for all performing artists.

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Photograph by Theodore C. Marceau (1859-1922) via Wikimedia Commons

Get down to business

Develop or expand your entrepreneurial or leadership skills, find professional services or meet with others interested in arts-business partnerships.


Offers professional development programs for women leaders in the visual arts.

National Association of Women Business Owners

A multi-service organization that offers research and information, business resources, networking events and professional development programs.

The Business Council of New York State

Programs and services include education and networking, information resources, insurance benefits and more.


Offers a wealth of information for entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and others involved in the process of starting up and running a business.

Arts & Business Partnerships

Offers a multitude of services, including professional development and training, and helps foster strategic partnerships between business and arts organizations on a local and national level

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

This organization provides pro bono legal services, and offers lectures and workshops on legal issues affecting the arts.

U.S. Small Business Administration

A wealth of information, free online courses and tutorials, links to other training and resources for small business owners.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


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Possibly profitable

Find new sources of income through selling your art; connect with individual donors and institutional funders to help you achieve your artists goals

Artful Home / The Guild

An online outlet to sell your work.

Network for Good

Non-profits can use this site to connect with donors, learn about online fundraising and get pointers on other aspects of non-profit management.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Find extensive research and information on the state of the arts throughout the country. Members also have access to podcasts, webinars and other learning materials.

National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA is one of a few institutional funders that confers grants on individual artists, in addition to funding arts organizations. The site also provides a comprehensive listing of state, regional and jurisdictional art agencies by state, with contact information -- an invaluable resource (see link above).

Association of Fund Raising Professionals

A good resource for non-profits looking for information and contacts in development and fund raising.

The New Jersey Small Business Development Center

Provides consulting, training, guidance and other services to those looking to start or develop a business in New Jersey.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

Provides services for New York non-profits in areas such as insurance and payroll, as well as advocacy and government watchdog activities on the state level.


Crafthaus is a lively online social network/community of contemporary art and fine craft practitioners and enthusiasts.

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Professional Perks

There are many potential benefits to belonging to or being affiliated with a professional organization or union, from insurance to job postings to social and networking opportunities with other artists in your field.

The Actors’ Fund of America

Help for performers with social services, financial assistance, employment, housing, healthcare.

American Federation of Musicians

Provides guidance and support to musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada. Services include contracts, pensions, insurance, referral programs.

Actors’ Equity

Represents actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, and provides health and pension plans for its members.

American Craft Council

Supports contemporary American craft through shows and workshops, conferences, educational efforts and outreach.

Dramatists Guild of America

A professional organization for playwrights, composers and lyricists, providing an assortment of valuable benefits and advisory services.


Provides information and support services to the professional dance community in and around the New York City metropolitan area.

National Performance Network

A national service organization providing information and support to artists in the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts.

A.R.T. / New York


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Get Involved

Here are some advocacy organizations that are working to help get the arts the recognition and support they deserve. Many offer services to artists; others advocate at the state and national levels to increase government funding for the arts. Most of them offer opportunities for you to get involved.

Performing Arts Alliance

Assists and promotes advocacy, both locally and nationally, for the performing arts on issues such as funding for the arts, artist visas, cultural exchange and arts education.

ArtPride New Jersey

Advocacy and support organization for artists and arts organizations in New Jersey, has a job bank, technical, advocacy, networking and more.

New York Foundation for the Arts

This organization provides a wide array of services and information to help empower artists and arts organizations in New York State.

American Association of Museums

“The American Association of Museums’ mission is to strengthen museums through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service.”

South Arts

The arts are integral to the robust economic, social, cultural and educational vitality of the South. This belief guides the activities of South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization with a mission to: Advance excellence in the arts, connect the arts to key state and national policies, nurture a vibrant quality of life.

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Roger Bacon in his study

Knowledge is Power

The more you know, the more you can accomplish. These sites are great places to begin your research, deepen your knowledge or get up to date news on the the arts and non-profit worlds.

The Foundation Center

This is the premier source for information and publications on all things non-profit: fundraising, management, research, as well as access to copious amounts of research, much available for free.


A good source of information about funding sources and non-profit businesses; also provides information for non-profits in search of in-kind donations or pro bono services.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Chronicle of Philanthropy is a lively news source, in print and online, for nonprofit leaders, fund raisers, grant makers, and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.

Joanne Fritz

Joanne Fritz has worked in the nonprofit world for most of her 30-year career. She can help you to stay informed and develop your skills.

Americans for the Arts

One of the premier arts information sites, with an enormous array of info and resources on topics such as advocacy, funding, job postings, and partnerships.

Craft in America

A rich visual and informational exploration of the practice and preservation of craft and its impact on our nation's cultural heritage.


An arts news clearinghouse, jam-packed with up-to-the-minute information, ideas, job postings and more, covering all artistic disciplines, both in the US and abroad.


ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability.

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Susan Schear leading a workshop.

Get to Work

Put your passion for the arts to work in a job at an arts agency or organization that could benefit from your skills.

Professionals for NonProfits

Professionals for Nonprofits (PNP) provides a full array of staffing services to the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Career Network

Post a job, or look for one.


A well-known and respected site for job postings in non-profit nationwide.

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Money Matters

To help you start to get your finances in order, here are several sites that offer budget templates and/or other simple money management tools. They are all free.

Budget worksheets

This site offers a variety of customizable online expense budget worksheets.


This all-in-one financial management website allows you to set up your own custom budget sheet, track your income and expenses, pay bills and manage your accounts online.

Budget spreadsheet

A customizable Excel budget spreadsheet you can download for free.

Pencil and paper!

If you prefer to work with pencil and paper, this site offers a choice of free blank printable budget worksheets.