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Professional Artists' Resource Guide

The Alliance for Artists Communities
The Alliance gives a collective voice on behalf of its members, small and large, that leverages support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today's artists.

ArtBusiness.com provides complete art advising and consulting services, art appraisals and art price data, numerous articles for artists and collectors, and market research and information for anyone involved with art.

The Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
The mission of the Arts & Business Council is to strengthen a vibrant arts community by providing quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs to the artists and cultural organizations within Massachusetts and the greater Boston area.

AS220 Community Printshop
The AS220 Community Printshop is committed to providing education and resources as cheaply as possible, while at the same time providing rewarding teaching opportunities for experienced key-members and printmakers in the community. The cost of each class reflects its length.

AS220 Labs
AS220 Labs is a growing community of technology literate artists and makers of all ages, participants in a growing movement to provide democratic access to the tools of technology, through open hardware and software. The Labs offers access to computer-controlled machinery and other resources, affordable hands-on electronics and fabrication instruction, a vibrant learning community, and a certification program in digital fabrication, the Fab Academy, directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT's Center For Bits and Atoms (CBA).

AS220 Fab Academy
Fab Academy was created by Center For Bits and Atoms Director Neil Gershenfeld to fill the need for advanced instruction in the Fab Labs beyond what was locally available. The intensive six-month certification program in digital fabrication, links groups of students and instructors through online video collaboration and lectures by a global faculty. At the Fab Academy, you learn how to envision, rapid prototype, and document your ideas through hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication tools.

Assetts for Artists
Assets for Artists is a collaborative program providing financial and business training and matched savings accounts to low-income artists, administered by MASS MoCA, the Midas Collaborative and Arthome, in cooperation with many local partners.

Business Information Center
Rhode Island's First Stop Business Information Center makes it easier for you to start or grow a business in Rhode Island. First Stop provides full-service support by creating free, customized packages that make it easier to apply for financing, obtain permits, make contacts and get answers from government at every level.

Call for Entry
CallforEntry.org™, also known as CaFÉ™ is a Web-based service that allows organizations and administrators to easily and cost-effectively manage artist-application and jury processes related to calls for entry and other events. The service is especially designed for use with public art projects, artist fellowships, juried visual-arts competitions, and many other types of calls for entry.

Center for Women & Enterprise
Center for Women & Enterprise's mission is to empower women to become economically self-sufficient and prosperous through entrepreneurship. They offer education, training, technical assistance, women’s business enterprise certification and access to both debt and equity capital to entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. 

The Clark Hulings Fund
The Clark Hulings Fund provides business training & funding to professional working artists

Creative Capital
In 2003, Creative Capital launched the Professional Development Program (PDP) to share with a broad community of artists some of the tools and strategies for improved self-sufficiency that were developed initially for grantees. Since the launch of the program, PDP has refined and developed these tools and methodologies and, as of fall 2009, has served over 2,200 artists in more than 35 communities around the country. PDP offers a menu of weekend, one day, and evening length workshops.

Creative Ground
CreativeGround spotlights the creative people and places at work in New England: cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts. Why? To connect them with each other and with you. Because vibrant neighborhoods go hand-in-hand with a vibrant creative sector.

DESIGNxRI connects the vast design talent to harness and elevate awareness of the design community in the state of Rhode Island.

Lawyers for the Arts (Rhode Island Bar Association)
If you are an artist and think you have a legal problem, the Rhode Island Bar Association's Lawyers for the Arts Program may be able to direct you to an attorney with the expertise you need. (Information on the site is slightly out of date. The $25.00 referral fee has been eliminated.)

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive.

The Public Art Archive
The Public Art Archive™ is a growing database and mobile website of completed public artworks from around the world. Search. Explore. Learn. Share. Grow.

Rhode Island Small Business Development Centers
The mission of the RISBDC is to assist entrepreneurs to transform their business to increase their stability, profitability, efficiency, and capacity for present and future growth.

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition
The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote entrepreneurship and development of start-up and early stage companies.

Rhode Island Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office
MBECO promotes the development of certified minority (MBE) and women-owned (WBE) business enterprises. It does this by facilitating their participation in Rhode Island's business and economic development opportunities. MBECO offers services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy. 

We know what it takes to succeed in business: We have started businesses; bought and sold businesses, and hired and fired employees; we have been landlords and tenants, and even litigants in lawsuits. Our mission as volunteers is to share our cross-industry expertise to mentor the small companies of Rhode Island and surrounding region in the best practices of all facets of business management.

Professional development, networking, and resource center for teaching artists in Rhode Island.

As a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Statewide Tax Free Arts District
Rhode Island is the “first state in the nation” to permit the sale of original and limited edition works of art exempt from state sales tax. By declaring Rhode Island the “State of the Arts”, our state policymakers seek to promote the Ocean State as a cultural destination. Rhode Island has also designated nine Rhode Island communities as arts districts, with exemptions for artists who live AND work in those cities and towns. Those can be found here.

The Steel Yard
The Steel Yard's public projects department is committed to the production of high quality public art and to helping our local artists realize their own projects. We provide support in project management, steel fabrication and installation of work. Since 2004 we have installed over 1,000 commissioned pieces across Rhode Island and worked with over 150 artists to transform the public art landscape of the state. The Steel Yard also offers classes in the industrial arts, has open studio hours, and shared facilities for rent.

United States Small Business Association of Rhode Island
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.