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Web Portfolio 101 - The Basics (Columba College)

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Courtesy of Columbia College from Portfolio Center-----Of all the things a web site may be, a web portfolio is a curated selection of work that provides an overview of your creative experience. It basically tells someone how you want to be understood. A web portfolio can also serve as your main communication hub where the rest of your online presence branches out from.We encourage every student at Columbia to have a web portfolio (yes, that means you, too, ASL and education students!). You don’t have to know how to code, or know what a content management system (CMS) is to make a web portfolio.To get started, you’ll want to get:1. a website hosting system.2. a custom domain name....View complete resource (along with tutorial VIDEO) at Columbia College Portfolio Center website
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Evolving Your Career: Business Skills for Visual Artists (Spacetaker Presentation 2012)

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Spacetaker presentation led by Houston artist and businessman Taft McWhorter, -----This presentation offers artists tips on how to take their art career to the next level. Business Skills for Visual Artists 2012 from Fresh Arts
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Get it in writing! Fresh Arts Contract Workshop 2014

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THE PRESENTATION FROM THE WORKSHOP DESCRIBED IS EMBEDDED BELOW. Get it in Writing!Understanding & Crafting Contracts with Emily Watts and attorney Erin RodgersMay 6, 2014(For artists, collectives, and nonprofits) *This workshop hosted at the Dance Source Houston Headquarters, The Barn (formerly Barnevelder).The Barn, 2201 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003Are you an artist lending your work to a business for exhibition? Are you a performing arts organization that hires independent artists to perform? Are you renting space for a performance and exhibition? In all these instances, contracts and/or letters of agreement help protect you and your work, as well as prevent misunderstandings and other problems.TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:- Understanding basic contract language and common clauses (glossary of common legalese)- Defining correct parties- Terms and options- Intellectual property ownership- Work for hire- Liability- Consideration ( making a contract binding)- Breach and dispute- Cure options (how to remedy a breach of contract)- How do you know when you are breaking a contract- Combining contracts with Letters of Agreement (LOAs) and riders- Contract addendums and red-lining- Recourse upon broken contracts Fresh arts Get it in writing! Contract Workshop from Fresh Arts
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Writing a great grant 2014 (Individual Artists)

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THE PRESENTATION FROM THE WORKSHOP DESCRIBED IS EMBEDDED BELOW. Writing a Great Grant: An Overview for Individual ArtistsLed by: Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Executive Director of Fresh Arts, with Christa Forster, author and 4-time winner of the Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist GrantFor individual artists Wednesday, October 22 @ Fresh ArtsJoin Fresh Arts’ executive director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and 4-time HAA Individual Artist Grant recipient and author, Christa Forster, for a two-hour in depth presentation on best practices when composing and applying for artist project grants. Additionally, Houston Arts Alliance Grants Manager Shannon Teasley will be present to answer any specific question related to the Individual Artist Grant.Our goal with this workshop is to help local artists develop and refine their grant writing skills and to highlight some important and attainable grants administered locally, such as the Houston Arts Alliance's Individual Artist Grant and the Idea Fund. Even if you do not plan to submit any proposals this fall, this overview will be a fantastic opportunity to develop your strategies for framing your work and honing your grant-writing skills.Representatives from both the Houston Arts Alliance and the Idea Fund will be on hand to answer questions about these grant opportunities. Writing a great grant 2014 (Individual Artists) from Fresh Arts
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Fresh Arts Fundamental HR/Employment Policies for Organizations 2014

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THE PRESENTATION FROM THE WORKSHOP DESCRIBED IS EMBEDDED BELOW. Fundamental HR/Employment Policies for OrganizationsFor arts administrators of small to mid-sized nonprofitsMonday, June 2, from 4-6 p.m.@ Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, #B11, Houston, TX 77007Presenters:Bob Lawson, Director of Administration & Education, Theatre Under the StarsElaine C. Becraft, Counsel, Labor & Employment, LyondellBasellNot sure who on your team should receive a 1099 or a W-2? Are you supposed to be paying unemployment taxes? Do you know the rules around interns? Join Bob Lawson, of Theatre Under the Stars, and employment lawyer, Elaine C. Becraft for a crash course in what you need to know and what you didn’t know you didn’t know. This is a great opportunity for administrators to have questions answered by an expert in the field and address some of the unique challenges we all face in keeping our small or mid-size organizations in compliance with HR standards.Topics include:- Basic distinctions between 1099/W2 employees, as well as exempt/non-exempt- How to avoid abusing interns- Basic options for offering benefits- Basic reporting for new hires- Unemployment taxes (when you need to worry about them)- The advantages and timing of outsourcing, rather than handling HR in house- Common questions re: employment law- Basic best practices for interviewing/hiring- Employee reviews + HR advocate on board of directors for smaller nonprofits (i.e. to provide an additional outlet for reporting HR problems)- The "Absolute Musts" of any employee handbook (great resources from ADP on this subject) Fresh Arts Fundamental HR/Employment Policies for Organizations 2014 from Fresh Arts
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Fresh Arts Development Finance and Operation Basics 2014

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THE PRESENTATION FROM THE WORKSHOP DESCRIBED IS EMBEDDED BELOW. Development Finance and Operation Basicsfor the Jack-of-All Arts Administrator(Gift Acceptance, Disclosure Rules & Basic Financial Reporting)For arts administrators of small to mid-sized nonprofitsWednesday, June 4th, 2014@ Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, #B11, Houston, TX 77007PRESENTERS:Amy Lampi, Associate Director of Development, Alley TheatreJoanna Torok, Director of Advancement Operations, Houston Grand OperaAre you in charge of fundraising AND finance within a small organization? Do you struggle with creating a regular routine for acknowledging donations? Do you know how to present your financial position effectively to your board? Are you certain you’re in total compliance with the IRS when accepting gifts? Administrators can expect to walk away from this workshop better equipped to manage broad financial concerns along with a simple check-list of things to do each day to ensure you are staying in compliance.Topics will include: - Creating simple systems for fund development management and operations- Timing, rules, and language for donor receipts- Common mistakes in communicating the tax benefits of donations- How to determine Fair Market Value for special events, etc.- Basic financial reports- Forecasting revenues- Reconciling fundraising activities with greater financial goals Development finance & operation basics for nonprofits_Fresh Arts 2014 from Fresh Arts
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VIDEO: The Relevance of Performing Rights Organizations

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Ashley Miller,  Vice President of SESAC a performing rights organization located in the West Coast, discusses the benefits of the performing rights organizations gives to an artist and the role they play as advocates.Miller, as a music supervisor, was responsible for establishing and overseeing the music department for independent film production company Millennium Films/New Image Pictures as Exec In Charge of Music/ Music Supervisor which included a slate of 15 – 20 films per year, music publishing and soundtracks. Miller’s feature film credits include such major releases as “Rambo”, “Righteous Kill”, “Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans”, “The Black Dahlia”, 16 Blocks” and “Brooklyn’s Finest”. 
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VIDEO: IRS, Small Business / Self-Employed, VIRTUAL Small Business Tax Workshop

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Video Workshop courtesy of IRS.gov.  Includes 9 tax lessons for Small Business or Self-Employed.
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VIDEO: Bookkeeping & Taxes for Artists

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Steven Goldglit, Managing Partner of Goldglit & Company, speaks to students at the New York Academy of Artabout taxes, bookkeeping and good habits on accounting for artists.Taxes & Bookkeeping for Artists - Steven Goldglit from New York Academy of Art on Vimeo.
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Concert Etiquette

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Courtesy of the National Association for Music Education.OverviewPeople whispering. Cell phones ringing. Talking. Turning around in seats. Leaving before the entire performance is finished. Does this sound like your typical audience at a concert or festival? You are not alone. In recent years, a large number of complaints from music educators concerns the topic of audience behavior and how best to address the issue of concert etiquette. The topic addressed here will mainly be the behavior of public audiences, as opposed to student audiences. We have included a helpful guide, however, "10 Rules for Students," which could be used as a handout for students prior to attending performances at school or off-campus.The behavior of public audiences is a difficult issue to address. School administrators and teachers can exercise direct control over the student body. However, when dealing with the general public you may have the same high expectations for their concert behavior, but far less control over their actions. Here are some ideas to attempt to address this problem and offer some solutions to provide awareness to our audiences. If we can make an impact, the real winners will be our students who will enjoy their performance experience much more with an attentive, well-behaved audience.To start, we offer this fun, informative quiz, designed to enlighten, entertain, and educate your audience. You might want to hand this to your audience as they arrive for the performance. If nothing else, it might provide them with food for thought and will at least keep them occupied as they await the start of the performance! A Message from "Dr. Tim" Lautzenheiser"Dr. Tim" Lautzenheiser is a widely known motivational speaker on music and music education. He is a teacher, clinician, author, composer, and conductor. In this short video, he discusses the role of the music educator in teaching concert etiquette.   
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