Art & Commerce

For the issue of Art & Commerce, MADE HERE explores the efforts of performing artists to maintain their creative identity while moving between performance arenas within New York City, adapting their craft to different media, and working with varied institutions. The artists in these episodes strive to balance their creative freedom while making a living and paying

the bills.


The three episodes are: Uptown/Downtown, Stage & Screen, and Institutions. 

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episode 1: Uptown/Downtown

What is the real difference between Uptown and Downtown? There are aesthetic and financial differences that create a separation between Uptown and Downtown in NYC, yet many artists move comfortably within both arenas. And do the distinctions matter if both scenes are fostering exciting, unique artwork? 

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If It's Broke, We Should Probably Fix It: The Nonprofit Model and the Arts

An examination of nonprofit system and its flaws filtered through the lens of the book The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex.

Nation’s First School of Philanthropy Gets Approval

Indiana University has received approval to establish a School of Philanthropy, what is believed to be the world’s first school dedicated to the study and teaching of philanthropy.

Daisy Eagan - Tweeting and Singing

An interview with the youngest Tony-winner ever, Daisy Eagan, which addresses the jobs she took in order to get by.

Is YouTube the New Tin Pan Alley?

Huffington Post blog post on the next gender of musical theater talent finding their start on YouTube.

Are nonprofit theaters too closely tied to commercial producers?

An article on the connection between nonprofit theater and Broadway.

Should nonprofit arts orgs be using dynamic pricing?

Theater critic Chris Jones discusses dynamic pricing.

The Improbable Rise of NPR Music

Wall Street Journal article on the rise NPR showcasing and promoting emerging musicians.

The No-Limits Job

New York Times article on the disappear on the traditional entry-level job and the rise of internships.

THEATER; For Profit or Not, It's All Showbiz

John Rockwell, former New York Times editor for Sunday Arts and Leisure on hybrid producing models for Broadway.

Giving Credit, but Is It Due?

A New York Times article about the ethics of unpaid internships.

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New York Foundation for the Arts

NYFA’s site offers access to a comprehensive list of financial, educational, technological, and institutional resources for artists.


Linkedin is a networking site for professionals to connect with their network and view potential jobs.

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center maintains a comprehensive database on U.S. and global grantmakers and their grants.

National Endowment for the Arts

An independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for arts and culture.

Creative Capital

National nonprofit organization that supports artists across disciplines with financial and advisory support.

United States Artists

An independent nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work of American artists by awarding grants and allowing artists to post projects and finance them through crowdfunding.

New York State Council on the Arts

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LinkedIn Board Connect: Helping Nonprofits Find Board Members on LinkedIn

How LinkIn Board Connect can help nonprofit leaders find professionals for their boards.

How to Raise Funds for Your Socially Engaged Project

A guide to procuring funding for your projects.

9 Ways Board Members Can Raise Money Without Fundraising

Blog post to advise nonprofit members on techniques to raise funds.

Where Good Ideas Go to Die (And How to Rescue Them!)

An article about how to prevent nonprofits from stifling your creativity and ideas.

Researchers: movie studios sold more after Megaupload was shut down

Study on how Internet piracy hurts the film industry.

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