How to make a living as an artist? How to survive as an arts organisation?

As we continue struggle out of the crisis, we must give ourselves a chance; not for survival, but for success.  

To start with, let's reassess our professional strategies and business models. How do we use our potential and our resources? How do we contribute to the sustainability of the environment we work and live in? What does sustainability in the arts mean and how to achieve it? And what role can the arts play in that wider issue: helping to save the planet, the environment we live and work in?

"What does the deregulated, privatized economy possibly have to offer artists? For anyone who believes artistic representation preserves, or should preserve, an impulse for freedom and a degree of social dissent, the very possibility of a détente between artists and neoliberalism must be greeted with alarm.
From the workshop Production Houses vs Compagnies – IETM Budapest – Friday 6 nov. 2015
Ook in de cultuursector blijft ‘duurzaamheid’ een woord dat velen vaker bepleiten dan echt belijden. Mochten we dat discours nu eens hard maken met een fair practice-label voor duurzame cultuurorganisaties, op basis van hun eerlijke arbeidsvoorwaarden voor losse kunstenaars? En niet van bovenuit, maar van onderop. Het is trouwens al bezig: internationaal, maar ook in België. Voor je het weet, komt er een vakbond van kunstenaars van … image© Vincent Lynen
"An art career is always an investment, and a risky one at best. That being said, understanding the art industry and being able to build a clear intelligent plan is going to move mountains for the financial results of your practice. Career planning isn't just for CEOs and suits."
Emma Wilson
At the end of the third year of the partnership between Arts Council England and Julie's Bicycle, this report presents the results of environmental reporting and shows how the arts and culture sector is increasingly choosing to take positive action.
Live and recorded screenings have the potential to develop and serve new audiences for small-scale theatre companies, as well as generate income, report concludes.
How can arts and cultural organizations increase their own income or resources to develop a more sustainable practice without compromising their vision, mission and not-for-profit values?
A guide to building a balanced, sustainable artistic life. Don't starve. Make art.
Nearly 60% of theatre and dance organisations claim to have benefited financially from being more environmentally friendly, according to a new survey.
Ah, “sustainable.” It is a buzzword of the moment, showing up in discussions ranging from the environment, manufacturing, agriculture… even the arts. Of course, everyone wants to be sustainable, thinking that they, their product, or their service will stand the test of time and last forever. I’d like this willful misuse of the term to stop—particularly among arts organizations.