Creative Capital’s unique model is based on the core principle that time and advisory services are as crucial to success as funding. We provide each awardee with a flexible, individualized program of advisory support and partner with them to determine how funding and services can best work in concert to help them achieve their goals.
We encourage the development of our awardees’ projects and their professional skills through consultations with Artist Services staff; Artist Retreats and convenings; coaching; promotional support; phone-in clinics for legal, PR, financial planning, business planning; web and technology advice; and partnerships that provide access to crowdfunding platforms and fiscal sponsorship.
We provide awardees with direct financial support at benchmark moments, including: initial funding; support to build the artist’s personal and professional capacity; follow-up support for project production; funding for the project’s premiere; and support for the project’s expansion beyond its premiere presentation.
The Artist Retreat is the only multi-disciplinary convening in the field. The Retreat offers our awardees important networking and collaboration-building opportunities and connects artists to presenters and producers who can help bring their works to the public.
Below, find a video on the 2013 Retreat in Williamstown, MA. It was our largest convening to date, bringing together 350 artists, arts professionals and arts advocates. This four-day event included presentations by 86 artists on their works-in-progress, consultations and networking events, and focus sessions on key issues in the field. Peter Sillen (2005 Film/Video awardee) and C41 Media interviewed Creative Capital staff, artists, consultants and supporters at the Retreat to learn more about the transformative experience of the Retreat.
Our grantees can request consultations with a variety of professional consultants, including:
• Legal Planning: Lisa Digernes, Associate, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
• Financial Planning: Jerry Barbalatt, President, Parker Allen & Company, Inc.
• Public Relations: Carla Sacks and Krista Williams, Sacks & Co
• Business Planning: Harvard Business School Arts Society
ALUMNI LOAN FUND
Creative Capital's Alumni Loan Fund offers short-term loans to past Creative Capital grantees who are developing a new project. The Loan Fund is supported by the Estate of Theo Westenberger and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is administered by Education Affiliates Federal Credit Union.
Creative Capital’s Kickstarter page features our grantees’ current and past crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter. We also partnered with IndieGoGo to provide our artists with additional platforms to create online fundraising campaigns.
Services & Networks
We provide our grantees with memberships for Fractured Atlas, an artist organization that offers access to fiscal sponsorship and health and liability insurance, and the Alliance of Artist Communities, which provides a free directory of artists' residencies around the world.
Created in partnership with ARTBOOK/Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P), our online bookstore ARTBOOK & Creative Capital features books about Creative Capital grantees. Visitors receive a 25% discount and free shipping, and Creative Capital receives a small percentage of the income from book sales.