Resources for Creative Individuals and Businesses

There is a myriad of resources available for creative individuals and businesses in all the creative disciplines. The following list is a sampling of those recommended to or found useful by The Art Alliance. If you have an additional recommendations, please forward it to info@A3Arts.org.

RegionWebsiteResourceAbout
Nationalwww.aam-us.orgAmerican Alliance of Museums The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to champion museums and nurture excellence in partnership with our members and allies. From art museums to science centers, arboretums to zoos, members of the diverse museum community share something in common—strong support, standards of excellence, knowledge sharing and professional networks provided by the American Alliance of Museums.
Nationalhttp://www.afpnet.org American Fundraising ProfessionalsSince 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.
SE MIhttps://community.afpnet.org/afpmigreaterdetroitchapter/home American Fundraising Professionals, Greater Detroit Chapter MIAFP Greater Detroit, seeks to foster the professional development and growth of fundraising professionals, to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism and to promote the highest ethical standards in the fundraising profession worldwide. AFP Greater Detroit believes that diversity and inclusion create a strong, vital and unified force for the effective pursuit of an organization's mission and achieving philanthropic success. Through it's educational programs, AFP Greater Detroit acts as a resource to fundraising and nonprofit professionals throughout Southeastern Michigan. AFP Greater Detroit offers the best networking opportunities, an unwavering commitment to the highest ethical standards and the most exciting and cutting edge educational and professional advancement opportunities.
Nationalhttps://www.aia.org American Institute of ArchitectsWe advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work.
Nationalhttps://www.asid.orgAmerican Society of Interior DesignOur work drives positive change through the power of design. We collaborate with others to promote the value of interior design. We prepare our members to excel in a dynamic and evolving profession. We generate, collect and disseminate applied knowledge. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.
Nationalwww.symphony.orgAmerican Symphony Orchestra LeagueThe American Symphony Orchestra League provides leadership and service to American orchestras while communicating to the public the value and importance of orchestras and the music they perform.
Nationalwww.artsusa.orgAmericans for the ArtsAmericans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. With more than 40 years of service, we are dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. National service organizations for local and independent arts organizations Research Economic Impact Studies and training.
Washtenaw Countyhttps://annarborarea.score.org Ann Arbor SCOREAnn Arbor SCORE was founded in 2000 as Chapter 655. We are an active chapter and have more than 20 volunteer professionals. The counselors of Ann Arbor SCORE are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help potential and existing small business owners achieve success. Client service is the objective of Ann Arbor SCORE and our volunteer business counselors are dedicated to providing the best possible service. Face-to-face or online, the counselors of Ann Arbor SCORE are able and willing to aid in the success of small business. SCORE counselors provide you with in-depth, industry-specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability.
Nationalhttp://www.arthouseconvergence.org Arthouse Convergence, TheThe Arthouse Convergence strives to reflect its core intention: to support community-based, mission-driven independent film and independent film exhibition arthouses in all its programs, seminars and conference.The idea of the Art House Convergence was born when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project. For two years, this small group of exhibitors met at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss independent film and independent film exhibition. In 2008, the group expanded and hosted the first Art House Convergence conference in Salt Lake City, UT, with 25 attendees. Over the next several years, the conference attendance grew dramatically and it moved to the Zermatt & Homestead Resorts in Midway, UT. By 2018, the conference attendance reached 650, including several international art houses.  The Art House Convergence, having grown into a year-round organization, relies on several staff members and a huge number of volunteers to coordinate and plan all the events and programs. The organization is based out of and staffed by its founding institution, the Michigan Theater Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI.
Nationalhttp://www.arts5.comArts 5Free access to a complete guide of art related links. Search by country or region to find art and artist links. Find links to performing arts, art events and employment websites.
Washtenaw Countywww.a3arts.orgArts Alliance, TheThe Arts Alliance’s mission is to champion the arts & creative industries in Washtenaw County, MI—arts and creative individuals, organizations and businesses—to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit. The intrinsic value of the arts and creativity is and always will be foremost in our efforts. We work as diligently to demonstrate economic and educational value, the interconnectivity of the creative sector to all other sectors and the depth of skills and variety of career paths available to a creative person.
Nationalwww.artspresenters.orgAssociation of Performing Arts Presenters The Association of Performing Arts Professionals is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it. §  APAP hosts the annual APAP|NYC conference - the world's leading convening for the performing arts industry. §  APAP is the industry's leading community for networking and knowledge. §  APAP is the industry's leading community for networking and knowledge. §  APAP strengthens and advances your career and the field through professional development, resource sharing, advocacy and civic engagement.
Nationalwww.give.orgBetter Business Bureau Wise Giving AllianceBBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy.
Nationalwww.boardsource.orgBoard SourceBoardSource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Nationalwww.philanthropy.comChronicle of Philanthropy, TheThe Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It is the No. 1 news source, in print and online, for charity leaders, fund raisers, grant makers and other people involved in the philanthropic enterprise.
Michiganhttp://www.creativemany.orgCreative Many MichiganCreative Many Michigan is a statewide organization that develops creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan through research, advocacy, professional practice and communications.
Nationalwww.danceusa.org Dance USAEstablished in 1982 as the national service organization for the professional dance field, Dance/USA is a membership organization currently serving nearly 500 aerial, ballet, contemporary, modern, culturally specific, jazz and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, individuals and related organizations. Dance/USA occupies a unique position in the field as the only national service organization dedicated to serving a broad cross-section of professional dance.
Nationalhttp://culturaldata.orgData ArtsDataArts, formerly the Cultural Data Project, was founded to bring the language and leverage of data to the business of culture. The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts seeks to be a catalyst for data-informed decision-making. DataArts empowers the nonprofit arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance and public impact. It accomplishes this mission in three ways: 1)Equipping arts and cultural organizations to collect, learn from and use data effectively; 2) Building critical infrastructure for the sector as a trusted source of high-quality data that advances cultural initiatives; and 3) Creating a national partnership and platform for cultural data, dedicated to collective learning, leadership and action.
Nationalhttps://www.drucker.instituteDrucker Institute, TheA social enterprise whose purpose is strengthening organizations to strengthening society. Out of the Drucker Archives thus grew the Drucker Institute. Today, all of our work is built on a foundation of YESTERDAY/TODAY/MONDAY* “Yesterday” refers to the fact that our work is grounded in Peter Drucker’s timeless wisdom. “Today” speaks to the urgency that we know organizational leaders feel to successfully meet their greatest challenges and opportunities. And “Monday” points to our proven ability to help executives move quickly from ideas to action to results, just as Drucker urged his own consulting clients: “Don’t tell me you had a wonderful meeting with me. Tell me what you’re going to do on Monday that’s different.”
Nationalhttps://fiscalsponsordirectory.orgFiscal Sponsor DirectoryFiscalsponsordirectory.org  was produced and is maintained by San Francisco Study Center Inc., tax-exempt since 1972, a fiscal sponsor since 1975. Study Center is a member of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors that is helping to professionalize the field by providing assistance to sponsors and projects alike, improve financial management and spark organizational development throughout the nonprofit sector. Study Center has been publisher of Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right from its first edition in 1993 to the second edition in 2005 and a Kindle version in 2015.
Nationalhttp://foundationcenter.org Foundation Center, TheAn innovative nonprofit that gathers and analyzes data, shares it worldwide and empowers people like you to understand and increase philanthropy’s ability to improve the world. 1. Collect, organize and communicate information on U.S. philanthropy.
2. Conduct and facilitate research on trends in the field.
3. Provide education and training on the grantseeking process.
4. Ensure public access to information and services through our Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers and a national
network of Cooperating Collections.
5. Foundation Finder
6. 990 Finder
7. Grant seeker Training
Nationalhttps://www.fracturedatlas.org/ Fractured AtlasFractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.
Nationalwww.tgci.com Grantsmanship Center, TheTGCI was founded in 1972 to offer grantsmanship training and low-cost publications to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Today TGCI conducts some 200 workshops annually in grantsmanship, enterprise development and fundraising. TGCI is also active in publishing. The Grantsmanship Center Magazine is mailed to the staff of 200,000 nonprofit and government agencies in the U.S. and 58 other countries.
Nationalwww.GrantStation.com GrantStationGrantStation.com, Inc. , a membership-based organization, offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.
Nationalwww.guidestar.orgGuidestarGuideStar is the leader in providing comprehensive data on more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, connecting them with donors, foundations, businesses and governing agencies in a nationwide community of giving.
Nationalhttps://independentsector.orgIndependent SectorI ndependent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations and corporations to advance the common good. The charitable sector provides millions of people with powerful, independent and voluntary methods for addressing the issues and expressing the values most important to them.
Nationalhttps://www.imls.govInstitute for Museum and Library ServicesThe Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent Federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities.
- IMLS Vision - A nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.
- IMLS Mission - The mission of IMLS is to advance, support and empower America’s museums, libraries and related organizations through grantmaking, research and policy development.
Nationalhttps://www.joangarry.comJoan Garry ConsultingJoan Garry began her career in 1981 as part of the management team that launched MTV. She followed this successful eight-year tenure with another successful run as an executive at Showtime Networks. Then, in 1997 while either having a midlife crisis or avoiding one, Garry was named the executive director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the U.S. She joined GLAAD to find an organization in deep financial crisis (18 staff and yes, $360 in the bank), led it out of the depths to a place of prominence focusing on the power of the media to change hearts and minds.
She brings all of this experience to her work as the Principal of Joan Garry Consulting, a boutique firm that helps nonprofits across a wide variety of sectors to untangle strategic knots enabling them to have a clearer path in pursuit of their missions.
Her blog for board and staff leaders of nonprofits reaches 100,000 unique leaders monthly from over 150 countries and her podcast Nonprofits Are Messy is frequently the #1 nonprofit / government podcast on iTunes. Lastly, she is the founder of The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, a monthly online membership site for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits who can afford neither coaching nor consulting. Through a vast array of content and a community moderated by experts, Joan is reaching over 2,000 board and staff leaders worldwide.
Michiganhttp://www.creativemany.org/programs/lawyers-for-the-creative-economy Lawyers for the Creative EconomyLCE works with creatives and volunteer attorneys to handle a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:LCE works with creatives and volunteer attorneys to handle a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:
- Contracts
- Intellectual Property
- Lease agreements
- Bankruptcy
- Real Estate/Landlord Tenant
- Insurance
- Tax
- Labor Relations
- …and more!
Michiganhttps://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#mcaca-grants Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) coordinates grants to arts and culture organizations, cities and municipalities and other nonprofit organizations to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan.
Michiganhttps://www.michiganbusiness.orgMichigan Economic Development CorporationFind out what global manufacturers, tech start-ups and entrepreneurial innovators already know: Michigan is committed to your business success. With a top ranked business climate, six percent corporate tax and vast resources to support economic success, Michigan is Pure Business.
Michiganhttps://mnaonline.org Michigan Nonprofit AssociationIncorporated in 1990, MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through civic engagement, capacity-building, data and technology, training and advocacy. MNA manages multiple programs and affiliates including MNA Technology Services, Michigan Campus Compact and is a sponsoring organization for AmeriCorps VISTA. Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax exempt organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may join as affiliate members.
Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties in Michiganhttps://www.mwse.org Michigan Works! Southeast Our vision is a community which fosters and sustains a strong, diverse economy where people can live, work and prosper.
- Partnerships - We convene partners strategically to better meet the needs, leverage resources and more efficiently deliver workforce services to the community.
- Responsiveness to Employer Needs - We promote a demand-driven system that anticipates and responds to employer needs.
- Service with Respect - We serve jobseekers with integrity and dignity by delivering services with respect for cultural diversity, fairness and differences of opinion.
- Education - We value the importance of the education continuum of the K-12, postsecondary and lifelong learning, leading to the development of a sustainable workforce.
- Innovative Leadership - We foster innovation to maximize the economic impact of workforce funding and resources.
- Continuous Improvement and Accountability - We evaluate services and programs based on the meeting or exceeding customer satisfaction, tracking performance to core metrics and implementing continuous improvement processes to ensure a sound return-on-investment of taxpayer dollars.
Nationalhttps://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NADAC National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture The National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC) is a repository that facilitates research on arts and culture by acquiring data, particularly those funded by federal agencies and other organizations and sharing those data with researchers, policymakers, people in the arts and culture field and the general public.
Nationalhttps://namp.americansforthearts.orgNational Arts Marketing ProjectThe National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP), a program of Americans for the Arts , is dedicated to serving arts professionals and artists who seek to market the arts, engage audiences and serve their communities. We believe the arts have the power to transform individuals, organizations and communities and we have seen that power at work across America. When arts professionals and artists are afforded the necessary skills to effectively market the arts and engage audiences, they have greater opportunities to not only strengthen their fiscal health and sustainability, but also create lasting impact in their communities. NAMP serves a broad group of arts professionals and individual artists of various skill levels who work to promote the arts as a vital part of both an enriched, healthy life and a strong community.
Nationalwww.arts.govNational Endowment for the ArtsThe National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities and military bases.
Michiganwww.new.orgNEW CenterNEW’s Mission: We improve the impact and performance of fellow nonprofits by working alongside leaders to create high-quality strategic solutions that advance their missions in our communities. Since 1993, NEW has been helping nonprofits succeed by strengthening management and offering solutions to issues facing the nonprofit community. Today NEW and its partners provide educational, consultative and technological solutions to nonprofits across southeast Michigan and beyond.
Nationalhttp://nonprofitaf.com Nonprofit AFVu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces and the executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.
Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com, formerly nonprofitwithballs.com.
Nationalwww.operaam.orgOpera AmericaOPERA America - the nonprofit service organization for opera - leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.
Nationalwww.rand.orgRand Corporation, TheThe RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND is dedicated to furthering and promoting scientific, educational and charitable purposes for the public welfare and security of the United States by uniquely blending scrupulous nonpartisanship with rigorous, fact-based analysis to tackle society's most pressing problems.
Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties in Michiganhttps://sbdcmichigan.org/greater-washtenaw-region Small Business Development Center – Region 9The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. The Region 9 office service Michigan Region 9: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw.
Nationalhttp://sustainarts.org Sustain ArtsSustain Arts is an unprecedented effort to connect knowledge and networks, building the collective capacity of art and culture in America, one region at a time. A project of the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University, in partnership with the Foundation Center and Fractured Atlas, Sustain Arts equips communities with meaningful data that answers critical questions like:
- Where are arts and cultural organizations located?
- Who participates?
- Where does funding come from?
- How do organizations maintain relevancy over time?
Program leaders, artists, private foundations, public agencies and others access this data through the Sustain Arts platform. By combining innovative technology and on-the-ground capacity building, the project arms stakeholders with resources that assist in data-driven decision-making, strategic collaborations and broad community engagement.
Sustain Arts is grounded in a belief that a healthy creative sector is essential to any vibrant community. Beginning in Southeast Michigan and the Bay Area, the project will engage a total of six regions over the next three years, laying the groundwork for regional and national policy conversations.
Nationalwww.tcg.org Theater Communications GroupTheatre Communications Group is the national organization for the American theatre, offers a wide array of services in line with its mission: to strengthen, nurture and promote the professional not-for-profit American theatre.
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