Register Now | Online Course: Build and Develop Your Fundraising Strategies
A deep dive into proposal writing, developing your networks, and individual giving this September and October via Zoom.
Interested in upping your fundraising game this fall? Join New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and Asylum Arts as we offer an online course on developing and building fundraising strategies for your career and art practice. The course, which will provide deep-dives into proposal writing, developing your networks, and individual giving, is designed for artists of all disciplines and will be accessible anywhere you have internet access through Zoom. It will be taught by Rebecca Guber, Founder and Director of Asylum Arts.
The September and October course will focus on two topics: “Proposal Writing: How to Work Smarter, Not Harder, On Getting What You Want” and “Developing Your Networks and Individual Fundraising.” Each topic is comprised of a webinar and an interactive workshop, and artists can register for one or both depending on their individual needs. In order to provide personalized feedback, interactive workshops will be capped at 25 participants; those registering for an interactive workshop must first take the webinar on that topic.
- $25 for one webinar
- $75 for one webinar and the corresponding interactive workshop
- $125 for the full course of two webinars and two interactive workshops
Guber, who brings 20 years of expertise in the art world to the course, has been called a “kind, knowledgeable presenter” and her previous proposal writing workshop was reviewed as a “lively, informative overview” by participant Laura Maria Censabella. “Even after being in the ‘business’ for a while, I learned some things I can be doing better,” said Censabella.
Read on for more details on each and how to register.
Proposal Writing: How to Work Smarter, Not Harder, On Getting What You Want
Webinar: Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Interactive Workshop: Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Many opportunities for artists require written proposals, which can seem like a skill far away from your artistic process. This topic is geared towards individual artists seeking grant or residency program opportunities or who are looking to pitch projects via written materials.
The September 23 webinar will cover:
- How to present your best self and work in written proposals.
- Different types of proposals that artists may encounter.
- Common elements of a proposal and best practices.
- How to be most efficient with your research and proposal writing.
- What happens during the review process.
The September 30 interactive workshop will provide:
- In-depth explanation of the different types of project budgets.
- How to use budgets to tell the story of your project.
- Pitfalls and challenges of budgets.
- Key aspects of strong artist statements.
- Feedback on your artist statement.
Developing Your Networks and Individual Fundraising
Webinar: Wednesday, October 21, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Interactive Workshop: Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
This topic is for individual artists and those who run companies/organizations who would like to incorporate individual giving into their fundraising model, and better activate and cultivate their existing networks.
The October 21 webinar will cover:
- Fundamentals of individual giving.
- Why people give.
- Cultivation and relationship-building techniques.
- How to ask for money.
- How artists can leverage their networks to increase support for their work.
The October 28 interactive workshop will provide:
- An in-depth look into the topics covered in the October 21 webinar.
- Ways to identify your existing network and opportunities for growth.
- Tips for speaking compellingly about your creative projects as a way to gain support.
- Role-play and practice asking for funding
Interested in taking the full course?
Rebecca Guber is the Director and Founder of Asylum Arts, a global network of over 600 emerging Jewish artists. She was previously the founder and Director of the Six Points Fellowship. Guber has built a community of artists exploring Jewish ideas and identity through fellowship commissions for new work, grants, international retreats, and professional development. Over the last 12 years, her projects have been the largest direct funder of emerging Jewish artists, distributing over 1.5 million dollars for new projects. Artists supported through her efforts have produced readings, workshops, and performances and have been featured in hundreds of articles and blog posts, including major press, radio, and national TV. Guber has also worked at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and founded the Shpatzirin Festival. She has reviewed many thousands of proposals over her 20 years in the art world and has facilitated many review panels. Guber hates jargon, and loves proposals that are unusual, interesting, and paint a clear picture.
Questions? Email [email protected].
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Image: NYFA Online Learning: Proposal Writing: How to Work Smarter, Not Harder, on Getting What You Want!, September 2019, Courtesy NYFA