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Jul 8

Other people's money!

by Anonymous  | 1 comment

Being an artist and running a business, although not necessarily seen this way, are very similar. They say that the hardest part is coming up with a good idea. The 2nd hardest part is finding the money. In business it is extremely common to tap every resource you have to try and scrape together that initial bit of money. Credit cards, selling your mom's jewelry, bank loans, friends and family, partners, VC......anything. Most of the time, the money comes in based on either a business plan, a passionate presentation, or a working model. Where am I going with this?
Basically what I am getting at is the same money exists for artists. Yes, there are government grants, and educational grants. But to me it seems like some big companies are really getting on board with spreading creativity these days. I know through our friends at Holiday Matinee that Ford is working really hard with their Fiesta Program to inspire creativity all over the US.
So check this out! AOL is looking for 25 creative thinkers. In collaboration with Chuck Close (see frontpage) they are awarding twenty-five, $25,000 grants to tomorrow's ground breakers and visionaries - individuals with a creative spark to ignite. 25 for 25 is a call to journalists, artists and innovators who believe in the power of ideas. Keep reading here
Other people's money! There are plenty of individuals, companies and organizations out there with lots of money, and not half the talent that you have. They need you. So go get some of their money! WOW, did I just make it seem really easy? Sorry, I didn't mean to.
Some of the artists AOL is working with are mentioned here.


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