Artist Resources - some free, some for a fee

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A & R Online
A & R Online calls itself the professional music industry tip sheet. Their claim is that they deal with major and independent record labels on a daily basis, connecting them directly with artists on a "street level." Tons of tips, including pointers on how to get record labels coming after you, instead of chasing them yourself.

Actipedia is an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism. It’s a place to read about, comment upon, and share experiences and examples of how activists and artists are using creative tactics and strategies to challenge power and offer visions of a better society.

Adobe Museum of Digital Media

The Arab Cinema Directory
Cinema auteurs and people working in film in the Arab world.

Art & Education Papers archive, a new global platform for sharing and distributing research and knowledge in the field of contemporary art.

Art Business
Articles for Artists: Resources to Present, Promote, Market Your Art

Art Exchange
An online Texas, USA-based service for artists and buyers of art. Helps to sell art through listings, advertisings, e-marketing. Features a "search engine that allows you to easily retrieve available pieces by artist name, title, subject matter, style, medium, sizes, colors, keywords and budget."

Art Fair Info

Online artist networking.

Artforum’s free directory to the international art world, listing art fairs, auctions, and current gallery and museum shows in more than 400 cities

Art in Context
From their website: "The library's Art in Context web site provides free public access to information that is added by curators, dealers, artists, writers and others from around the world. On the Web since 1995, now serving over 700,000 images per month and viewed by over 50,000,000 visitors, Art in Context is in the top 1% of the most linked-to sites on the Internet."

Art Info

Art Is Moving!

Artists United for Health Care
Health care reform website. The website's goal is to enable artists to get directly involved in advocating for meaningful and real reform through sending letters to their Congressional representatives and by joining with other participating organizations who are working hard to effect change.

Artists-in-Residence, CH
network of residency programs
Pelzgasse 26
Aarau 5000

From their website: "Established in 1995, artline®, a content and portal site, is the premier guide to fine art. Collectors, curators, and art historians interact with dealers and artists and benefit from the dealer’s knowledge, expertise, and their complete inventories."

Worldwide gallery listings, auctions, price database, market trends, online magazine

Gallery listings, mainly in Europe, a few in the USA.

Art schools and colleges in the USA and worldwide

Artslynx' mission is to provide direction to the best arts resources they can find on the internet. They offer links to theatre, dance, music, and much more.

Arts Net
A resource for artists, collectors and curators, will archive each group of work and over time create a critical mass of reviewed art, critically vetted by the people who are promoting, curating and showing contemporary art in today's market. The site will feature this growing collection alongside the reviews from art world professionals plus blog entries, comments from the artists selected, a featured artists section and information not only about how art world professionals view and consider new art but more importantly how artists can access this challenging and sometimes exclusive world.

Art World Dealers: The Leading Art and Antique Dealers of the World
From their catalog, which can also be accessed online: "Our aim is to inform those who are interested and involved in the world of art and antiques about the activities and specialities of more than 350 dealers from 15 countries." Countries include Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.

The Art World Demystified
Brainard Carey, Co-founder and Director of The Artworld Demystified, has been advising artists on all matters related to business, marketing and exhibitions for over 20 years.

Bambi Foundation

The British Library's Humanities resources for research: Art websites - Architecture to Exhibition Venues:

*** Calendar of Biennials ***
Dates, curators, contacts of 20 biennials and triennials:

California, USA State Librarian's Internet Index

CARD Association of Curators and Artists
Sinkulova 14
147 00 Prague 4
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 731 571 153
Over 100 individuals and 40 institutions listed.
Summary also in French, Spanish and German language.
The Exhibitions on Tour International Database (ETID) is an online database of art exhibitions available for travelling on loan to other exhibition spaces. The database can be used to find new interesting projects for your exhibition programme or to find additional venues for your exhibition. ETID aims to provide an informational forum for progressive institutions with long-term, high-quality exhibition programmes. The database is also open to interdisciplinary and experimental projects. We offer free listings for projects curated by independent curators, organized by emerging organizations, or selected by the ETID team.

Stay free on the couches of fellow travelers all over the world.

Creative Divergents
Show your art online, competitions

Creative Time Reports
Artists' analysis of timely issues from across the globe.

Aims to support filmmakers by connecting them with valuable opportunities. Lets filmmakers produce commercials for companies and distribute them through video sharing websites like YouTube, AOL and MySpace. You get paid for every view, click and/or sale that your video produces.

Curating YouTube
YouTube based video exhibits

Curators’ Network
An online platform where emerging European cultural agents can connect and collaborate

Show your art online.

An electronic information service distributing world- wide selected information related to contemporary visual arts. Our aim is to provide our +50.000 world-wide readers with interesting and relevant information. Each submitted announcement is carefully considered regarding artistic quality, relevance and CONTENT. We welcome artists, free-lance curators, all kinds of art institutions (museums, art centers, art schools), magazines, non-profit organizations as well as commercial galleries to use our service in order to announce, report, criticize and initiate new projects.

European Festivals

Explore Talent
Online auditions & jobs for actors, models, musicians, dancers (club & gogo), and crew; entertainer-based.

Film Independent
Digital Toolbox for Filmmakers

Fine Art Forum Resource Directory - on Museums and Art History:

Fine Art Views Newsletter
Art Marketing Ideas and Straight Talk about Selling Art, Marketing, Inspiration & Fine Living
"Created by musicians, for musicians, is here to help you advance your music career," says their website. You can submit songs to their ongoing contests, get written feedback on the songs you've written, get listenener ratings, and possibly get the exposure you need to "get discovered" by a major label.
"A place where aspiring artists of all kinds could find, in one convenient location, all the necessary tools needed for musical success." (from their site) There's a great collection of articles on music promotion, getting signed, music law, getting gigs and managing bands, as well as discounts on some really useful informational resources that they offer, discussion forums, and classified ads. Any musician could benefit from browsing through.

Grackle is an online database of exhibitions available for tour. Curators may search the database for exhibitions by available floorspace, dates of availability, price, and most recent posts. Searching the database is free. To add an exhibition to the database, curators may purchase an annual membership that allows for multiple posts, or pay for a single post. Educational and non-profit institutions may receive discounts. Grackle provides a password-accessed template that facilitates quick uploading of images and relevant information about exhibitions. Curators can access their posts at any time to edit or add material. Additionally, they may e-mail posts as links to colleagues. Every month the Grackle team selects an artist to feature independent of the exhibitions on the database. A work by the featured artist appears on Grackle’s homepage. For more information about Grackle, please visit or contact Regine Basha or Christopher K. Ho at

Software and workshops and more for artists.

Help 2 Succeed
A plethora of information and links to help you succeed in making a living in the fine arts.

IACCCA - International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art

IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art
c/o Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Städtle 32, P.O. Box 370
FL-9490 Vaduz

Independent Collectors
The first online community specifically targeted at collectors of contemporary art.

Independent Media Center
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.

Index Art Services
Administrative Services for Artists, Organizations, & Individuals
Index Art Services (IAS) is an online resource that provides artists with services and information to present their works to the public. Specializing in a variety of services including fundraising, business writing, marketing, design, and general administration, IAS assists artist in professionalizing their creative practice. IAS equips artists with the necessary tools to apply for grants, submit exhibition proposals, market exhibitions and performances, digitize their portfolio and contacts, and apply for jobs, fellowships, and residencies. IAS provides artists with professional tools to increase visibility, expand public dialogue and leverage financial support for their creative practices.

Invent Now
Resource for inventors, with workshops, programs, and more

The Joy of Shards
From their site, their "aim is to share an enthusiasm for mosaic art and provide a high quality, extensive online resource where visitors can learn about mosaic making and study examples in a wide range of styles and materials. There is also information on related aspects of tiles, ceramics and tessellations." Check out their excellent collection of mosaic galleries from locations all over the world.

Just Plain Folks
Just Plain Folks is meant to be a way to make music community around the world, as well as help musicians in any way possible. They have chapters across the USA, members around the world, and conduct live music events where they have chapters. Featuring a fantastic set of advice forums, this is what they say about the site: "We are a community of over 40,000 Songwriters, Recording Artists, Music Publishers, Record Labels, Performing Arts Societies, Educational Institutions, Recording Studios and Engineers, Producers, Legal Professionals, Publicists and Journalists, Publications, Music Manufacturers and Retailers and about every other type of member of the Music Industry. We are glad to have you with us, and our motto is...We're all in this together!"

Kadmus Arts
Connect to festivals all over the world.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
t 1-888-490-3530
Conducts monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis.
Linkism is an online art directory which also offers online promotional tools for artists. Their goal is "to become the most popular, useful and easy to navigate directory of art on the Internet." Developed by and for artists, Linkism provides links to art and artists in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Their categories include listings for visual and fine arts, sculpture, graphic design, digital arts, illustration, photography, and body art (including tattoos, body piercing, and body painting); artists creating all of the above; and art galleries and museums, online galleries, resources and portfolios, equipment, art news, competitions, publications, educational information, criticism, and more.

Musician's Assistance
Claims to feature:
1. All the information you need to put out and properly promote your own records.
2. All the information you need to book your own tours.
3. Record label, promoter, venue, and press contacts.
4. CD Manufacturers, Music Stores, Distributors (including Regional, National, International and Mail-Order), Independent and Major Labels --- all contained in huge databases- sorted by state and country.

"MusicMoz is a comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers. We list, and accept submissions of, music-related reviews, articles, factual information, biographies, and websites" (from their website). Kind of like a Wikipedia for music and musicians, which also includes music business resource information, computers, sound files, and other resources. You can really find a lot of information here.

Open Mikes: By Musicians, For Musicians
An excellent way to find open-mike performance spaces in the USA and Canada.

The Pauper
The Pauper calls itself "Internet for the Starving Artist," and "is a web portal for starving artists to promote and sell their work, network with others, and get the resources they need to succeed."

Online photography gallery - for established photographers.

Social media network that welcomes anyone with a professional or personal interest in sound and sound recording.

post, a participatory digital platform for global research
post is a site for encounters between the established and the experimental, the historical and the emerging, the local and the global, the scholarly and the artistic, the formal and the informal. Adapting the attributes of an online journal, archive, exhibition space, and social-networking platform, post uses the non-hierarchical characteristics of the Web to spark in-depth explorations of the ways in which modernism is being redefined, and to link those topics to the ways in which artists and institutions are working today.

Printed Matter
Printed Matter, Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to publications made by artists. Recognized for years as an essential voice in increasingly diversified artworld conversations and debates, Printed Matter is dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists’ publications in the landscape of contemporary art.
195 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011
T: 212 925 0325
F: 212 925 0464

Radio Submit
Wimberley Texas & Moab Utah
Free broadcast quality music download service for Radio Stations and DJ's.

Recycle Match
2421 Tangley Drive, Ste. 106
Houston, Texas 77005
RecycleMatch is an Online Market for Transforming Commercial Waste Into Value. Our web based marketplace provides a solution to reduce costs and environmental impact by converting waste streams from one company into useful materials for another company. By uncovering hidden value, RecycleMatch creates new cost savings and potential revenues for all parties while enabling supply chain solutions that can benefit the environment and your sustainability initiatives.

Res Artis
Keizersgrcht 462 sous
1016 GE Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0) 20 612 6600
Artist residency network. From their website, "Res Artis is the largest existing network of artist residency programmes, representing the interests of more than 200 centers and organisations in 50 countries worldwide that offer to international artists facilities and conditions conducive for making art. Currently members of Res Artis reside in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Roumania, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA."

Provides art contest information, art news, art gallery and artist biography.

A non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.

Sound Implant
Sound Implant is a LABOR for research & creation in the field of acoustic - electronic music, sound design and generative - interactive art in general. It offers SONIC SOLUTIONS for every kind of expression that needs a musical complement like dance, sound installations, cinema, theatre or internet. Sound Implant is also a web based RECORD LABEL & a place for anyone who wants to exchange informations and ideas about these topics.

Tibet Art
Database of Tibetan art holdings in public and private collections, including links to relevant websites.

The e-flux time/bank is a platform where artists, curators, writers and other people in our field, can exchange time and skills — help each other get things done without using money. In a more idealistic way, the time/bank can become a place where certain types of actions and ideas, that seem to have no value in our market-driven society, can gain a sense of worth.

Trans Artists
Cultural exchange and residency information
Keizersgracht 462 sous
1016 GE Amsterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0) 20 612 7400

Transport Farin
Based in France, international art transport service.

TuneCore: Digital Music Distribution
TuneCore has arrangements with leading digital music retailers that let us place your music in their online stores and subscription services. You get 100% of the money that your music earns from digital distribution.

Says the site, "UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts."

Art and Art History websites from the UCLA Arts Library:

Live Art and Performance Publishing and Distribution
An online shop for books, dvds and limited edition artworks. Unbound specialises in publications and artefacts related to groundbreaking and risk-taking contemporary art practices.
Here you will find the essential reading on all things live: from experimental theatre to body art, from the history of performance art to performance theory, from digital performance to art activism.

Unesco, International Fund for the Promotion of Culture
Offers bursaries for artists to participate in residencies.
1 Rue Miollis
Paris Cedex 15, 75732

Virtual Festivals
Rock music and dance festivals. UK-Focused International.

Big Whistle Music Ltd.
On-line whistle shop; based in the UK, sells globally. Extensive range.
PO Box 23, Accrington
Lancashire, England BB5 5GX
tel/fax: 44 (0) 1282-77-1068

The Whole 9
Online place for all creative professionals to find and post events, happenings, exhibits, etc.

Without A Box
For filmmakers and film festivals. Very cool.

Women's Music Groups and Websites
List of women's music groups and websites in the US, featuring festivals, alliances, institutes, and more. Part of the Directory of Women's Media, which is itself a part of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press in Washington, DC -

Provides opportunities for artists to join projects all over the world.

Worldwide Arts Resources