Artists and Health Insurance

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I thought we should get a pulse on health insurance since everyone else is talking about it. Deep Thought . . . .Do you have health insurance? Did you get it for you as an individual or through work or a spouse? Have you tried to access health insurance through the HealthCare.gov site? Or have you used a state exchange? [...]

Is Your Art Business Prepared For Disaster?

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

Most artists don’t want to think about what might go wrong in their businesses. It’s not sexy to talk about backing up, getting insurance, or mitigating risk. Art Biz Blog readers (you!) know that these unsexy topics are necessary to confront. Do not put this off. Right about now you’re probably saying Bor-ing! and you want to leave. But this is critical. Take a look at any of the stories on the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) website and you’ll see that many artists haven’t acted in time. [...]

Broken < Deep Thought Thursday

Kim Bruce, Ink Pot

Have you ever shown at a venue that broke or damaged one of your artworks and didn’t offer to remunerate you for the loss? What did you do? [...]

Is your art business prepared for flood? Fire?

Today is MayDay, a day that has been set aside to encourage those in the cultural communities to prepare for disaster. CERF+ encourages all artists to consider taking these 5 steps toward peace of mind. The Studio Protector is a handy reference tool with basic checklists for emergency preparation and response. [...]

@abstanfield Tweekly

The best of my latest tweets on Twitter–all cleaned up for you in today’s blog post. I’ve got ideas for business cards, a survey on artist insurance, a discussion about photography in art museums, and a first-rate museum exhibit that everyone should see. Check it out! [...]

Are you ready for a disaster?

What would you save first if a hurricane or tornado were headed your way? How would you go about salvaging the wreckage after a flood or earthquake? Do you have a fire safety plan in place?

Even if you don’t live in a place considered to be prone to natural disasters, you still need to be prepared for more localized disasters like studio fires and broken pipes.

Enter The Studio Protector

The Studio Protector (The Artist’s Guide to Emergencies) was created by the esteemed Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), whose mission is to strengthen and sustain the careers of artists by building emergency readiness and relief support.

The Studio Protector–which is wall-mounted, like a calendar–helps you create and implement a plan. It features two spinning wheel charts that explain how artists can plan ahead for emergencies and reduce the impact of a disaster. Five “pocket protectors” or pullout guides provide detailed information about what to [...]