Creative Income Streams
Now that Covid-19 has temporarily eliminated most major sources of income for many artists and musicians, what can you do to get by? Get creative! Here are some sites you can use to sell your handmade goods and virtual services, and get support for your creative practice:
- Sell things you make on ETSY
You can sell physical objects or printable images. Whatever crafty things you’re making to de-stress during this time of isolation, chances are you can sell it on Etsy! If you use this link to set up your Etsy shop, and list your first item for sale right away (without navigating away or changing browsers), you’ll get a whole bunch of free product listings to get you started as a virtual shop owner. Set up your Etsy shop now.
- Do you already have an Etsy shop? Here are some next steps:
– Post your Etsy products on our Group Pinterest Board to drive more traffic to your store. (*Pro tip: Remember to pin using a link instead of directly from your Etsy shop. That way, if the item sells out, you can change the link to another part of your shop.)
– Follow these simple steps to add Google Analytics to your Etsy shop.
- Do you already have an Etsy shop? Here are some next steps:
- Become a creator on PATREON
Friends and fans can sign up to support your work on a monthly basis in exchange for creative gifts you offer them. It’s like an ongoing Kickstarter, but you get to develop long-term connections with your supporters. This is great for musicians, visual artists, writers, creators of pretty much any kind of content. We have a free, easy, step-by-step tutorial to get you all set up. Click here to follow along and for a chance to win $50!
*New creators who have been referred by Art ReSourcery will have the opportunity to earn an additional cash bonus once they get patrons of their own. This bonus can vary, depending on the number of patrons the new creator gets in their first 30 days. If you’re on Patreon, join our new Art Resourcery Community on Facebook, where we can share tips and tricks, and help each other through these wild times.
- Sell virtual services on FIVVER
You can price & post the services you offer virtually as “gigs”, so strangers can hire you with a button click. Sell your skills to an international audience! This is great for musicians, website designers, video editors, illustrators etc. Pretty much any skill you have that can be done virtually will work. People sell beats, slideshow presentations, illustration services, and more. It isn’t a perfect system, and they do take a cut, but you set your own prices and a lot of people get gigs from this because there’s a lot of traffic on the site. We’ve gotten a lot of jobs on Fiverr without doing any advertising to our own network. Sell your virtual services on Fiverr here.
You could also take advantage of this self-isolation time to FINALLY get yourself a professional website!
If you just didn’t have the time or money to deal with figuring out how to get an artist website, well this is the perfect opportunity to set up a more professional presence online. And you have no more excuses not to get around to it because if you’re in self-isolation, YOU’VE GOT TIME. And if money is really tight (which it is for most of us), there is a way to get your website up completely for free. There’s literally no reason not to get your site in order now. Choose from these two free tutorials, and we’ll walk you through all the steps, holding your virtual, germ-free hand:
- GET YOUR FREE GOOGLE WEBSITE
Build a completely free website on Google Sites. It’s free so the design options are limited, but it’ll do! Click here to get started.
- OR, USE THIS TUTORIAL TO GET A PROFESSIONAL, WORDPRESS-POWERED ART WEBSITE, WITHOUT HAVING TO HIRE ANYBODY!
Get some web hosting from the company of your choice (we’ll recommend some in the tutorial in case you don’t have this already), and then use our free tutorial to build your very own, fabulous WordPress artist’s website. It’s way easier than you think. All you need is time! And as we all know, you’ve got that now! Click here to follow along with our very detailed, simple steps.
If you’re here already, why don’t you pop over and join the new Art Resourcery Community on Facebook?
This group will be a dedicated space for sharing free resources that will come in handy for artists. It is a place to ask questions, post calls for art, and get advice about any aspect of art marketing and promotion. We will answer each other’s questions. We will share information about all aspects of presenting and promoting artwork online. Whether you’re an emerging artist about to build your own website, or an established artist looking for ways to expand your art business, it is our goal to gather resources that will help you become an online wizard.
Free Music Software for Self-isolation and Quarantine Days
Free Music Creation Software, some only free now because of coronavirus:
- Moog has made its Minimoog Model D iOS synth app available for free.
- Korg has made its Kaossilator apps temporarily free. “The Kaossilator apps are tools that let you create music by using, moving and swiping a single finger – and you don’t need any musical knowledge to get started. Many users worldwide have been enjoying their Kaossilator app for many years because it is fun, educational and satisfying!” – Source & Free Korg apps HERE.
Fun Cultural Things to Do Without Leaving the House or Spending a Penny
Some of the world’s leading arts and culture institutions are offering free access to their content! There’s no reason to let a little quarantine get in the way of enjoying the opera or some excellent art. These places are offering virtual tours and performances:
On Google Arts & Culture, you can tour hundreds of the worlds best art museums and galleries. Here are some to get you started:
- Take virtual tours of 10 breathtaking museums.
- Step into these must-see museums around the world, without leaving your couch.
- View these world class art collections, organized by institution.
The Metropolitan Opera will host free “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its official website.
These free streams will present encores of past performances from its famed Live in HD series. The encore presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night and will then be available for an additional 20 hours thereafter. Each showcase will also be viewable on the Met Opera on demand apps.
Join a creative challenge, like this one from the Jealous Curator.
Free Homework Software for Art, Music, and other Teachers in America
- Earwig has announced that during the Covid-19 crisis every school in the USA can use their software for free.
“The software will enable pupils to upload their work in multimedia formats to be guided and marked by teachers. The technology means that work can be saved securely in the cloud, linked to assessments and made into reports. A modified version has been created to be used intuitively and without the usual training required. The software will be available for free for six months. Source: Earwig Academic. To apply contact Earwig on 0333 6666 166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
This is an amazing list of continually updated free resources being put together by the amazing team at COVID-19 & Freelance Artists. I’m just linking directly to their table of contents here, so you can go directly to the source. They are “an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.” These folks are doing amazing work, that will come in very handy in the days to come.
GENERAL PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES (outside United States)
BEST PRACTICES FOR ONLINE TEACHING…
HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
TEMPORARY/REMOTE JOB OPPORTUNITIES
OTHER MISCELLANEOUS WISDOM
INTERRUPTING RACISM RESOURCES
What are you doing to get through this time? Have you come across other good arts and culture resources to get you through isolation? Share them in the comments section below!