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Author Megan Stielstra

Singlepage: Megan Stielstra

"Channel B" from The Best American Essays 2013

How do you write about depression in a way that isn’t depressing? I decided to start small. Instead of "I need help," I wrote "I need a shower."

Pugz Atomz

Singletrack: Pugs Atomz

"Rocks and Blows" from Bama Pi

If you are familiar with my music, you know I’m about styles, patterns and double entendres.

Sheryl Kosovski

Pricing Worksheet

Sheryl Kosovski takes us through the paces to determine our rates

Almost all creative entrepreneurs under-charge their clients ... no one has looked at what it really costs to do the work.

Marie Casimir

Fiscal Sponsorship for Chicago Performers

A conversation with Links Hall's Associate Director Marie Casimir

Fiscal sponsorship “allows individual artists and collectives to access fundraising opportunities, financial services, training and mentoring expertise."

Singletrack: ATOM-r

"The Operature" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

We discovered we could activate gallery spaces as if they were crime scenes or sites of cruising—of men interacting with men.

George Bajalia

Granted: George Bajalia

Using free-writing, this theatre artist buys time to revise.

The most appealing thing to grantors is demonstrating an ability to develop a realistic and executable plan. Get specific.

Rachel Bunting

Granted: Rachel Bunting

Writing grants like poetry, this dancer wins by wooing the funders.

Before I start dancing or hashing ideas out in the studio, I have already accumulated too many ideas. At first I don’t put any reins on these ideas. I have dreamed them up, and I give those dreams their full due.

Joel Styzens. Photo: Paul Elledge

Singletrack: Instrumentalist Joel Styzens

Soundtracking "Bicycle Notes," an animated digital short

Animator Fernanda Torres of Bogota, Colombia, approached me about composing a soundtrack for her digital short after hearing my instrumental album. We collaborated back and forth via the Internet for about one year.

Barry Cooper II

A "Passing" Fancy

The IRS is scrutinizing pass-through businesses (like artists). Use these tips to avoid audits

According to IRS statistics, small business formation and tax filings increased by 15% percent between 2007 and 2011. As a result the IRS's largest increase of audits were of flow-through entities in fiscal year 2012.

Nadia Oussenko

Singletrack: Choreographer Nadia Oussenko

On directing the dance-film "Nothing to See/Hear"

Nothing to See/Hear is a love story about two women and their unraveling relationship. As the estranged couple poses in a portrait studio, each reflects on their former intimacy. The story is set to the bittersweet track A True Story of a Story of True Love by The Books.

Raphaelle Ziemba

Singletrack: Choreographer Raphaelle Ziemba

On the participatory series, "Dance: A Moving Canvas"

"Dance: A Moving Canvas" is program that seeks to expand dance audiences in Chicago by enabling participants to deepen their understanding of the choreographic process. Three choreographers were chosen by jury to develop work for the program.

2nd Floor Rear Director Katie Waddell

So You Wanna Run an Art Festival.

Tips and tricks from the director of 2nd Floor Rear

Chicago’s art scene suffers from mid-career flight because Chicago lacks resources for financially sustaining professional artists… I wanted to find a way to re-frame these purported weaknesses as specific characteristics, and in so doing, celebrate Chicago’s DIY art scene.

Barry Cooper II of Limelight Accounting

Your Art Business ... Or is that Hobby?

Look at your arts practice like the IRS to know what you can deduct.

Due to the unconventional nature of the creative hobby business, it is often difficult to determine the best way to account for profits and losses on tax returns. When tax season comes around artists often discover they spent more money on materials and equipment than they made in income, so they show a loss for their creative venture to offset their normal employment income.

John J. Thompson

Career Moves: From teenaged entrepreneur to creative director

John J. Thompson talks to CAR about navigating the music industry

If a songwriter intends to be generating a significant income from his or her songs, I believe it is mandatory for them to possess a significant amount of cultural and professional awareness. I do not subscribe to the binary “art-versus-commerce” argument anymore. Once a songwriter exposes her song to an audience there is commerce involved.

Jacob Kart

Singletrack: Jacob Kart

"Tina's House on the Hill" from the album Life of Crime

It's pretty much a true story, based on a weird experience I had on a trip I took to Mexico....There's an old woman there who's a sort of hallucinogenic shaman. Traveling kids from all over the world congregate at her house. It's a pretty wild scene. It seemed like I should write a song about it.

Chicago Music Summit 9.20.2013

Chicago Music Summit 2013

Recordings of Chicago's inaugural music gathering.

Chicago is a global music powerhouse activated by musicians working across multiple genres at the highest level of artistry.

Erica Mott

Singletrack: Erica Mott

Rehearsal footage from the interdisciplinary "3 Singers Opera"

The interdisciplinary performance "3 Singers Opera" explores the female body’s relationship with machinery, particularly with the labor, production and policies of the textile industry.

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