I have spoken with a few artists who have not sold much work lately but have projects they want to begin. It is tough as an artist who feeds a project with the profit from the last. One key area that artists do not tap into enough is grants. I know some local artists who do not even worry about selling their work because they fund it primarily through writing for grants.
There are many local grants through the art institutions and organizations so make sure to follow them all and keep up with their cycles. Unfortunately the AZ Commission grants will be cut drastically but there are a lot of other options out there, it just takes some searching. One resource I recommend is The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing by Gigi Rosenberg. It is easy to read and gives some great strategies for writing winning grant applications.
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