Features

SFAI 140 - Pyragraph

SFAI 140: Conversation Starter x 20 I check out the Santa Fe Art Institute's evening of short, powerful talks

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Artists were standing on the soapbox of cultural advocacy and cultural advocates were standing on the soapbox of art. The topic: food justice. More

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The Audience: A Changing Game

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I have been pondering the idea of the modern audience and how difficult it is in this world of internet, TV, cinema, art, gaming, etc., to draw people in. More

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What’s Your Deal, Edie Everette?

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“Cartooning is a much better fit for my nature; I never liked having static work in one place where hardly anybody saw it.” More

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OneBeat Fellows Answer Questions about Community, Music and Collaboration

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These eight passionate musicians from around the globe share their personal takes on music and community. More

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What’s Your Deal, YOU?

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YOU met while working as seamen on a Transcontinental Shipping Company liner and learned how to play instruments by watching MTV News. More

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Burning Questions for Billy Joe Miller Billy shares his curatorial approach to You Are the Doorway, in collaboration with OneBeat

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Billy Joe shares insights on curating, working with local and worldly artists, and his fascination with the ghostly space he’s transforming. More

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OneBeat Is Bringing the Harmony

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OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, organized by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. More

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Burning Questions for Emily Best of Seed&Spark

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Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding platform for filmmakers that focuses on the fair trade between filmmaker and audience. More

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Sage's Show and Tell - Plain Jane Glory - Pyragraph

Sage’s Show and Tell: A Chat with Meredith and Melinda Wilder Sage kicks off her video series with the twins and their new duo, Plain Jane Glory

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Meredith and Melinda Wilder sing in the park and chat about their new group Plain Jane Glory, and what it’s like to play in a band with your twin. More

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What’s Your Deal, Vík Prjónsdóttir?

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Vík Prjónsdóttir is an Iceland-based group of knitting designers and creative brand that designs and makes products from Icelandic sheep wool. More

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Joy Ike - Pyragraph

Burning Quesions for Joy Ike, Musician and Founder of Grassrootsy.com Joy shares hard-won wisdom on touring, PR and when to ditch the side job

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Joy Ike shares her road-tested advice on touring: choosing the right venues, playing shows often or not as often, and working the PR hard. More

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Burning Questions with Melissa Perales of Torstraßen Festival Melissa shares how she and her team launched Torstraßen Festival in Berlin

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While neck-deep in planning 24 Hours of Art I reached out to Melissa Perales to hear how she helped organize the Torstraßen Festival in Berlin. More

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Seattle’s Fin Records: An Empire on Hiatus

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Shenandoah Davis talks with Fin’s founder Christian Fulghum on starting up what became Seattle’s Best Local Label, and its recent suspension of operations. More

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Procrasti-Nation: I Am An Artist #23

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Edie Everette gives a tour of Procrasti-Nation, with helpful tips to maximize your wasted time AND your guilt. More

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Burning Questions for Hannah Kauffmann Banks of Tricklock Company Hannah and I talk about the Reptilian Lounge, theater grants, and how the heck Tricklock made it to Poland

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With ABQ’s 24 Hours of Art festival imminent, I asked Hannah to catch me up on what Tricklock Company has been up to—both here and in Poland. More

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Resources

Rich Stim

Dear Rich: Website Copyright Woes and Songwriting Credit Questions

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Rich Stim answers copyright questions from a website owner and a writer, and songwriting credit question from a musician who uses a pseudonym. More


There’s No ‘Right’ way to be Self-Employed, Just Tradeoffs

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Most people intuitively recognize that there are some real differences between being a freelancer and running a larger business operation. More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: How Do I Get Paid for Book Illustration?

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If a book deal is in the works, and you feel you are entitled to a cut of the earnings, you should seek to become a party to the publishing contract. More


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Music Licensing 101

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How do you get your music into the hands of music supervisors, those gatekeepers who decide whose music is heard during an episode of “Justified”? More


Rich Stim

Dear Rich: My Documentary. Her Idea. Who Owns It?

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“Good ideas are common — what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.” More


Contracts and Agreements 101

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The more that you are actively working in your field — whether that means writing for magazines, playing music at clubs, hosting gallery events or building furniture for a hotel — the more you’ll find yourself needing to execute contracts with other businesses and people. More


Blogs

Guest Blogger

Tour Journal: Cactus Tractor Gets Into a Variety of Hot Messes

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Here, David and Christy of Cactus Tractor experience gross things with help from their dog, Orson, on their US Tour in the Shape of Yemen. More

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Billy McCall

Why I Put Down My Camera Re-embracing the picture in my mind

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When I see some great graffiti, I have to stop, look, and remember. When I go to a show, I close my eyes and really listen to the music. More

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Shannon Curtis

Tour Journal: House Concerts Are Viral

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If I can gather a group of people who remain supportive of my music over the years, that will sustain me as a career artist for a long, long time. More

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Social Media: The Best Friend A Musician Never Wanted Guest Blogger Chris Lee holds his nose and tackles it

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I hated MySpace. I hate Twitter. I hate Instagram. God help your mortal soul if you so much as THINK about sending me something on frikkin LinkedIn. More

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Tour Journal: What Happens When You Use a Q-tip For the First Time on Tour

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This time in Cactus Tractor’s “US Tour in the Shape of Yemen” Tour Blog, Christy tells the story of when David offered her a Q-tip. More

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Specialty Spam: Guest Blog Requests Robots just want to blog

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It’s really kind of fascinating to see these adaptations and mutations of other scammy traffic practices. It’s like watching evolution in hyper-time. More

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Jennifer E. Snyder

The Importance of Setting Boundaries As A Creative

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Many of us work with clients, others run online shops, but all of us have come up against the-feeling-of being pulled in multiple directions far too often. More

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Your Great Ideas Are Someone Else’s, Too. Now What?

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Some great ideas are just bathing in their brilliance in your mind. And guess what? Someone else is manifesting one of your ideas as art right now. More

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Jamie Hill

Plugins I Like: Klanghelm DC8C

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The most full-featured compressor I own cost me less than a decent lunch. It also happens to have my favorite saturator built into it: the Klanghelm DC8C. More

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Shannon Curtis

Tour Journal: Embracing Off-Kilter

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There is something disarming and powerful that happens when a performer gives everything they have for the audience of a house concert. More

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Jed Alexander

Illustration Is Storytelling

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What I didn’t know when I was fresh out of art school was that great illustration has more of a relationship to literature than painting. More

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Jennifer E. Snyder

Storytelling in Design: Telling Stories Through Your Work

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In his video, Sagmeister tears apart some roller coaster designer who happens to fancy himself a storyteller by calling his story bullshit. More

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Jamie Hill

Plugins I Like: Hornet SW34

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I just found an amazing EQ plugin that costs less than $25. It’s an analog modeling emulation of the EQ section of some early ’80s console. The SW34. More

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Alexandra Gjurasic

GJURASIC FACTOR: So You Married An Artist

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Though many people have had the pleasure of humping hedonistic artists, few endure the journey that leads to nuptial vows. More

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Sage Harrington

Doing the Work You Want to Do: The Struggles of a Young Freelance/Self-Employed Person

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Nothing is worse than having to cut work on your music short, just so you can walk some rich lady’s dogs for pay that could buy you two to three lattes. More

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