Resources for Artists


Some of my favorite resources for artists and arts workers are below. Many are New York-centered, because that’s where I am based.

You Need a Budget (referral link) – More than any other tool, YNAB has given me personal financial freedom; more than budgets, more than an accountant. It’s a game changer, and if you sign up through my link, I get a small referral fee. Seriously, this site will change your life.
Brass Taxes

Funders and Residencies:

New York Foundation for the Arts
Brooklyn Arts Council
Bronx Council on the Arts
Queens Arts Council
Staten Island Arts
Creative Capital
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
New York State Council on the Arts
Puffin Foundation
Franklin Furnace
Jerome Foundation
MAP Fund
New England Foundation for the Arts
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Network of Ensemble Theaters
Indie Theatre Fund
HERE Arts Center – HARP Residency

Job Boards:
NYFA Classifieds
APAP Job Bank
California Arts Council Jobs Board
Alliance of Artist Communities Jobs Board
Philanthropy News Daily

Professional Development:
Creative Capital
Nonprofit Finance Fund
The Foundation Center

Service Organizations:
Theatre Communications Group
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Theatre Philadelphia
Dance USA
Fractured Atlas
The Field
The Alliance of Artist Communities
Production on Deck

Indie Space
SpaceWorks NYC

Benvenuti Arts
Hannah Fenlon

Anti-Racism Resources:
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
Race Forward
Honor Native Land – US Department of Arts and Culture

Why start a consulting practice?


Individual artists, small organizations, and emerging organizations deserve support that is typically only available to large organizations through traditional consulting resources. This includes assistance with strategy as well as practical services. With over 15 years of experience in theatre, dance, and artist services, Ann Marie and Ghostboat bring a wealth of knowledge and resources, as well as a specific passion for small arts organizations and individual artist practice. Instead of forcing all artists towards growth for growth’s sake, Ann Marie is interested in identifying and supporting each client’s goals and helping them achieve success by their own definition.

Having worked in a variety of nonprofits, Ann Marie is excited by the variety of work that consulting provides, and celebrates the diverse projects she has been invited to partner on over the past five years.

Why Ghost Boat?


I have spent a lot of time teaching and giving advice to artists and arts administrators about how to apply for grants and write effectively about their work for grant panels. I would find myself using my students’ own companies as examples. I realized this was not the best practice, since I was putting words in their mouths and perhaps misinterpreting their missions and work. So I made up a fake theatre company, Ghost Boat, that I would talk about in class and use for examples. The (fake) company “produced site-specific Shakespeare productions on boats for young people.” Ghost Boat was, of course, helmed by my real life roommate Pete the Cat as Artistic Director, and me as part-time producer.

I would use Ghost Boast to teach about concepts like mission drift and budgeting best practices, and eventually the fake company has its own Quickbooks, budget, and mission statement. So many people joked that I should start the company, and now it’s a reality, except we are not producing theatre on boats…yet.