Artists & Creatives Money Skills
A power hour of financial practices that support artists and creatives to make smart decisions about money in their practice.
Welcome to a course on money management for artists and creatives!
As a writer and performer, my years running a theatre tour taught me a LOT about the importance of keeping tabs on the money: Could we put gas in the van? How much could I pay the artists each show? Could we pay to get merch made?
These practical considerations mean a lot when you're trying to keep a creative project afloat -- whether you work in a crew or solo.
That's why I made this course: to help other creatives understand and make informed decisions about the money aspect of their work.
This one-hour class + handouts + exercises is created to give you a basic, crucial grounding in the practical aspects of being "in business" as a creative, artist, cultural worker, etc.
This course contains a one-hour video workshop and related exercises for you.
The video lecture covers:
1) What is a small business - as an artist, am I one?
2) Making the Money: reality of freelance
debrief / exercise
3) Four steps to legitimize your freelance and track the money
4) Managing the pieces: contracts, automation, planning
...and of course, there's homework and more readings to help you recall, apply, and extend the work.
No one is going to support the sustainability of your practice more than you.
Thats just a fact. Your job now is to get started learning how to be awesome, informed, and on it. In this course you'll learn and create more possibility and focus in the business aspects of your creative work!
Here's to your success - start by signing up below!
Hadassah Damien is a Brooklyn-based artist, activist, small-business owner, and creator of the iconoclastic blog and finance classes Ride Free Fearless Money. Her mission is to stabilize creative communities by empowering folks’ relationship to their money, and to help people with money hacks. Read more: http://www.ridefreefearlessmoney.com
Hadassah Damien supports individuals, partners, freelancers/small business owners, and collectives to create actionable financial plans through writing, online courses, 1:1 coaching sessions, and workshops. Real talk, honest compassion, hustle mindset, and intersectional needs all come into the equation, with excellent outcomes.
From people who get motivated and save their first $1,000, to people who pay off their credit cards; from freelancers who learn how to get $3,000 tax refunds to couples who create their financial path together, her clients rave:
- "Her working class femme money genius has been an invaluable tool to help me figure out how to build my stability and start saving for retirement while meeting my goals and enjoying my life."
- "This course was a great way to get the support I needed to get my shit together, all in a way that aligns with my values, so thank you!"
- "I can’t think of a better form of self-care than to give your financial life the attention it deserves through Ride Free Fearless Money."
Ms. Damien is an educator, award-winning artist, civic technologist, and iconoclast who was raised working-class in Western NY. She puts the values she inherited both into practice and under microscopes in her progressive work. She has an MA from the CUNY Graduate Center, and an Honors BA from the University of Toronto.
And yes, she is a motorcyclist, which inspired the name Ride Free Fearless Money. When we ride, we do a LOT of work to make sure we're ready -- then we go enjoy the HELL out of the experience. Our finances can be handled well with a similar attitude: do the work, honor the work, and then go live your life!