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Fundraising for Individual Artists

April 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you always wondered how to cultivate a funding base for your creative work? Then this workshop is designed for you. Led by Candelaria Silva-Collins, this two-hour, live online event will help you understand how to grow this base by answering the following questions:

  • How do you cultivate foundation and individual support?
  • How do you make yourself known to funders who don’t accept unsolicited applications?
  • What distinguishes you from other artists and how do you communicate these distinctions?
  • What details make grant proposals successful?
  • Who is likely to be reading and voting on your proposal?
  • Who is the audience for your work? How do you know?
  • What does networking mean and how will it help you raise money?
  • Do you have fundraising integrity? How do you build this?
  • Must you start a non-profit, use a fiscal agent, or is there another way?

Content Expert: Candelaria Silva Collins
Candelaria Silva-Collins reads, evaluates and helps select dozens of grant recipients each year. She is Chair, Board of Designators of the George B. Henderson Foundation and reviews two rounds of applications for them each year. She has reviewed proposals for Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, Mass Cultural Council, Boston Foundation for Architecture, the LEF Foundation, and has served on several artist certification panels. She has facilitated Technical Assistance sessions for two trusts and participated in Meet the Donors for Associated Grant Makers and the Mass Cultural Council. She has also been successful getting grant funding and individual donor support as an applicant while an administrator for a major cultural economic development program (ACT Roxbury) and as a writer.


This workshop is part of the Spring 2021 Creative Economy Workshop Series sponsored by the City of Boston’s Office of Economic Development.



April 29, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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