Here's a list of resources across legal, HR, marketing, digital, toolkits and more for cultural professionals.
Team Culture Wire
The Culture Wire team reached out to the arts community (and, we confess, quietly pored through your websites and stalked your social media handles) to put together a list of resources for the cultural sector. This is just the first draft (we lie: it’s the fifth) and we hope to grow this in the coming months. If you spot gaps, have suggestions, or if you are offering something that would fit, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Contracts for Creators provides free basic contract templates for writers, designers, and performing artists.
2) Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), a global network that is a project of PEN America, working to safeguards the right to artistic freedom of expression, has a Safety Guide for Artists that explores topics such as defining and understanding risk, preparing for threats, strengthening digital safety, documenting persecution, finding assistance, and recovering from trauma.
3) Tinnuts.in (site not active; see their LinkedIn page instead) is a new-age new-age intellectual property law firm offering non-conventional solutions to conventional problems across sectors. For this issue of Culture Wire, they have compiled a legal primer for artists. Read it here.
4) Artistik License began as a project to provide easily accessible legal information to artists and the creative community. You can find a range of resources you can download from their website, from a License Glossary to DIY law tips. HR
1) CARESpaces (Conscientious Artists Rallying for Ethical Spaces), a non-profit organisation working towards creating safer workspaces in the Indian arts community, host sessions online; their Medium site has summaries of their past sessions and their YouTube channel has videos.
2) Serein is an organisation that works with start-ups, VC firms, factories, non- governmental organisations and multinational corporations on workplace diversity, safety and inclusion. On their website, you can request copies of their research and reports on diversity and inclusion.
3) The Hard Copy Co, which aims to be a resource for brand-building in a “multi-experience world,” offers a free, downloadable personal and professional growth planner for individuals.
4) The Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a crowdsourced library of tools, services and resources relating to COVID-19 response that was developed in the early weeks of the pandemic through rapid contributions from thousands of experts. The section on Remote Management provides a list of resources that will help you lead, inspire, deal with challenges from afar. (Have your own resources to share? Add them directly.)
2) The Digital Engagement Framework, developed by a variety of industry professionals, helps you identify value creation opportunities via digital engagement. The framework and related tools are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. Download their worksheets and other publications on their website.
5) MailChimp, the email marketing service (through which we send out Culture Wire) has a range of marketing resources available on their site, including guides and marketing tips. Perhaps start by brushing up on commonly used marketing terms with their Marketing Glossary. Digital
1) Wordpress.com and Creative Mornings began a campaign in 2018 encouraging creative people to own their content, platform, and the future of their work. The result is Own Your Content, a website that provides toolkits, interviews, and wisdom to build your own home on the internet.
2) A quick guide to planning and delivering an online event in 10 steps (PDF) by King’s College London Arts and Humanities Research Unit
3) Miro, the online collaborative whiteboard platform, provides a range of guides for better online collaboration on their website. Learn, for instance, how to make a customer journey map or get better at online brainstorming.
2) AIGA has a collection of resources tailored for small, creative businesses. They include legal handbooks and code of conducts. 3) Creative Lives in Progress is an inclusive creative careers resource that aims at transforming the way emerging talent accesses and connects with the industries. Their comprehensive guides provide actionable steps for creatives for every step of their professional journey, from writing an ‘About Me’ page to negotiating your fees.
5) Art Chain India is a peer-chain movement for visual artists in India. On their website, artists can find resources relating to application materials like templates for CVs, biographies, artist statements and more.
6) On the Move and Asia-Europe Foundation created a mobility funding guide for artists in India in 2014, which includes grants for nationals and residents of India wishing to travel outside the country and for nationals from other countries who want to travel to India. Tools
1) Me and My Shadow’s Alternative App Centre is a collection of open-source tools, apps and services recommended by Tactical Technology that can be used for better privacy and control. The collection allows you to filter tools based on your operating system. You can also view guides and videos to help you better understand and manage your digital traces. (See also this list of open-source tools.)
2) The Tiny Tools Directory is a list of small, free, or experimental tools that might be useful in building your website or interactive project with a focus on artful tools and toys that are as fun to use as they are functional.
3) Dara.network is a web and phone based application for changemakers and cultural professionals. It is designed to be a private, ad-free alternative for Slack and WhatsApp that helps groups and alumni networks stay in touch.