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Patrons & Sponsors for Artists - How to find them and communicate with them

Techniques for getting funding from personal patrons as well as companies

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In this course you will learn how to find the names of potential local patrons of the arts, and you will learn how to meet and befriend these people and create lasting patrons for your studio practice. You will also learn how to approach businesses for sponsorship as well.

Online classroom experience will get all your questions asked personally as you navigate the course with other students.

Enrollment deadline - Rolling

Class Duration 8 weeks and lifetime access

Estimated effort - 30 minutes weekly

Lecturer - Brainard Carey

Participation fee, including personal editing - $349 US dollars (304 euros including tax)

Class limit - 20 students

The following quotes are from 2 students in a recent class;

After taking Brainard's course on sponsors and patrons, I mustered up the courage and asked a patron and received a check for $5,000 to aid my studio practice.

- Karen Hampton

Another letter from an artist in a rural area that worked hard on getting a sponsor for a public project, and sent me a letter about the day the biggest donation she got arrived, here is an excerpt from that letter;

"...My neighbor made it down the mountain this afternoon on a quest for a new heat tape - but none existed. He picked up my mail…brought it to my studio where I was working and offered me a ride down to my truck now that the road was plowed enough to get it back home. I poured through the mail, my tummy flip-flopped when I found an envelope marked "Cinemark." After your advise to Google (name withheld) I decided that being the sole patron of the Bison Bench was unlikely since he doesn't make as much $ as I thought. I had quietly settled on a wished-for number in my mind for the check to be….knowing that it could be anything and afraid to be disappointed but right in my hand was a check written for the wished-for number……………….$10,000.00…!!!!!!


My blue mood blew away with the same force of the snow flurries outside!!!

I am taking a treat to my neighbor right now before settling into my cozy cabin with running water and a grin.

I can hardly wait to continue my fundraising efforts tomorrow. I plan to make the goal of $20,000 before the end of the year (and shop for NEW tires ASAP)


- Amber Jean

Your Instructor

Brainard Carey
Brainard Carey

Brainard Carey has written three books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, and The Art World Demystified.

Carey interviews major and minor figures from all over the art world for Yale University radio. He is an educator and also an artist that has had major shows like The Whitney Museum Biennial and many others.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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