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Financial Literacy with Amy Smith (In-person Workshop)

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15 Maiden Lane

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Financial Literacy for Artists

This workshop provides a crash course in financial literacy for artists. Designed and led by a working artist with expertise in bookkeeping, budgeting, tax preparation, and financial management, this workshop will raise participants’ level of financial literacy regardless of their prior experience. The workshop is appropriate for individual artists working in any genre and at any point in their careers. Topics will include individual taxes for artists, segregating personal and artistic finances, budgeting for your life and your artistic projects (how to translate artistic narrative into line-item budgets for funders), tips for tracking deductible expenses (what can artists write off?), how artists can get out of debt and start saving, a self-employment primer (answering the question “what’s my time worth?”), and whether and when to pursue forming a non-profit incorporation or other entity. Participants will leave the workshop with better financial management and planning skills, as well as a variety of useful tips, tools, and worksheets.

About Amy Smith

Amy Smith is a founder and Co-Director of Headlong Dance Theater, a collaboratively run Philadelphia-based dance theater company. Headlong has been creating and performing their work since 1993. In addition to Headlong, she has acted in and directed theater productions, performed in cabarets, and choreographed for opera. Amy has 15 years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit worlds doing accounting and financial management. In 2008, Headlong started the Headlong Performance Institute, a semester training program for dance and theater artists who are college students or recent college graduates. In HPI, Amy teaches a course called “The Life of the Artist,” teaching planning and financial skills. She also teaches financial literacy workshops for professional artists, and does tax preparation for 100 artists annually. She has served on many boards, including serving as Board Treasurer for Dance/USA, and is active with Dancing For Justice, a dance community response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Her personal mission is to help artists improve their financial literacy so they can reach their financial goals.

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