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Fundraising for Creative Projets and Organizations

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In this workshop, we'll hear a founder's perspective on raising money through grants, sponsorships, crowdfunding, and more.

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Arts-based projects and small businesses face unique challenges when raising money to fund their operations. In this workshop we'll discuss the basics of raising money through grants, sponsorships, crowdfunding and more.

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Catherine T. Morris is a mother, entrepreneur, and visionary, who works at the intersection of arts, culture and creative placekeeping. Over the last 20 years, Catherine has spent her time and energy producing shows, as well as mobilizing and engaging local audiences to experience the arts. Now, as the Founder and Executive Director of Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest, this volunteer-run nonprofit organization that breaks racial and social barriers to arts, music and culture for Black and Brown communities and artists across Greater Boston. As a result, BAMS Fest has supported, hired and presented 400+ BIPOC artists and creative entrepreneurs; activated (20+) public spaces and venues, and has attracted over (10,000+) attendees.

Catherine has been a presenter, panelist and moderator with SPARK Boston, Podcast Garage, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Simmons University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a 2018 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellow (The Barr Foundation), and has served on grant review panels for the Cambridge Arts Council, The Lewis Prize for Music, and the Boston Neighborhood Fellowship (The Boston Foundation).

Catherine is an alumnae of Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management in Philadelphia, PA, and received her Masters of Science from Simmons University (Boston, MA). It is Catherine’s hope that BAMS Fest becomes a pipeline to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem and creative economy in a manner that shifts narrative and minimizes implicit bias, closes the racial wealth gap, and positively impacts the livelihoods of our future creatives.

Creative Economy Series 2021

This workshop is being offered as part of the Creative Economy Workshop Series at MassArt. This series of one-day, non-credit lectures and workshops is focused on professional development for practicing and aspiring creative entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and freelancers. To see upcoming workshops visit the Eventbrite Profile for Massachusetts College of Art.

This program is supported through a partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

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