Survival Guide

This video series presents the foundational tools that artists of all disciplines can use to develop the professional skills necessary for establishing and sustaining a creative business. 

The following specialists introduce key concepts and strategies in their respective fields:


Sharon T. Alpi, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Millikin University


Chris Long, Certified Financial Planner at Long Financial Planning

Social Media Marketing

Sue Koch, Chief Navigator, Social Media Strategist, Coach and Speaker at Soaring Solutions


Patrice Perkins, CEO and Attorney at Creative Genius Law


Using this Series

Each track includes 20 - 25 short videos for a total duration of approximately one hour.

The series is funded in part by grants from The Coleman Foundation, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as a CityArtsGrant from the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

Survival Guide is produced by Chicago Artists Coalition for Chicago Artists Resource.