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Miata Edoga (left), president and founder of Abundance Bound, will lead an online workshop to help artists navigate the crisis; Hannah Cole (right), founder of Sunlight Tax, will lead another on taxes for artists, freelancers, and creative businesses (courtesy of Miata Edoga, Hannah Cole, and Art World Conference)

The financial landscape for artists and creative workers has never been straightforward. In the past month, however, as the coronavirus pandemic led to shuttered venues, canceled gigs, and stalled projects, many in the arts community have been left to face a new wave of challenges. Two timely interactive online workshops hosted by Art World Conference seek to guide artists and independent cultural workers during the shaky economic months to come. 

The first online Zoom workshop, Financial Strategies for Artists and Freelancers Impacted by COVID-19, takes place tomorrow, April 14. Led by financial educator Miata Edoga, a trained actor and president and founder of Abundance Bound, the session will walk artists through identifying their current needs and accessing available resources.

Next Tuesday, April 21, artist and Sunlight Tax founder Hannah Cole, who has also contributed to Hyperallergic, will lead Taxes for Artists, Freelancers & Creative Businesses. Her 90-minute workshop will focus specifically on upcoming tax deadlines, adjusting self-employment taxes, and preparing for the economic downturn. Cole will also answer attendees’ questions related to the relief package recently passed by Congress.

“It’s true that as artists, we’ve chosen careers that often bring us incredible joy and fulfillment. Our paths can also be full of uncertainty, requiring us to constantly navigate the ups and downs of employment, income, and any sense of security,” said Edoga in a statement to Hyperallergic.

“But it’s not an exaggeration to say that in these last weeks, we’ve entered a time in our global history that none of us have experienced before,” she added. “My intention for this workshop is to share specific and concrete financial steps we can all take as we navigate this unpredictable time together.”

Each workshop will be followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.

Thought tomorrow’s event is now at capacity, a free recording of the workshop will be available to the public on Art World Conference’s Patreon page under “Recent Posts” section. Hannah Cole’s tax workshop next week still has available slots; you can sign up here.

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Valentina Di Liscia

Valentina Di Liscia is a staff writer for Hyperallergic. Originally from Argentina, she studied at the University of Chicago and is currently working on her MA at Hunter College, where she received the...