Jim Brown, National Director of Health Services at The Actors Fund, is guest writer for our lead article on the Affordable Care Act and what it means to the artists CERF+ serves.
A Searchable Archive of Selected CERF+ News Articles
"Affordable Care Act. What It Means For You," "Enhanced Insurance Listings on Studio Protector Website," "Advocating for Artists Before Congress," "CERF+ Biennial Report: Working Together to Keep Artists Working," "CERF+ Receives Generous Support from CODA"
"'The Wet Is Gone. So I'm Moving On,' Artists Rebuild Studios, Businesses & Lives in Sandy's Wake," "Sustaining Craft Careers: A Nationwide Study," "Our Studio Protector Site Expands Access to Business Insurance Information," "Foundation Backs Our Preparedness Work," "Artists Make Grand Gesture At Grand Central Holiday Fair"
While raising money and making grants and loans and brokering in-kind assistance for craft artists after emergencies is more difficult than it sounds, the work is direct, the benefits are clear, and it’s very easy to explain. But CERF+ can never raise enough funds, even in a strong economy, to make artist’s career whole after a significant emergency. And while we cannot overestimate the value of financial assistance after an emergency, recovery is a more complex proposition than can be addressed entirely with a check. In recent years, CERF+ has grown into an organization that is focused on the larger goal of recovery than on the single act of writing a check (and raising the money to cover it).
"CERF+: Breaking Down Barriers to Recovery," "Responding to Crisis Through Art," "How Health-Care Reform will Affect You," "Great Resources in New Business Insurance Guidebook," "Our Revamped Booth-Fee Raffle a Big Success at ACC Show"
An engaging Q&A that covers your rights when buying health insurance, finding a health insurance plan, government subsidized programs, how to find a plan when you have a pre-existing condition, and much more.
CERF+ interviews four artists about their strategies for surviving and flourishing during difficult economic times.
As craft artists recover from an accident or emergency, their toughest struggle may not be rebuilding a studio, sustaining a business, or healing a broken body. Often, it’s coping with the emotional challenges. This cerfnews article explores the many ways CERF+ beneficiaries and others have coped with the emotional aspects of loss after emergencies.
A cerfnews article covering CERF+'s live Insurance Show at the Glass Arts Society conference in 2006.
A cerfnews article summarizing CERF+'s 2004 nationwide craft artist inquiry.
A cerfnews article about how community development financial institutions (CDFIs) can help craft business owners succeed.
How can craft artists take a fresh new look – at the work they can produce, at the business and marketing opportunities they can find, or at both? This article from CERF News: Issue 9: August 2003, talks about how various artists have refreshed their outlook about their work.
A cerfnews article about how craft artists can better protect themselves from theft at show.
Whether you’re just starting out or,looking to give your existing business a boost, implementing basic business practices, from creating an identity and setting prices to writing a business plan and developing a budget, should help make your life as an artist in business a little easier.
A cerfnews article about acquiring insurance for your craft art business.
A cerfnews article highlighting insurance related experiences of and advice from craft artists who have had serious emergencies.