Artist expenses.Posted: December 27, 2011
In the year 2011, I spent $6,983.83 on artist expenses. That includes printing at Kinko’s, home printer ink, printer paper, application fees, residency fees, application postage, mailing supplies, stationery, performance tickets, museum tickets, movie tickets, books, ebooks, a Kindle and cover, a Flip camera, website design fees, website hosting fees, Dramatists Guild conference registration and hotel, travel expenses, and cookies for the New York Neofuturists. (I didn’t include rent, food or health insurance, though given that I’m a writer, it would be valid to do so. That would add about $14,200 to the tally.)
I made $930.00 from art, including stories, performances, nonfiction and plays. If you add the value of a residency at La Muse Inn, revenue comes to $2,890.00.
I’m posting all this just because I think financial transparency is a good thing, both on an individual and an organization basis. I also want beginning artists to have this information so that they can know, going forward, what kind of costs they might be looking at.
If you care to share–what do you consider artist expenses? How much are they?