Have you ever considered writing a grant? If not, that’s okay. Many people don’t realize that this is actually an option they can use. If you’ve never written a grant before or don’t know what a grant entails, don’t worry. Gigi Rosenberg’s book The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing is filled with valuable information that’s easy to follow and understand.
In an interview with Lindsay Obermeyer for the Chicago Artist Resource, Rosenberg asserts that before you sit down to write your grant proposal, you should realize that it will take time and effort. Since you’re stepping away from your work or personal life, you should use your time wisely and efficiently. If you’re submitting a work sample, make sure it accurately represents your aesthetic and style. Rosenberg also adds that grants can be an extremely beneficial means of getting your work noticed. A panel often reviews grant proposals, so that makes multiple eyes will be on your work. Even if you don’t receive the grant, your work will be exposed to thought leaders and experts in your field. Who knows – this could lead to a major opportunity in the future.
In addition to grant writing, Rosenberg outlines the importance of the “elevator speech” – what it is and why everyone should have one. You might not realize it, but you don’t have to have just one elevator speech. In fact, according to Rosenberg, “most artists have a few different elevator speeches that emphasize different aspects of their work and career, and they’ll use one or the other depending on whom they’re talking to.” She even shares her own elevator speech – a true expert can practice what she preaches!
Learn more about grant writing, check out Lindsay’s post, “Gigi Rosenberg, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing.”