Q & A: Making a living as a queer artist

September 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Make Shift Boston
549 Columbus Ave
MA 02118
Evan Greer

Are you a queer artist, performer, musician, writer, or other creative type interested in making a living — or at least supplementing your income — through your art? Great! Come to this Q & A session to learn from all of my mistakes!

I’m a trans/femme queer activist and musician, and dropped out of college to tour fulltime. I supported my family doing that for a number of years. Now I balance my music with an organizing job, but along the way I’ve learned a lot about making a living as a self-employed artist, and I’m excited to share that with you all! This session will be partially a presentation with some nuts and bolts tips and tricks, and partly Q&A / discussion so we can hear from other working artists in the room. My experience is largely as a musician and freelance writer, but the skills I’ll share will translate to many other disciplines.

Topics covered include:
-Building confidence to promote your art
-Asking to get paid / finding gigs and funding sources
-Getting press / media coverage of your work
-Managing online presence / websites / email / social media
-Selling yourself: press kits, pitching, etc
-Building mutual aid with other artists and supporters
-Quick basics of self-employment / taxes / business stuff
-Scams and shady things to avoid

The details:
7pm – 9pm on Sunday, Sept 17
$10 – 20 sliding scale suggested donation. No one turned away.
All ages. Wheelchair accessible.

More about me here: http://evngreer.org

Evan Greer is a trans/genderqueer activist singer/songwriter, parent, and organizer based in Boston. She writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! Evan tours internationally as a musician and speaker, and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation. Wielding an arsenal of fiercely radical songs that vary in style from pop-punk poetry to foot-stompin’ bluegrass singalongs, Evan has been honored to collaborate, tour, and share stages with artists as musically diverse as Pete Seeger, Against Me!,Talib Kweli, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Against Me!, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Michael Stipe (REM), Amanda Palmer, Immortal Technique, Kimya Dawson, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Hari Kondabolu, Billy Bragg, Pamela Means, Anti-Flag, Downtown Boys, The Coup, Anne Feeney, Oi Polloi, Dispatch, Dirty Projectors, Screaming Females, and Chumbawamba. She’s currently the campaign director for Fight for the Future, the viral digital rights nonprofit behind the largest online protests in history. Evan writes regularly for The Guardian Time, Newsweek, and HuffPost, has been a guest on Good Morning America and All Things Considered, and has been interviewed about her music activism by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, TIME Magazine, Pitchfork, NBC News, Billboard, the Wall Street Journal, Spin Magazine, CBS News, Washington Post, Democracy Now!, The Atlantic, The Nation, CNN, Mother Jones, and even Fox News.