These are Gigi's favorite books and resources for your career and life as a literary, visual or performing artist.

Posts & Interviews with Gigi about Grant Writing

From Chicago Artists Resource: “I encourage my students to ensure they benefit from the process of writing a grant application.” Read more.

From Massachusetts Cultural Council's ArtSake: “Artists need to foster networks, communities, friendships, colleagues, and groups that support them to do their best work.” Read more.

From NYC's Foundation Center: "View your proposal not just as a fundraising tool, but as an action plan." Read more.

From Jane Friedman's blog: "Write the grant as if everything you’re describing will happen whether you get the money or not." Read more.

Recommended Reading

for writers and Artists

The Artist's Guide To Grant Writing, by Gigi Rosenberg

How to Write About Contemporary Art, by Gilda Williams


Art & Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland

The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri

ART/WORK: Everything you need to know (and do) as you pursue your art career,
by Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber

The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to find and win commissions by Lynn Basa

About psychology & Meditation

The Drama of the Gifted Child, by Alice Miller

Real Happiness, by Sharon Salzberg

When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chödrön

The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists, by Eleanor Payson

For writers

Writing Without Teachers, by Peter Elbow

The Business of Being a Writer, by Jane Friedman

Fierce on the Page, by Sage Cohen

For Filmmakers & Musicians

Shaking the Money Tree, 3rd Edition, by Morrie Warshawski

Effortless Mastery: Liberating the master musician within, by Kenny Werner

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide, by Kelley Baker

Emerge Already! The Ultimate Guide to Career Building for Emerging Artists, by Jade Simmons


What’s the one dance, poem or painting that only you can create?
How can you fundraise for it, pitch it, or entice your audience to it if it doesn’t yet exist?
Imagine it finished.
Then, look back and tell me:
What do you see, feel and hear?
This is the beginning of inviting the world to your work.
— Gigi Rosenberg

Note: If you purchase one of these books by following the links above, I earn a few pennies from Amazon. I include the links so it's easy for you to access these books and the price of the book is the same whether you use this link or not. Another way to look at these links, is that you pay the same and a few pennies goes to me rather than Amazon.


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