Artists Financial Support Group
By Artists Financial Support Group
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The Artists Financial Support Group is an organization dedicated to helping artists navigate their financial lives. Student loan debt for artists has grown increasingly disproportionate to their expected incomes, and it can often seem financially impossible to pursue a career in the arts (let alone start a family or buy a house). The AFSG gives workshops for graduating artists, providing both financial awareness and emotional support. Know that you're not alone. Founded by alumni of the NYU Graduate Acting Program, the members of the AFSG each graduated with an MFA, not an MBA. But as a group of working artists, we know from personal experience what it is like to struggle with loans and rent while trying to pursue a life in the arts. We are determined to educate and help other artists, as well as create a lobbying force to effect positive change in arts education and financial legislation.
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #13||This month, host Ben Graney sits down with fellow member Timothy Sekk to discuss the student loan and college tuition platforms of the two major candidates for President. By reading solely off the the candidates' websites, the information provided pai||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #12||This month, host Ben Graney sits down with the newest member of the AFSG, Stephen Stocking, about his first year out of school and all of the financial challenges and successes he's had. For more info, visit www.artistsfinancial.org, or email us at in||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #11||This month, host Ben Graney speaks with NYC actor Robert Eli about his experience navigating and procuring his affordable housing living situation. For more information, visit www.artistsfinancial.org, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #10||This month, host Ben Graney sits down with fellow AFSG member Timothy Sekk to discuss one of the AFSG's signature initiatives, the monthly support group. Our book Repaid is also on sale NOW on Amazon!! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us o||5/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #9||This month, host Ben Graney sits down with AFSG board member, professional actor, and professional tax preparer Dominic Comperatore to discuss the ins and outs of professional artist taxes and finances. If you're stressin' about tax time, you will not||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #8||It's been a while, but we have much to share! We are now our own official non-profit organization, and we recently published our first book: Repaid: An Artist's Guide to Student Loans and Financial Self-Advocacy, now available on Amazon. Host Ben G||1/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #7||AFSG members Ben and Timothy thank the last half of their RocketHub supporters, discuss and interesting law about tuition, and talk about the new AFSG monthly support group meetings. For more info, visit www.artistsfinancial.org, or email us at info@a||2/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #6||Host and member Ben Graney, and President of the AFSG Freddy Arsenault, sit down to talk about the AFSG's first fundraiser on RocketHub as well as recent developments in the world of student loans! For more info, visit www.artistsfinancial.org, or ema||12/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #5||This week, host Ben Graney and fellow AFSG member Matt Carlson giva an update on the AFSG, A rundown of the new student loan repayment plan called "Pay As You Earn," and the new new bill H.R. 1330 - The Student Loan Fairness Act.||4/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #4||In this month's episode, host Ben Graney sits down with fellow AFSG members Freddy Arsenault and Matt Carlson to talk about updates with the AFSG, current events, and some very interesting documentaries. For more info, visit www.artistsfinancial.org,||6/29/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #3||This week, host Ben Graney sits down with fellow War Horse cast member and NYU Grad Acting Alumnus Sanjit De Silva ('04) to talk about student debt, owning a home, and having a kid.Our apologies for the audio quality, we had technical difficulties and t||5/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #2||This week, host Ben Graney talks with fellow AFSG members Freddy Arsenault and Matt Carlson about the AFSG's recent workshops, and some recent legislation that may prove very beneficial to people with student loan debt. For more info, visit www.artist||4/14/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAFSG Podcast Episode #1||In this episode, host and member Ben Graney, AFSG founder Freddy Arsenault, and member Matt Carlson discuss the Artists Financial Support Group mission:1. Educate student and professional artists on financial self-advocacy through workshops and publicat||3/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Artists Financial Support Group
I am a recent graduate of an arts program in NY and I was very worried about how I was going to navigate my way in the city without a definite job. After reaching out to my faculty and finding no real answers or assistance, a friend suggested that I check out this group's fb page. I was skeptical at first, but after reading over their page and listening to their podcasts, I felt like I found someone who really understood the information I was looking for. Each podcast was extremely informative and I feel like I can now survive in this harsh city, pay off my debts and not live in a cardboard box under the fdr.