308 Prince St.
St. Paul MN 55101
Springboard for the Arts' mission is to cultivate a vibrant arts community by connecting artists with the skills, contacts, information and services they need to make a living and a life.
Incorporated in 1991, Springboard has supported the arts community with management and consulting services for more than 20 years. Springboard's vision and commitment has gained national recognition as a model for professional development services to artists, arts organizations, and arts administrators.
Individual Consultations for artists wishing to develop the professional presentation of their work and find new audiences. Our Artist Services professionals help artists set goals and develop realistic strategies to help them reach those goals. Through these consultations, hundreds of artists have advanced their careers: by polishing demo tapes, getting published in magazines and securing shows at art galleries.
Career Counselors provide one-on-one consultations that are discipline-specific. Our roster of six working artists were chosen because of their high quality of work, success and recognition within their field and excellent mentorship and teaching skills.
Workshops on topics such as pricing one’s work, financial and time management, starting an arts business, marketing and communications, professional practices and career planning.
Springboard’s Artist Loan Fund (ALF) has loaned money to nearly 200 Twin Cities artists during the past nine years. Loans are from $1000 to $5000 for artistic development and artistic business purposes. The fund is not only a source of loans, but is also an artist friendly opportunity for business and financial skill development.
Springboard’s Emergency Relief Fund was established to meet the emergency needs of artists who find themselves in need of immediate monies to cover an expense due to loss from fire, theft, a health emergency, or other catastrophic, career threatening event. The Fund is meant to be used to expedite recovery from a specific economic crisis so that the applicant may continue working. Artists may access up to $500 to meet unexpected “emergency” expenses.
Resource Center for artists at Springboard's office, including free internet access, inexpensive copying and faxing and convenient meeting spaces.
Workshops and Consulting for arts and cultural organizations. Services include facilitation of strategic and organizational planning, board retreats, workshops on planning, fundraising and collaboration.
Springboard's Fiscal Sponsorship & Incubator program provides fiscal sponsorship for arts groups who are not ready to become non-profits and assists them in managing their financial affairs professionally.
The Resource Guide for Minnesota Artists, is an online searchable database on Springboard’s website that includes over 1,000 listings of information on arts organizations, funding resources and grant deadlines, health and human services and business and legal services.
The Attorney Referral Service provides access to pro bono or reduced cost legal advice for artists, through Springboard’s ongoing association with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Referrals for accountants, photographers and recording studios are also provided.
Springboard’s online Job Book is the only arts job listing service in Minnesota, attracting more than 50,000 visitors each month.
Springboard's Internship Book lists internships, apprenticeships and studio assistant positions in the arts.
Springboard Gift Certificates for workshops, consultations or other services are the perfect gift for the artist in your life.
Artists’ Access to Healthcare (AAH), a partnership with the Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.), helps uninsured and underinsured artists access low-cost medical care. Through AAH, artists may apply for a voucher to use towards services at the N.I.P. Community Clinic in Uptown, Minneapolis. Artists may also access our online Guide to Healthcare, which contains resources, tips and definitions to help navigate the healthcare system.