This page is updated regularly with tools and resources to ensure that independent artists and freelance creatives have the support they need. 

If you know of resources that need to be added to this page, send them to Kennita Hickman at khickman [at]


Freelance Copywriting Opp at SaintA

SaintA is looking for freelance copywriters for multiple projects with tight turnarounds (one-two weeks). The rate is $60/hour.

"Our current copy was all generated internally by each department, and while it's all very technical and professional, none of it means much to someone who's not already working within their chosen field. We're looking for copywriters who are able to translate all that expertise into a compelling sales pitch for the people who would most benefit from the services."

If you know of qualified writers, please have them reach out directly to Polina Makievsky at with an introduction, samples and availability. Make sure they name check Imagine MKE in the email/subject line.

Skylight Theatre | Lead House Manager

Skylight Theatre is looking for a Lead House Manager. The House Manager for the Broadway Theatre Center is responsible that all front-of-house operations are conducted in a safe, courteous, and professional manner. The House Manager schedules, trains, recruits and supervises the Assistant House Managers and volunteer usher corps. Interested applicants should apply by October 8th.

For application instructions and more info on the job, see here

Skylight Theatre | Early Career Professionals Interns

Skylight Theatre is looking for college and post college grads for their Early Career Professionals intern program. The ECP performers will serve as standbys for mainstage productions during the current 2020-21 season. The interns will receive one-on-one coaching from Unger, who also oversees Skylight’s education program, as well as from Skylight directors, music directors, choreographers, and professional performers.

The ECP interns may also participate in education programming, concerts, community events, and other related activities. The ECP program is intended for college and post-college theatre performers, and participants must have local housing and transportation. ECP interns are hired on a per-show basis, and will be paid a small stipend.

Interested applicants need to submit their headshot, resume and links to two contrasting musical theatre songs to Deadline for submissions is October 4, 2020. Skylight is an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a diverse work environment.

Western Resource Advocates | Remote Graphic Design Intern

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) seeks a creative and driven graphic designer to remotely join our Digital Marketing team as a fall intern. The Graphic Design Intern will report to the Digital Marketing Manager and bring WRA to life by assisting with our End of Year marketing campaign and other design projects. This is a great opportunity to learn and grow while working with nonprofit marketing professionals.

This is a remote, paid and part time position. You do NOT need to be currently enrolled in college to apply. To learn more about the position and apply here.


Workshop Teachers

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (BBCM) is working to expand its educational mission and the private, nonprofit organization is seeking visual artists who can teach 45-90 minute, family-friendly, hands-on Workshops via Zoom as part of Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Play in the Cloud initiative powered by GLOMADO.

The Museum is partnering with GLOMADO (GLObal MAkers and DOers), the first platform to offer live, online Workshops led by Instructors from across the globe. BBCM is looking for Milwaukee-based artists who are interested in teaching small, interactive classes to children. The maximum number of Learners per Workshop is six students. Workshops are live, however selected Instructors teach when it is convenient for them! Many Workshops include GLOkits, which are small kits that contain the main Workshop supplies and are mailed to the participants. After acceptance into the network, participating artists will need to send Workshop materials (if required) to the GLOMADO fulfillment center. Compensation (paid via GLOMADO) is between $20-$50 per Workshop taught.

This is an open call, however BBCM is seeking to have its first set of approved Instructors ready for an October 2020 launch. To read the full description, click here. To apply, click here.

Get Out the Vote Posters - Washington

Washington’s CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL ART and Washington’s MILLENNIUM ARTS SALON, both 501-(c)-(3) nonprofits, are issuing this Open Call for Art to illustrate Get-Out-the-Vote posters to be shown in a juried exhibition in Washington, circulated on Social Media, and possibly displayed on billboards in cities across the country. Deadline is October 3, 2020. Read here for eligibility and more information 

Interested in having your music featured on a podcast?

Black Imagination podcast hosted by Antoine Carter and Kennita Hickman are looking for Milwaukee music for to play during the show. We'd love instrumentals and full songs (instrumental and vocals). All genres are welcome.

Email us at OR and use PODCAST MUSIC in the subject line

Our podcast will be inviting experts to join us to discuss issues that are important to artists' ability to work and thrive, especially during the pandemic. Have a suggestion of a topic that would be useful to you? Reach out at pod [at]

Space Rental
The Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward has rental availability for its two theaters, as well as other performance and meeting spaces. These spaces are available for a permanent or intermittent tenant and are ideally suited for theatre/dance/comedy and all types of performance groups. The facility also offers rehearsal rooms, technical services support, a full-service box office, and production scenic studios to help with scenic, costume, and properties needs.

For rental information, contact, call (414) 299-4957, or visit

Unemployment Benefits

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available to those who have been self employed, including certain independent contractors and those otherwise not eligible to apply for traditional unemployment.

Everyone deserves access to nutritious food. Here’s a list of resources to support your short term needs and long term needs.

  • FoodShare – Federal program to help individuals experiencing a food emergency. Foodshare is now available to folks who have been self employed, certain independent contractors, and those otherwise not eligible due to lack of traditional employment. You can check your eligibility here.
  • Tandem – Chef Caitlyn Cullen is giving away free meals Monday through Friday from 11a to 4pm (or until supplies run out). Daily menu posted on Tandem’s Facebook page and often includes at least one vegan option.
  • Hunger Taskforce has created a comprehensive map to show trusted, open food pantry sites throughout Milwaukee County. You can search via zipcode to see what’s available in your neighborhood.


  • Need health insurance? Not sure if Medicare, COBRA, BadgerCare or Healthcare Marketplace is for you? Covering Wisconsin connects you with a healthcare navigator to connect you to healthcare for you and your family. 
  • Here are recommended community health centers that support most insurance providers AND offer a sliding pay scale. Sliding pay scales allow uninsured and under-insured individuals to receive services at a reduced rate. Services include (but aren’t limited to) dental, mental health support, and primary care support. Outreach Community Health Center, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, Progressive Community Health Centers 

Energy Assistance

  • Energy Assistance is available for those who need help covering electricity/ heat bills. It is income based. This link allows you to see if you qualify and make a phone appointment to apply for benefits. 

Milwaukee-based Artist Relief Funds

  • Milwaukee Ballet
  • MIAD 
  • MARN
  • Wisconsin Performing Artist Assistance (WPAA): The goal of the organization is to pair artists in need with sponsors who want to help support them financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists create a wishlist of items they need, which is sent to a sponsor who purchases items for them. All information is kept confidential and no financial information changes hands.

Milwaukee-based Business Resources
Resource for small Black Businesses: Grants up to $2000 are available for small black business owners via African American Chamber of Commerce. Applications go live on June 8th. Click here to learn about applicant requirements.

National Resources
Here's a link to a national artist relief fund that's distributing $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Please click the link to learn more about how to apply.