To access a list of trusted businesses providing promotional, technical, and artistic services in the Chicagoland area, visit our Preferred Vendors List.

Free and Nonprofit Services

Fiscal Agencies


  • Artsearch The essential search for careers in the arts.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Interactive
    This website offers access to the most comprehensive list of resources for artists in the nation, opening doors to the widest range of financial, educational, technological, and institutional resources and information.
  • Donors Forum
    Donors Forum is the premier resource for networking and education, information and knowledge, and leadership and advocacy on behalf of philanthropy and nonprofits in Illinois.
  • Kemper Fellowship Program
    The Kemper Fellowship Program allows college undergrads the opportunity to apply for a paid internship positions.
  • Foundation Center: An online database (both free and with subscription) that allows grant searches by state, funding focus, etc.


The Dancer’s Fund

The Dancers’ Fund provides financial assistance (grants) to dance community professionals dealing with critical health issues creating a significant financial, emergency, or catastrophic hardship. Although this program was created in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the dance community, our mission has now broadened. The fund offers assistance in, but not limited to, the following areas: housing, utilities, insurance, medication and travel.

Designed to help qualified individuals meet their financial obligations while dealing with their health issues, The Dancers’ Fund is available to Chicago-based, professionally trained working dancers and those whose primary source of income is derived by serving the dance community. This includes, but is not limited to: dancers in a professional dance company, choreographers, dance company full-time administration/production/technical personnel, full-time dance instructors, freelance dancers, musical theatre chorus dancers, and full-time class/rehearsal piano accompanists.

UIC Health and the Arts Program

The mission of the Health in the Arts Program is to diagnose, treat and prevent arts-related disorders among people working in all aspects of the arts.

Working Today
Working Today is a national not-for-profit dedicated to providing low-cost health insurance for individual artists, freelancers, and small 501(c)3 organizations. Coverage is through a HIP HMO plan.

The Dancers’ Resource
Recognizing that the situations faced by injured dancers are all-encompassing in terms of both life and career, the program was started to create a support system that addresses the needs of dancers.

Professional Services

  • Cheryl Mann
    Professional photography services.
  • JAC Communications
    JAC Communications, owned by Jill Chukerman, handles publications projects and public relations programs for corporate and nonprofit clients.
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts
    LCA provides pro bono legal services to qualifying Chicago individuals and organizations in the arts.
  • Leah Martin
    Social Media Specialist. Leah has worked with companies including Audience Architects, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Chicago Tap Theatre, Can’t Wait Productions, Johnny Nevin/aotpr, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Northwestern University, and many more!
  • The Silverman Group, led by Beth Silverman since 1999, is a prominent Chicago-centric public relations boutique firm specializing in the arts – from dance, theater and music to film, visual arts, comedy and hospitality.  The Silverman Group is a collective of committed and passionate senior-level professionals who provide expert media relations and promotional assistance.  Website: or call 312-932-9950.


  • Audience Architects Focus Group Report
    Audience Architects, with the support of the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development and the Illinois Arts Council, conducted a needs assessment of the Chicago dance community to enhance the understanding of priority concerns amongst dance organizations. (2011)
  • SMID Study Report
    Serving Dance in Chicago: A Planning Process for Small to Mid-sized Companies and Independent Artists (2005).

Service Organizations

  • Arts & Business Council of Chicago
    A&BC-Chicago supports arts groups by strengthening the management of their organizations through educational programs like workshops and forums, and business services linking the for-profit sector.
  • Chicago Artist Resource
    Offers comprehensive resources for dancers’ professional development and frequently updated directories of local opportunities and facilities.
  • Chicago Arts Service Directory
    Developed to connect arts organizations and individual artists to the groups that can support them, this directory includes contact information, descriptions, and a chart of services for a variety of expert arts service organizations in the Chicago area.
  • Dance USA
    Dance USA sponsors council meetings for member artists and groups to meet and discuss current issues and trends in the field, to network in a peer-to-peer, collaborative environment.
  • Fractured Atlas
    Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.
  • Go Tour
    Go Tour gives independent artists the tools they need to take their show on the road.
  • Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation
    IAAF provides research, public education, programs, and information to enhance the health of nonprofit arts organizations, encourages support of the arts, and highlight the arts’ impact on Illinois communities.


  • TechSoup
    TechSoup is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a clear focus: connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with technology products, plus the free learning resources you need to make informed decisions about technology.
  • Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
    Membership organization of nonprofit technology professionals. Helps nonprofits use all aspects of technology more effectively with webinars, access to new research and industry reports and IT trainings.

Work Spaces

  • SpaceFinder Chicago
    A comprehensive, searchable database of arts venues and facilities for rent in the Chicagoland area.
  • Arts Partners in Residence Program at the Chicago Park District
    Artists are offered rehearsal space in neighborhood parks in exchange for teaching classes to park constituencies. Contact Jacqui Ulrich in the ECSE office to inquire.
  • Lou Conte Dance Studio
    Lou Conte Dance Studio’s state of the art facilities are available for auditions, rehearsals, photo and video shoots.
  • Links Hall
    Links Hall is clean, light, warm, private, and has a great modern dance floor. The space is available for hourly rental through the Creative Time program.