Frequently asked questions

Do I have to give all of my work away for free?

That's the idea. Gifting work is the difference between the practice of creative tithing and a crowd sourcing platform. Our end goal is to be a part of a community where artists can make their best work and the art, now that it is free, can be accessible to a wide range of people.

Who do I give my work to, now?

This is up to each artist. Where once that question was answered by the logic of the market (whoever pays first or pays the most), there is now the potential for a more creative response. Who does get the art?

What happens when I don't want to support an artist any longer?

We'd recommend giving the artist a heads up. When you feel like stepping away, let the artist know in advance so a new person can step into that support position.

What should I set as my support goal?

Although its hard for some of us to come up with this number, be honest about what it takes to make your work. A poet may have a different cost of practice than a clothing designer. Someone living in New York may have a differrent cost of living than someone from Detroit. Some of us have kids, some don't. We recommend doing a budget and getting a sense of what it actually takes to make your work and live, and then asking for a realistic amount of support.

What if I currently rely on my income from artwork to cover my cost of living?

Each artist will answer this question in a different way. Some people will feel compelled to make an abrupt transtion; others won't. For those who want to make a more gradual transition, the "transition year" could be one way to be clear with your community about the amount of time it takes for you to gain the supporters needed to cover your practice.

What is a creative tithing cohort?

The creative tithing cohort is a small group of artists who have committed to support each other in the process and practice of creative tithing. The cohort offers creative and spiritual accountability, advocates, and serves as an ongoing reminder that life extends far beyond our own work.

Do I have to be religious to creative tithe?


How do I begin? How do I join a cohort?

The practice is simple and can be done by anyone. But general questions and questions about cohorts, reach out to us through the contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.