I hope everyone enjoyed Turkey Day this year, I know I did. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to give you guys a look at how businesses and artists are trying to give back and overcome the mechanics of an industry that can be overbearing at times. It’s getting harder for artists and businesses to fight the behemoth companies and have chance at being successful. Despite the odds, many of them are still trying and doing a great job of it. Here’s a look at what they’ve been doing:
Sellaband looking to grow, and continue supporting artists
Sellaband is a global crowd-funding site for artists that gives offers a platform where fans can directly support them financially. German-based Sellaband has been in the business of helping artists for a while, and has faced a few obstacles along the way. Despite the setbacks, they have remained focused on their goal of giving artists, such as Aryn Michelle and Public Enemy, the chance to make music with the help of their fans. Recently, Sellaband has launched a worldwide A&R program (WARP) in an effort to find artists around the world who can benefit from their service. WARP participants will each cover one of ten geographical regions: West Coast US, East Coast US, Japan, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux States, Eastern Europe, and Australia. Participants will receive an official business card, Sellaband email, and percentage of funding to help them locate talented artists who are established enough to benefit from a crowd-funding campaign. Anyone who is interested should contact the Sellaband team at email@example.com.
Local DC venues partner together to fight the power.
If your from DC, 9:30 Club is most likely your favorite venue. 930 has been recognized nationally as a top touring venue, but has experienced limited success thanks to Live Nation’s presence in the market, as well as regional promoters such as AEG, C3, and NY’s BB Kings/Blue Note consortium. Live Nation’s newly opened Fillmore venue in nearby Silver Spring, MD has prompted the 9:30 Club to enter into a strategic booking partnership with the venue neighbor, U Street Music Hall. The partnership allows for the two venues to stay competitive with Live Nation by allowing each venue’s promoters to book and present shows at either location. I love this! I wish all the little guys looked out for each other, the world would be a much better place.
In between financing and supporting Artists, Artspire has found time to right a book.
Artspire, a web-community that aids artists in many ways, has just released a “A Profitable Artists: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts.” The book provides testimonials, anecdotes and in-depth case studies on “best practices” strategies on how to overcome the recurring issues artists face regardless of background, experience, or artistic medium. Artspire, which is managed by the New York Foundation for the Arts, has provided essential services for artists across all disciplines since 1971. The book compiles the NYFA’s efforts over the years into book form. It gives a simple, well-informed business perspective to DIY artists who don’t know the proper steps to take in marketing and distributing their artistic content. Great resource!
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