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Mission Statements for Artists

Image of ancient inscriptions on a gold plaque

While you probably don’t need to carve your mission statement in gold, it’s a good idea to write it down and post it someplace where you will be reminded of why your art business exists

One thing most successful businesses have in common is that have a mission that defines why they exist, what they hope to accomplish and how they interact with the world around them. For many companies this mission is distilled down into a statement or series of statements that describes their mission. Many companies have a formal mission statement which they use to guide their overall actions. For other companies their mission statement may be informal and for far too many companies they don’t have a mission statement at all – probably not a great choice!

Creating a mission statement for your art or creative business is one of the most important and perhaps most difficult tasks in developing your business plan. In a sentence or two you describe why your business exists, what you sell and to whom, and should include a bit of your “secret sauce.” In short, your mission statement is what gets you up in the morning! Your mission statement should guide your strategies and everyday actions so that you can achieve your art business goals. Continue reading

Art Marketing – Use Public Relations To Build Your Website Traffic Part III

Once you have developed your message and media you are ready for your press release

Once you have developed your message and media you are ready for your press release

It takes more than just having a website, online gallery or gallery show to get more people experiencing your art and ultimately buying from you!  In the first part of this series Art Marketing – Use Public Relations To Build Your Website Traffic Part I we took a look at what public relations is and why it is important to growing your art business. In the second part of this series Art Marketing – Use Public Relations To Build Your Website Traffic Part II we looked at the various venues or outlets for your message and a few tips on how to work with the media.

In this final part of the series Art Marketing – Use Public Relations To Build Your Website Traffic Part III, we will take a look at how to prepare a media kit and press release. Remember public relations (PR) can be one of your most powerful marketing tools.

Once you have decided that you have something newsworthy about your art or art business AND you have decided on the appropriate media and audience, you are ready to develop a press release and media kit.

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Galleries, Shows and Exhibitions – Art Gallery Contracts

Make sure you know what you are getting into before signing an agreement with an art gallery

Make sure you know what you are getting into before signing an agreement with an art gallery

In the previous article, Galleries, Shows, and Other Opportunities to Show Your Work I took a look at a variety of options to show and exhibit your work. In this article I will explore some things you should consider before entering into an agreement to show your work with a gallery or other third party venue.

Having your work shown in a gallery can be a great way to build your art brand and support your other marketing efforts. If you are represented by a gallery you are entering into an agreement between you and the gallery. As with any agreement it is important to know what you are getting into. The same goes for having your work shown on an online gallery as well.

Good business relationships are based on having a good understanding and an agreement of what is expected of all parties. I have heard from many galleries that artists are a “pain” to work with and an equal amount of artists that say that galleries are a “pain” to work with. My suspicion is that most of this comes from relationships forged on a lack of understanding of what is expected, who is responsible for what, and typically the lack of a formal written agreement.

A gallery agreement is a legal document

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Art Marketing – Selling Art Is Like Selling Potato Chips

Selling Art and Potato Chips Have a Lot More In Common Than You Might Think!

Selling Art and Potato Chips Have a Lot More In Common Than You Might Think!

I come from the business world. In over thirty years of business planning, marketing and research I have had the opportunity to work with successful (as well as my share of not so successful) startups to some of the world’s biggest and best known brands. These successful companies had a lot more in common than you might think. What they had in common was a grasp for the basics of marketing, consumer behavior and a good plan of action with the management to execute it.

When I was first asked to develop and teach the course Artrepreneurship at the Center for Innovation at Metropolitan State University of Denver to teach business to students in the arts I was excited but a bit apprehensive – I went to business school not art school! So here is my premise – selling art (or anything for that matter) is like selling potato chips, you do the basic things, you do them right and you have a chance to succeed. Don’t do them and you are set for failure.

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