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The Proof Is In

We surveyed over 1000 basic, premium, and non-member artists. The results will surprise you!

On average, Side Arts Premium members earn 20% more art income annually by using the Premium search and save features, proving that Side Arts pays for itself and then some.

Our unique, advanced search and alert features stands out when compared to Basic members who earn just 3% more art income annually searching Side Arts manually.

The breakdown of the percent of art income earned is as follows:

  • Exhibitions – 71%
  • Vendor events – 11%
  • Requests for proposals – 9%
  • Competitions – 6%
  • Grants and fellowships – 3%

Members say they are more than likely to recommend Side Arts to a friend.

Artists responded that the most important factors of calls for artists are ranked in the following order:

  1. Earn more art income
  2. Trusting the opportunity
  3. Saving time while searching

Artists say:

  • “No other service has this unique level of search and save features. I find exactly what I need.”
  • “Excellent! Can’t get enough.”
  • “Great service, promises exactly as delivered.”

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Friday Tip: Sorting for Active Listings

Great question from a member, Tara Holl, this week: How do I screen out expired or active listings?

Side Arts only posts new, active listings from our clients – no duplicates and no passed listings.

  • Use the Active category to see only current listings.
  • Use the Expired category to see only listings which have passed their deadline. This is a great way to research clients that have offered listings in the past.

Status Category

  • Use the other categories to refine your search by location, type of call, award amount, and so on.
All members can search and premium members can save their search preferences.

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Updates – Friday, November 13, 2015

 

This weeks’s updates includes separating out the residencies into their own category.

As a reminder, anyone that offers recommendations for bug fixes or new features that are implemented will receive free listings or a few months of professional membership. Send your ideas to mail@sidearts.com.

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Site Updates – November 2015

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SideArts community,

This month, we introduce:

  • Social sign-in. Use your social networks (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter) to sign in to SideArts. That’s one less password to remember!
  • Upgraded social sharing feature. It is easier to share your favorite listings on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Fix: Password recover feature.  This was a bit buggy, but we have it straightened out.

What’s coming soon?

  • Automated billing reminders.
  • Text alerts for professional users.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com (or use the new customer service widget).

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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Password Reset

Side Arts community,

Some members have reported difficulty with the password reset/retrieval feature. If you are unable to recover your password, please email mail@sidearts.com. We will reset and resend your password for you.

Our tech heads are working on the issue and should have it resolved soon.

Thank you for your patience.

-Todd and the Side Arts team.

Update 5 Nov 2015: Password reset has been fixed.

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Site Updates – October 2015

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SideArts community,

This month, we introduce:

  • Improved customer service support – use the question mark in the lower right to send questions and make suggestions.
  • Updated Emerging and Professional-level artist icons on profiles
  • Updated and clearer member sign-up page.

What’s coming soon?

  • Automated billing reminders.
  • Text alerts for professional users.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com (or use the new customer service widget).

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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Site Updates – September 2015

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SideArts community,

We’ve been hard at work making some big improvements. This month, we introduce:

  • Version one of our responsive mobile site. Browse our listings much easier on your mobile device and tablets.
  • New 6 month and yearly professional membership levels. Save time and receive fewer emails by upgrading beyond the monthly account. Save money using the discounted price for the yearly account.

What’s coming soon?

  • Improved customer service support.
  • Automated billing reminders.
  • Text alerts for professional users.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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Site Updates – Summer 2015

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SideArts community,

This summer we have been focused on improving security for our users. Although not as noticeable on the outside, we have been updating many of our security features to protect our artist and business users. These periodic updates ensures that your data is safe with us.

What’s coming soon?

  • Enabled responsive mobile functionality.
  • Updated email alert features for premium members.
  • Adding yearly and two year subscription options for artists.

We do our best to test all updates prior to going live, but sometimes bugs slip past us.  If you see any errors or have any suggestions, report them to mail@sidearts.com.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

-Todd and the SideArts team

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What types of businesses does SideArts serve?

SideArts serves a range of business types. The most common include art organizations, art galleries, event promoters, private businesses, local governments, educational institutes, and museums.

What is a business?

  • Prior to generating revenue, an entity is considered a hobby.
  • Once an entity has generated revenue, it is considered a business.

In the USA, revenue can be described a number of ways including fees from sales, memberships, donations, gift monies, financial investments, and more.

Depending on your local government, how much revenue generated will determine when your business should be incorporated. For example: In 2015 in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an entity must incorporate if it generates more than $600US dollars in a fiscal year.

(There are other ways of filing taxes and deductions as an individual, but we won’t get into those details here.)

Businesses may choose to file their articles of incorporation in any number of ways. This is primarily done in order to take advantage of different tax and liability laws. In the USA, popular incorporation types include S-Corps, C-Corps, B-Corps, LLCs, Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, and 501(c)3s. Outside the USA, there are many more types of incorporation types available.

What type of entity your business is incorporated as will determine whether it is for-profit or non-profit. An apt comparison is that a non-profit organization is to a business as a red apple is to a fruit.

Non-profit type entities were wildly popular in the USA during the 80’s and 90’s, although new formations have become discouraged by investors and philanthropists due to their high rate of unsustainability. The more popular B-Corps have taken their place in preference of the structure’s focus on triple-bottom lines.

Now you know more about corporate structures. Easy-peasy!

Learn more best practices for calls for artists at our FAQ page.

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Who to include as your listing’s point of contact

Side Arts listings require information in order to process your listing. Each answer is important in terms of making sure you get the most out of your listing.

Transparency is important to our artist members. They trust that we hold our clients accountable for their listings. Providing the most relevant information proves that the client is not just a faceless organization or phishing exercise and, in turn, increases response rates.

Each listing requires

  • Public point-of-contact email
  • Email for administrative use
  • Name for administrative use

Public point-of-contact

Email for administrative use

  • Where SideArts staff can contact the listings administrator for questions or concerns about the listing.
  • May be general (art@yourbusiness.com) or specific (jdoe@yourbusiness.com), but preferably specific.
  • The person that manages this email address is often both the person that posts and markets the listing, although in the case of some larger organizations, there may be two individuals that divide these responsibilities.
  • SideArts will send this email address information about their account, listing updates, and information on best practices for marketing the listing.

Name for administrative use

  • This is the person that is most responsible for posting listings and managing the client’s SideArts account.
  • A full name (first and last) is required for account set up and maintenance.
  • Although not shown to our artist members, providing a contact name proves transparency and helps to address quickly any account issues.

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