In the beginning months and years of Art Biz Success, I thought of my services as a one-stop shop. Bad idea. It’s never a good idea to try to be everything because you then become known for nothing.
Over the years, I have learned to work to my strengths, which include helping artists with foundational marketing pieces like building mailing lists, nurturing relationships, and improving professional presentation.
Regarding other business services for artists, I am happy to have had long-standing relationships with the following people. I consider them to be my team of experts. We’re partners in helping you share your gifts with more people, and I confidently recommend each of them.
Contact Maria if you’d like a second set of eyes to review your contract or her input on a proposal. She prides herself as a dealmaker. You can also talk with her about relationships with licensing agents.
Kim Bruce of Artbiz
Kim owns Artbiz.ca (no relation to ArtBizCoach.com) and is a wiz at helping artists create beautiful WordPress websites and blogs. You can do it yourself with her tutorials or hire her to do it all for you.
Lisa’s numerous online classes for the creative side of the art business have received raves from her students. I frequently recommend her “Working in Series” class to students who are struggling to build a portfolio. I put her under business services because you won’t have an art business until you’ve created a strong body of work.
Barney knows the market for digital prints and reproductions. In fact, he wrote the book on it! Go to Barney for his expertise in that area.
Carolyn Edlund of ArtsyShark
With all of her experience in retail, Carolyn is my go-to person for artists who want to wholesale their work. She also knows sales speak and sales techniques.
Paul Klein of Klein Artist Works
When you want in on what goes on in the upper tiers of the art world, Paul’s your guy. Klein Artist Works offers a broad array of over 250 live, hour-long webinars with art world experts. <Update: Sadly, Paul has passed since this was first posted. We miss him dearly.>
Janice McDonald Design
Visual communication is a talent that is very different from fine art. Most artists make lousy graphic designers. You should stick to your genius and get help with your marketing material design.
Janice is a fabulous collage artist with training as a graphic designer. When my designer went AWOL on me last year, Janice helped me pick up the pieces. <Update: Janice is no longer taking on new clients.>
Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse
Every so often, one of my clients wants to write a book, and that’s when I send them to Cynthia, the coach who held my hand throughout the writing of I’d Rather Be in the Studio. Cynthia is an amazing writing coach and supportive friend.
Tara Reed of Art Licensing Info
When I first met Tara back in 2009 in Portland, she was starting to consult in art licensing. Now she has an entire empire! Her site has a wealth of info products for learning the licensing business. She can help you package your work for licensing. <Update: Tara sold Art Licensing Info, but it appears to continue to thrive.>
Who Are Your Partners?
It takes a village to build an art business, and you are lucky that there are so many people ready to help. This is a very different atmosphere than when I started Art Biz Success in 2002.
I know you’ll be in good hands should you need help with any of these services. (None of these are affiliate links.)
Who are your partners?