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Call For Artists – Build a Profitable Art Business in 6 months. Orientation Starts on July 2nd

Build a Profitable Art Business

Get ongoing business development on Zoom (and eventually in-person) with this 6-month business development program.

Goals

Help 300 artists actualize a profitable business system that complements their creative cycle through design thinking approaches, workshops, and ongoing exhibits.

Creating an incubator

After years of researching how artworks, I have come to realize that we are all different, we live differently, we have different business development needs, different advertising needs and different ways of doing things. 

I used the feedback from my research to design the ABLO and SMARTERai operational philosophies that borrow from proven project management principles. This incubation program is designed to accommodate artists and cater to their different business needs.  

 

However, the Hiscox report notes that online art sales may be benefitting from growth in other e-commerce sectors, as 73% of art buyers said they had bought other products in a similar price range online before buying art online. In 2017, that figure was just 68%. --- Source

 

Sessions are once per week

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

Click the link below to register

form.jotform.com/93126494193260

 

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ABLO + SMARTER

All projects at CreativeUTO go through 4 phases of development. These phases are alpha, beta, launch, operate. ABLO is part of the SMARTER system; both ABLO and SMARTER are based on project management principles and that will help manage the community and the projects involved.  Projects can cycle back to any of the 4 phases in ABLO. One such project is an online collaborative incubator for artists. We’re in the BETA phase of setting up the online incubator. 

 

BETA phase

We are in the alpha phase of the incubator, looking to gather a community of artists who will get to develop their business side through our workshops; where they will  get proper guidance to prepare a pitch deck for their organization detailing out  their value proposition, target market, sales funnel, and marketing plans.

 

While online art market growth may be plodding, one key trend has emerged: Big spenders—defined by Hiscox as collectors who spend more than $100,000 per year on art—are increasingly comfortable browsing and buying art online. The report notes that these big spenders are the most frequent visitors to online sales platforms, with 50% of them visiting multiple times per week—a big jump from the previous year, when just 38% of big spenders made multiple virtual trips per week to online art vendors. And those increasingly frequent visits are translating to more transactions—47% of big spenders said they bought art online in the last 12 months, up from 30% in the 2018 report. - Source

In house currency

Community members who earn MANA (our in house currency, built into your account on our website) can use it to trade for resources, cash out, or trade-in for a license to host workshops or their own projects.  

 

In house workshops include:

  •       SMARTER Collaboration
  •       The Art of the Sale
  •       Know Thyself
  •       Business Model Canvas 2020
  •       WordPress Website Workshop
  •       Get up to $7,000 in funding through Access

 

You walk away with knowledge on how to operate a profitable business system that fits your day to-day creative process

This includes: 

  • The freedom to fail and succeed
     
  • Free-flowing design thinking classes
  • Showcase your art at our upcoming exhibits
  • How to set up and operate your WordPress Website
  • Keyword research 
  • Get your pages on Google
  • Social media strategy
     
  • A Business Model Canvass to create a Pitch Deck
  • Sales funnel content & marketing strategy
  • A fully functional  website
     
  • Work on projects, or workshops in the community
  • Create a tribe and collaborate on projects together

 

  • Access to a community of artists
  • Access to events, programs, and workshops

Long term goals

  • Helps us create resources to help with homelessness, isolation and mental illness in our community
  • Build an ecosystem of 300 artists
  • Help us build the Artists and Social Innovation Expo. A 7 day 300 annual artist art installation.

Registration process 

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • Incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

 

Click the link below to register

form.jotform.com/93126494193260

Sessions are weekdays between

Design thinking classes targets everyone on the bell curve

  • 1 till 3 pm
  • 5 till 8 pm
  • 8 till 11 open house 

 

 

 

Creative Unicorns Strategy Workshop Facilitated By Salomeh Ahmadi

The Unicorn Strategy Workshop May 2020

Course Description

Develop your ability to innovate, think strategically, and gain a competitive advantage for your organization through strategy – placing the right resources in the right direction at the right time.

This course is designed to provide learners how to incorporate better business strategy and strategic thinking and apply essential business management principles to your idea or company. You'll see how planning and taking action over the long term can help realize business goals and objectives given the complex and dynamic context that might be unique to you. You'll examine case studies that cover a wide range of business situations and issues. You'll gain practical and focused strategic-planning thinking, and then explore and integrate functional business activities into the business plan.

You will develop your ability to think strategically, analyze the competitive environment, and recommend positioning and value creation. We will look at the fundamental tools you need to understand strategy: effective internal and stakeholder analysis; environmental analysis, value chain, core competencies, McKinsey's 7S Framework, SWOT-analysis, Porter’s 5 Forces, visioning, to name a few

Assess: where are you today?

Alternatives: what might you do / provide?

Choice: what should you do?

Objectives

  • Design the foundations of a strategic roadmap
  • Identify opportunities to improve your top and bottom line
  • Evaluate how internal and external forces might affect your strategic moves
  • Learn how to better thinking strategically
  • Touch on business growth strategy

About Salomeh Ahmadi

  • With an MBA and a background in the social sector, Salomeh focuses on connecting the parts to the whole in new and empowering ways. She brings experiences working in small and fast-paced organizations, with SMEs, and social entrepreneurs, providing research, strategic and critical thinking to resolve complex issues. A strong facilitator and creative problem solver - she hones in on the gaps while connecting it to the bigger picture.

Visit her website

https://www.navastrategy.com/

 

Registration

  • 1st Class July 2nd 2020
  • Register first so we can get on the same page
  • Pay and setup your account on CreativeUTO.ca when you're ready 
  • Your CreativeUTO account gives you access to the backend
  • CreativeUTO account accumulates Volume for activity (community currency)
  • Early bird Pay $45 for the 1st 2-months
  • The incubator is $75 per month for 6 months
  • You get continued support after through our Slack community
  • Our classes will be through Zoom (where we will setup multiple rooms)
  • Once Social Distancing restrictions change they will eventually be in person

For more info about our whole program click here

Click the link below to register

#TOArtGiftIdeas – We Sell Your Art on our Merchandise. You Profit Share

We Sell Your Art on our Merchandise. You Profit Share

Toronto Art Gift Ideas is an on-going marketing campaign designed to sell art. It is designed to bring awareness to Toronto artists who participate in our exhibits by selling their artwork through CUTO branded merchandise, including photo books, postcards, high-resolution posters, and t-shirts. 

 

 

 

 

Art Gift Ideas

Merchandise will be sold directly on our website, where patrons can order art through artists’ individual stores or become unicorns through our Patreon account. Unicorns get a box, or any one of the included items, such as postcards, t-shirts, and/or the monthly photobook

Click here to register

 

How it Works?

  1. Register through the form below
  2. When you submit your art you will get an E-mail verification code
  3. You'll get an invite to an account on Slack
  4. Set up a shop on WordPress
  5. You'll be able to use your account for future events
  6. We notify you of your sales
  7. We payout every month through Paypal

 

Selection process

  • We will work with a select few artists
  • We will push to publish every art submitted on IG
  • Part of our selection process is based on likes

 

Royalties for Artists

Once artists supply their art and their interview, we begin working on including them in our next volume. We then schedule their work accordingly for the next iteration of CUTO Art Box. The goal is to keep these boxes as varied as possible in order to maintain the element of surprise for our patrons.

 

Profit Share Payout

  • 30% : CreativeUTO and Contractors
  • 60% : Artists for Group of Products or Individual Pieces
  • 10% : Strategic Partners

 

 

 

Kaasy - Keywords targeted on Instagram

We will use the research and development from The Annex Art Party 6, and package it into a function called Keyword Adaptive Advertising System (KAASy). This will be used to target keywords on Facebook and Instagram for advertising and canvass anyone who posts these hashtags to build awareness. We will also present options at the end of each video we publish, as well as our blogs on the CreativeUTO.ca website

 

 

300 Unicorns - Potluck Meetup

A two-hour event where we share our food and culture, what it means to be creative entrepreneurs, and collaborate on each other's project outlines through a design and thinking process. Artists are welcome and encouraged to participate in our business development programs, such as our Potluck Meetup, which is broadcasted on our podcast. Our Meetup is every Sunday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm and it will be broadcasted live in the TOArtGifIdeas platform.

 

Develop Influencers

We will use the Meetup to help artists create a project outline to determine their direction, sales strategy, and social media strategy. 

  • All artists who participated in The Annex Art Party are pre-registered
  • Notify us to assign your account
  • Upload your art directly to the website
  • Set up your online store
  • Manage your store on your own time without restrictions
  • Access to 24/7 chat support on Slack

 

Fundraising

The purpose of this podcast is to help Unicorns develop their projects and raise funding for CUTO Marketplace: a five-day expo that brings together investors, industry professionals, influencers, vendors, artists, coders, and performers to purchase art, workshops, services, and exchange skills and information.

Call To Artists – 100 Toronto Artists Talk: Isolation, Homelessness & Mental Health

100 Toronto Artist Talk Isolation, Mental Health & Homelessness

  • We're looking to ask 100 artists about #isolation, #homelessness, and #mentalhealth in the art community through our #ArtistoftheWeek interviews. The interviews will be published on video, through our network and our marketplace on CreativeUTO alongside your art and links back to your store.
    Our goal is to use the information from the interviews to spread the word, help with research and push for solutions in the creative community

Participate - Click this link to start publishing your interview (publishing is free)

Our goals for 2020

  • Interview + publish 100 artists, coders, creators and developers (in 2020)
  • Publish at least 1 artist interview every 2 to 3 days
  • Present 100 artists for #100artgiftideas #TO by November 2020

 

The Artists of the Month

  • Artist of the Month is determined by the artist that generates the most volume (volume = sales, shares, comments, views & likes).
  • It ranks your popularity amongst 100s of other CreativeUTO published artists
  • Volume is the name of the currency built in to the CreativeUTO community
  • Volume is rewarded based on activity
  • We use data, metrics, analytics from Google, Facebook, and SMARTERai
  • Artist of the Month receives a free unicorn membership
  • Artist of the Month wins a Unicorn Award for that month

Publishing cycle

Artist of the Week will be announced and published between Monday and Tuesday.

  • All artists are notified of their publish date.
  • We publish 3 posts focused on the #AotW
  • We heavily promote it on Facebook and Instagram by paying for ads and sharing posts manually
  • We use videos and picture ads
  • Artist of the Week gets featured in our weekly art pop-up at CSI Annex (valued $60)
  • 2 month membership with CreativeUTO (valued at $60)
  • Business canvas model workshop, a sales funnel hierarchy (1 hour per class 4 hours) ($160)
  • A free table at the next Annex Art Party ($45 per table)
  • Gets automatically entered in our #100GiftIdeas 2019 edition for the holidays.

Our Network

  • We use our growing network of creative entrepreneurs which includes an E-mail list of 352 users, a Meetup group 500+ coders, a Facebook Group of 236 Unicorns with videos that have over 1,000 views (within a few days) each, and an Instagram page with over 1,700 followers and over 1,000 views in 7 days (as of March 24th 2019).

Demographics

Between March 5th and April 28th we had a 4,655 post reach on our Facebook fan page, about 155 views per day, up 56% from the previous month they consisted of

  • 52% women
  • 44% men
  • 71% between the ages of 25 and 54
  • 53% between the ages of 25 and 44

The FMiMBranding and CreativeUTO continues to grow daily with our posts consistently ranking on the first Google through our mastery of SEO automation.

Extended Network reach

  • We buy advertisement from social media to extend our reach
  • We use their engines to place your art in front of the people looking for it NOW

Start My Project – Community Calendar

Start My Project - Community Calendar

Use this calendar to navigate through on going events, projects, programs, workshops & resources

Who we are?

  • A profit share-based incubator system that helps develop creative entrepreneurs through SMARTER Collaboration

Profit share + creative community

  • This community is designed for us to actively participate on projects; each project will be carefully mapped out on Trello and have a monetary value attached. The structure will be broken down into 4 milestones, each with its own tasks to reach there. These milestones are, Alpha phase (gather info),Beta phase (test it amongst close friends), Launch phase and Monitor. The largest portion of the compensation will always go back to the creator (up to 60%). A portion of the profit goes to participants who help along the project, and the rest goes to the community, overheads, or other projects. These percentages are determined before a project is launched during the Alpha phase. Community members can vote on which project to take on.

For more insight go to who we are

Start a project - this link will help you create a project outline

Publish your service/art/project/workshop (free)

Buy Membership - Participate in profit share

Log in into your account

Personalize Your Account (options) 

 

Start My Project – Create & Submit Project Outline

Who we are?

  • A profit share-based incubator system that helps develop creative entrepreneurs through SMARTER Collaboration

How it works

This community is designed for us to actively participate on projects; each project will be carefully mapped out on Trello and have a monetary value attached. The structure will be broken down into 4 milestones, each with its own tasks to reach there. These milestones are, Alpha phase (gather info), Beta phase (test it amongst close friends), Launch phase and Monitor. The largest portion of the compensation will always go back to the creator (up to 60%). A portion of the profit goes to participants who help along the project, and the rest goes to the community, overheads, or other projects. These percentages are determined before a project is launched during the Alpha phase. Community members can vote on which project to take on.

More Insight 

Registration

  • We use this form understand you, your values, and your goals. The registration process allows us to use the arithmetic of SMARTER collaboration to fit you in our community by assigning workshops, event space, vending opportunities, or wall space to help you realize your goals.
     
  • CUTO Marketplace is an incubator space that will help develop entrepreneurs through workshops and by actively producing their projects; each project will be carefully mapped out on Trello and have a monetary value attached