i am scheduled to do a raw event in a few weeks but have heard terrible things from everyone about how it is a scam. can you please please share your experience with me?
Yes I have showcased with RAW before, and they are an awesome organization. They are not a scam. I think the concept of pay-to-play or showcase is misinterpreted. For any emerging artists within the first few years of their coming out professional, especially to the public. You are going to as they say "pay your dues."
Fpr example as a visual artists, to start building a resume, one of the things you will be doing is juried artshows. Which there has always been a fee. But I think what one has to really analyze is what are you getting out of paying that fee.
In RAW's case you get a space to showcase your work, professional photos taken of your work, and a cool 2 minute video done of you speaking about who you are as an artist, and showing some pieces of your work. On top of receiving those things, you get to build a network with other artists. Belong to an online arts community that offers more potential opportunities. In addition, during the showcase, if you make any sales, you keep all your profit! If you research the costs of getting photo professional taken and have a video production company produce a video like that for yourself, I can tell you right now its not going to costs $200.00.
So what if you have to sell 20 tickets at $10 a piece. That's less then a movie ticket these days. And if you sell all your tickets which I was able to, then I got all of that for FREE!
On top of that I can now show my art at any of the cities nationwide that RAW is located in and soon world wide as RAW will not have a spot in Australia! WHAT ?!! I can show my work down under?! :D
I understand these comments listed above. I think you have a positive and optimistic perspective on your experience and involvement and I do wish you the best of luck. The only thing I urge you to ask is, after having worked with RAW, do you honestly see yourself going on to display your work in contemporary art galleries that will market your work to real world collectors and provide you with more than a video and a feature on a website? Yes, there are juried exhibitions and you have to "pay-to-play", as you say, but this is paying for some of the highest respected curators, critics, artists, and grant organizations to look at your work. I absolutely do not place RAW in that category because frankly, I believe they have very little aesthetic sensibility. Their events are essentially night-club parties with a hodge-podgy mix of any type of art. Basically, anyone that is emerging, makes some type of art and will pay them to be involved can do these events - do you really, as an artist, want to put yourself on that boat? What other opportunities have sprung forward with serious, upstanding galleries? I urge you, and all artists, to do research on online marketing and to do it for yourself - it's a great tool to reach out to art communities (this is free, you don't need to pay to network). Ask these questions: what does an online feature on your website even mean? Am I really getting a lot of exposure here? Do they reach out to third party press affiliates to get interviews for you or do they direct ALL traffic to their website? How many hits does your homepage even get and does any of this traffic get back to your website? When I asked these questions, I was told they were not in front of my contact at RAW. This is offensive for these reasons: no artist should go into ANY show without a contract ESPECIALLY if they are paying to be involved. A contract lists out the responsibilities of each party and details the return on the artists investment for making the work, traveling for show etc. This includes information on the homepage feature and answering any artists' questions about it. A simple email and phone call does not equal a signed statement. This is foolery on the part of any artists and as most showing and professional artists will tell you a horror story about how they learned from their mistake. Always get a contract and know what everything means! When I attempted to address these emails, my contact replied in an aggressive and all caps email stating, "it is not about an investment or a return thereof." REALLY? For artists, it's ALL about investment - as you have already stated above. We "pay our dues" to make our work, travel for show, websites, business cards etc - don't we deserve a more than a sloppy negotiation and no contract? Or at the very least, answers to our questions? Any organization that would say that to an artist especially when they work with artists clearly doesn't know their client or their audience. They behave like no upstanding gallery would. I urge all artists to do their own marketing and online networking. You don't need to pay anyone to be involved in a community of artists - we are all over the internet and all talking about stuff.
Isn't that your responsibility? ..to market yourself as a artist. But now you paid money so that's raws responsibility. Thats a wonderful go-getter attitude. Gluck with that
Bottom line, the music industry is no more. These bottom feeders are one in a thousand that I can name. Real talent,real starpower and real connections don't charge people. They believe in you and they invest in you. Not the opposite. All these award shows, the one coming to mind first is the LA Music Awards. 23 years running this was the first of its kind, now everyone is on board. The business of music is no longer of quality or substance. It's about greed, the manipulation of weak personalities who have no real clue what talent or drive is. These people prey on delusions of grandeur.
They hate the recording studios because they offer a tangible product. Where as with all of the internet based promo sites, RVnation included, they merely want that 1-3-5-10 dollar fee for nothing, times that by 10,000 bands, need I say more?
Bottom Line, the feds have launched a multi-task force to investigate and prosecute these nickel and dime petty music & art pay to play scams.
Have a nice day delusional ones....
Hi,This is a good painting, indeed a great job.. You must have done good research for the work, i appreciate your efforts.. Looking for more updates from your side.Thanks
Good painting showing its care.
have you made any Gallery to expose these all?
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