“ArtistShare is the first and only company of its kind. ArtistShare is completely redefining the way people purchase and experience art.
At ArtistShare we firmly believe that the true value is found in artists and their creativity. The creative process is a timeline. It is a living, breathing thing. An artistic product (CD, photo, painting, etc.) is just a quick snapshot of that timeline. The moments of brilliance an audience hopes to experience when purchasing that artistic product exist throughout the entire process. Through today’s technology there is no need to limit the experience to one snapshot. Best of all, the artist’s creative process is something that cannot be copied or pirated.
ArtistShare also believes that allowing the fan to become part of the process leads to an intensely personal experience for both the artist and the fan and a lasting long term relationship.”
“The technologies that record companies blame for the downturn in retail music sales — computers, CD burners and the Internet — are allowing musicians to do more of the things that record labels used to do. In a three-part series, NPR’s Rick Karr profiles some of the artists and Internet sites embracing these emerging business models:
Part 1: Searching for a Patron
Looking for someone with deep pockets to finance an artist’s creative impulses is a time-honored tradition — Johann Sebastian Bach, for example, attempted to enlist the help of the Margrave of Brandenburg to pay for his household expenses and the salaries of an orchestra. His request for help came in the form of the now-famous Brandenburg Concertos. Nearly three centuries later, modern composers are looking to do the same. Karr profiles an artist connecting with patrons through an Internet site called ArtistShare, which provides a viable patronage business platform for artists who have a core of die-hard fans, but not the million-selling appeal that major labels require. He also looks at another artist who’s gone the patronage route outside the ArtistShare network…”
Paying for Music in the Internet Age
Morning Edition, NPR