ArtId Art Blog
by artid , February 5, 2010—10:10 AM
Occasionally on ArtId, we get a person or company that contacts a number of our members through the contact page in their ArtId galleries offering artists anything from representation to licensing deals. Sometimes these offers are legitimate and, unfortunately, sometimes they are not. Because your contact page is open for anyone to use, these emails cannot be dealt with as spam. An email received through your ArtId contact does not mean that we have endorsed the company or person.
So, we'd like to give you some tips on how to discriminate between truly interested business people and those whose real goal is to get you to pay them a lot of money for nothing.
How to Compare
1.A legitimately interested person will identify themselves right away and give you information about themselves and/or their company.
Beware of emails where the writer does not divulge the company name or does not tell you exactly what they are interested in doing.
2. A legitimate email will most likely address you by name and make mention of your work, how the person found you, and why they think you are the artist they want to work with.
Beware of emails that appear generic and do not regard you or your work personally. Likely those emails are being sent to a large number of artists by cutting and pasting the same email over and over again into contact pages.
3. A legitimate proposal will work within a standard of operating procedures that exist within the art business world.
Offers that promise too much probably cannot deliver.
If you receive an email that you are unsure about, let us know and we will investigate it. When we know that an unsavory person or company is contacting our artists, we post a notice in the Announcements section of your ArtId which appears when you login.