Artist FAQS

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Updated June 4, 2017

Applying to Exhibit

How do I exhibit on StoriesToArt?

We sponsor an annual Call for Artists, Poets and Songwriters and provide a direct link to the call on our homepage. Just scroll down to where it says “Call for Artwork” and click on “Enter” to apply. We include a deadline for submission of January 31st, however, we also review and accept artists on an ongoing basis. Therefore, we encourage you to apply today! For more information, please contact artistsupport@StoriesToArt.com.

How old do I need to be to enter the Call for Entries?

Although we support Artists of all ages, we only represent Artists ages 18 and up.

May two or more of us enter the Call for Entries together?

Absolutely! Just apply as one group and decide on a contact. If invited to exhibit on StoriesToArt, you’ll be asked to set up one Artist Account, a business name, bank account and an address to receive payment.

Can Artists living outside the US enter the Call for Entries?

Not at this time. We hope to expand to the international market in the near future.

How long will it take to submit Artwork to the Call for Entries?

That depends on the media you are producing. The Call requires that one piece be inspired by the stories we provide. Up to 5 additional pieces can be inspired by your own stories. It takes about 15-30 minutes to actually upload the submission materials (e.g., uploading images, audio or digital files of your Artwork, the stories that inspired them, an Artist statement, and a bio).

What happens after I respond to the Call for Entries?

We guarantee you’ll hear from us by the end of each February following an annual Call. However, we also are known to contact Artists earlier, so it could be you hear from us within a month of submitting your Artwork.

If I miss the deadline, will there be another Call for Entries?

Yes, StoriesToArt has an annual Call for Artists, Poets and Songwriters. Although the deadline for submission is each January 31, we review and accept artists on a rolling basis. Therefore, we encourage you to apply today. Click on “Apply to Exhibit” on our homepage for more information.

General Information about Exhibiting

Who makes up StoriesToArt?

http://blog.storiestoart.com/about-us

What kind of Artwork is exhibited?

Think about how your style would work with capturing a moment or story someone tells you – we can envision paintings, sculpture, illustration, comics, animation, industrial designs, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, photography, poetry and songs, but are open to all media except video at this time.

Is any Artwork taboo?

Subject matter must be viewable and appropriate for all ages. Below is an excerpt from our Artist Terms and Conditions:

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

You agree not to do any of the following:

  1. Post, upload, publish, submit, or transmit any text, graphics, images, software, music, audio, video, information, or other material on the Site or using your StoriesToArt email address that: (i) infringes, misappropriates, or violates a third party's patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, moral rights, or other intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) violates, or encourages any conduct that would violate, any applicable law or regulation or would give rise to civil liability; (iii) is fraudulent, false, misleading, or deceptive; (iv) is defamatory, libelous, obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit (e.g., reveals genitalia, sex organs or women's bare breast nipples), vulgar, or offensive; (v) promotes discrimination, bigotry, racism, hatred, harassment, or harm against any individual or group; (vi) is violent or threatening or promotes violence or actions that are threatening to any other person; (vii) harms minors in any way; or (viii) promotes illegal or harmful activities or substances...

What types of Artists are represented?

StoriesToArt represents a wide variety of visual and expressive Artists residing in the U.S., including 2D and 3D fine Artists, fine crafts artisans, animators, poets and musicians. Our goal is to also represent artists from around the world at a later time.

How many Artists are represented?

Our goal is to represent between 300 and 400 Artists across a wide variety of media.

How many Artists will be represented in the future?

That depends on many factors. As of now, we believe we will continue to only represent 300 to 400 Artists.

Why does StoriesToArt limit the number of artists it represents?

Our mission is about more than the bottom line. We are committed to being a small, personal, relationship-based business with minimal bureaucracy. As of now, we only wish to represent approximately 300-400 artists because of our desire to showcase each of our individual artists.  Selecting who to represent is challenging for us. We currently limit the number of artists we represent within each category of art we offer to 10 to 35 per broad category (e.g., ceramicists, painters) for various reasons (e.g., what sells, number of applicants per category, the caliber of work submitted across categories), and we do not double count an artist who works in more than one category/media. Because we plan to scale internationally, we also are reserving about 50-100 spots for international artists..Of course, these numbers are subject to change given unforeseen events

How are Artists marketed?

StoriesToArt does extensive marketing via search engine optimization and social media with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Every web development decision we make is based on optimizing your online sales. For example, our website includes links to Existing art, a How it Works animated video, a wizard to help Customers find the right art more quickly, a user-friendly shopping cart, diverse search options, Customer Reviews, a streamlined commission process, and story contests 4x per year.

We’re building a loyal subscriber base via opt-in notification sign ups across multiple platforms. This includes a wide variety of contests, the opportunity to be notified by email when the site launches, email newsletters, and many social media engagement strategies. Our email advertising includes automated emails highlighting special announcements, sales, etc.

How can you be ensured that you won't just get "lost in the crowd?" We aim to dramatically enhance your online presence. Here are just a few ways we do that:

    • Offering limited quantities of Artwork by genre
    • Spotlighting Artists on the site and on social media platforms
    • Advertising which includes actual Artwork images from Artists on our site
    • Allowing Customers to follow their favorite Artists and be notified when the Artist uploads new Artwork
    • Targeted emails to Customers based on their previous purchase behavior

How does Artwork get to the buyer?

StoriesToArt Artists mail Existing Artwork within 3-14 days of being purchased and mail or upload Commissioned Artwork within 3-14 days of being completed via UPS, USPS or Fed Ex.

When must Artists obtain shipping insurance?

Artists obtain shipping insurance for Artwork valued at $100 or higher.

Does StoriesToArt offer printing services?

Not at this time.

Does StoriesToArt frame Artwork?

Not at this time. If individual Artists offer framed Artwork, information will be provided on the Artwork details page, however, we find that most Customers prefer to frame their own Artwork.

Who owns the rights to my Artwork once it is sold?

Animation: You agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit the animation for non-commercial personal use or at non-public private events. Customers may not publish or resell animation (or components thereof) purchased through StoriesToArt. All other rights not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt remain with the Artist.

Music: You agree to sell each song/lyrics with a limited license right to the Customer. (Customers must agree to use the Commissioned songs for personal use or a specific event unless otherwise agreed. Customers may not resell songs/lyrics they purchase from StoriesToArt.) You will retain all other rightsnot specifically reserved by StoriesToArt to use the songs you sell on StoriesToArt.

Poems: You agree to sell each poem with a limited license right to the Customer. (Customers must agree to use the poems for personal use or a specific event unless otherwise agreed. Customers may not resell poems they purchase from StoriesToArt.) You will retain all other rights not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt to use the poetry you sell on StoriesToArt.

Photographs: You agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit original numbered photographs, but Customers may not publish, copy, or duplicate, in any manner or forum, photographs purchased through StoriesToArt. Customers may resell the original numbered photograph subject to the same license and restrictions. All other rights, including copyright and the right to commercially exploit the photographic image, that are not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt, remain with the Artist.  

Other 2D and 3D Art: You agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit other 2D and 3D Artwork, but Customers may not publish, copy, or duplicate, in any manner or forum, 2D or 3D Artwork purchased through StoriesToArt. Customers may resell the other 2D and 3D Artwork subject to the same license and restrictions. All other rights, including copyright and the right to commercially exploit the 2D or 3D image, that are not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt, remain with the Artist. 

All Artists, if you would like to sell Artwork and not retain licensing rights on that Artwork, please contact us at info@StoriesToArt.com and include Sell Image Rights in the subject heading.

May I sell limited editions?

Artists, other than photographers, may only exhibit a quantity of one original, one-of-a-kind piece. Photographs may exhibit original or limited edition prints of 100 or less (e.g., 1/10, 1/50, 1/100). For exceptions to this policy, please contact artistsupport@StoriesToArt.com.

How does the buyer know about the rights regarding my Artwork?

Rights are described in “Intellectual Property” in the Buyer Terms and Conditions and in the Artist Terms and Conditions. Customers must read and agree to the Buyer Terms and Conditions prior to using the Site and Services.

How does StoriesToArt send digital downloads to buyers?

You upload digital files of Commissioned Artwork on the Manage Orders page of your Artist Account. Once you have selected and uploaded the file, you will see "Uploaded" along with the date of the upload under the Shipments column. This will trigger StoriesToArt to collect the remainder due from Customers. Customers may then download the file from their Order Details page.

Do I need to sign an exclusive agreement or may I sell what I exhibit on StoriesToArt elsewhere?

No. StoriesToArt does not retain an exclusive right to sell any of your Artwork. You may list and sell your Artwork in other venues. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you have submitted a listing for Existing or Commissioned Artwork and have been contacted through the Site or Service by a potential Customer, you may not sell such Commissioned or Existing Artwork to that person independent of the Site or Service. Furthermore, if you have submitted a listing for Commissioned or Existing Artwork and have been contacted independent of the Site by an individual who found your work by browsing on the Site, you agree to direct that individual to the Site to purchase your Artwork from the Service.

May I be represented by other galleries and exhibit on StoriesToArt?

Yes. StoriesToArt does not retain an exclusive right to sell any Artwork. Artists may list and sell their Artwork in other venues. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Artists have submitted a listing for Existing or Commissioned Artwork and have been contacted through the Site or Service by a potential Customer, they may not sell such Commissioned or Existing Artwork to that person independent of the Site or Service. Furthermore, if they have submitted a listing for Commissioned or Existing Artwork and have been contacted independent of the Site by an individual who found their work by browsing on the Site, they agree to direct that individual to the Site to purchase the Artwork from the Service.

Are there any limits to selling what I exhibit on StoriesToArt elsewhere?

Yes. If you have submitted a listing for Commissioned or Existing Artwork and have been contacted independent of the Site by an individual who found your work by browsing on the Site, you agree to direct that individual to the Site to purchase the Artwork from the Service.

May I just exhibit finished Artwork?

We ask that all 2D and 3D Artists provide Existing Artwork and Commissioned Artwork Options. Poets may exhibit Existing Artwork if it is on 2D or 3D art (e.g., broadsides, fiber arts, sculpture)

May I just exhibit Commissioned Artwork?

We ask that musicians and animators only exhibit Commissioned Artwork Options. (Poets may also exhibit their work on broadsides or other existing artwork) as well as offer commissions. All 2D and 3D Artists are asked to exhibit Existing Artwork and Commissioned Artwork Options.

What does Commissioned Artwork entail?

Commissioned Artwork includes collaboration between the Customer and the Artist via a predetermined number of emails and revisions based on the price of the Artwork.

May two or more of us register on the site together?

Absolutely! Just apply as one group and decide on a contact. Set up one Artist Account, a business name, bank account and an address to receive payment.

Are there any fees associated with exhibiting on StoriesToArt?

There is a $15 application fee to apply to our Call for Artists. This fee covers the extra cost associated with uploading images.

How do I apply to exhibit on StoriesToArt?

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What’s the Artist/StoriesToArt split on sales?

60% of Artists’ sales go back to the Artists, 35% goes to the company and 5% goes to StoriesToArt Gives Back to support arts education and Artists.

How are 5% of StoriesToArt’s profits donated to arts education?

StoriesToArt writes a check for 5% of its annual profits to the Bank of America Charitable Fund, which manages our non-profit, donor-advised fund, StoriesToArt Gives Back.

When and how do Artists get paid?

Artists gets paid on the 10th of each month via direct deposits to the bank account specified in their Artist Account.

How will payment be collected from buyers?

Payment will be collected from Customers via a secure third party processor. You will not be able to create the shipment before payment is received, so you will never ship art that is not paid for by the Buyer.

Where is StoriesToArt based?

We’re located in Earlysville, VA.

How long has StoriesToArt been in business?

StoriesToArt was founded in August 2014. We began beta testing of our eCommerce website in January 2017 and launched to the public in May 2017.

May people living outside the US purchase Artwork on StoriesToArt?

No. We are unable to support shipping outside of the U.S. or accept payments that are not in U.S. funds.

Why do the limited license terms vary across types of Artists?

Music and animation can be reproduced and commercially exploited by the buyer in a way that could take away virtually any residual value for the Artist; with 2D/3D art on the other hand, the original Artwork (or numbered photograph) cannot be reproduced as an original and therefore has intrinsic value beyond what the Artist could reproduce and commercially exploit. Therefore, if a Customer wanted to include a painting in their gallery or include it in an exhibit, or resell it to a third party, that would not diminish the value of the Artist’s rights to the image (and could enhance them).

Here is how the terms are slightly different depending on the type of Artwork you create.

Animation: you agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit the animation for non-commercial personal use or at non-public private events. Customers may not publish or resell animation (or components thereof) they purchase through StoriesToArt. All other rights remain with the Artist.

Music: You agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit or perform music for non-commercial personal use or at non-public private events. Customers may not publish or resell music or lyrics they purchase through StoriesToArt. All other rights not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt remain with the Artist.

Poems:  You agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit poetry for non-commercial personal use or at non-public private events. Customers may not publish or resell poetry purchased through StoriesToArt. All other rights not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt remain with the Artist.

Photography:  You agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit original numbered photographs, but Customers may not publish, copy, or duplicate, in any manner or forum, photographs purchased through StoriesToArt. Customers may resell the original numbered photograph subject to the same license and restrictions. All other rights, including copyright and the right to commercially exploit the photographic image, that are not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt, remain with the Artist. you agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit photography for non-commercial personal use or at non-public private events. Customers may resell the original or numbered photograph subject to the same license and restrictions. Customers may not publish, copy, or duplicate, in any manner or forum, photography they purchase through StoriesToArt. All other rights, including copyright and the right to commercially exploit the photographic image, remain with the Artist.

Other 2D and 3D Art:  You agree to grant Customers a limited license to exhibit other 2D and 3D Artwork, but Customers may not publish, copy, or duplicate, in any manner or forum, 2D or 3D Artwork purchased through StoriesToArt. Customers may resell the other 2D and 3D Artwork subject to the same license and restrictions. All other rights, including copyright and the right to commercially exploit the 2D or 3D image, that are not specifically reserved by StoriesToArt, remain with the Artist.

If you would like to sell Artwork and not retain licensing rights on that Artwork, please contact us at info@StoriesToArt.com and include Sell Image Rights in the subject heading.

Who should I contact about what?

For information about submissions and Artist recruitment, contact:

artistsupport@StoriesToArt.com

For information about social media and marketing, contact:

marketing@StoriesToArt.com

For information about press, contact:

press@StoriesToArt.com

For information about affiliate opportunities, contact:

affiliates@StoriesToArt.com

For information about StoriesToArt Gives Back, contact:

StoriesToArtGivesBack@StoriesToArt.com

For information about Customer questions, contact:

info@StoriesToArt.com

For information about payments received from StoriesToArt, contact:

bookkeeping@StoriesToArt.com

For general questions about StoriesToArt, contact:

info@StoriesToArt.com