To join the board of directors for a grant you must receive an invite from a grant administrator, agree to Artizen's Terms of Use, and expect to dedicate at least one hour per month to supporting your grant. Board members have three main responsibilities:

  1. MANAGE - Help curate projects and guide the vision for the grant.

  2. PROMOTE - Help promote the grant via social media, direct outreach, etc.

  3. GROW - Help identify potential people and partners to support the grant with money, mentorship, in-kind services, or other artist benefits.


Manage

Board members communicate with one another to help manage their grant in following ways:

  • Craft Language: Board members help craft and evolve the content and focus of the grant. This can have a big impact on the type of projects and artists supported by the grant. Use group messaging with your other board members to discuss content changes.

  • Attend Board Meetings: Board members must attend regular online meetings hosted by the grant admin to discuss how best to manage, promote, and grow the grant.

  • Review Submissions: Board members must make time each month to review project submissions for their grant. Board members receive 20 upvote credits every month in addition to however many upvote credits they receive as a grant supporter.

  • Attend Showcases: Toward the end of each award cycle, grant admins may choose to host an online showcase for the top project submissions. Board members must help curate projects to feature as well as promote and ultimately attend the showcase.

  • Champion Projects: As a board member, you should share review links for project submissions you love. Rally your community behind work you feel captures the spirit of your grant by sharing an update on Artizen, posting to social media, or reaching out directly to folks via email you think would dig the project.


Promote

Focusing on the important milestones in your grant's award cycle and leveraging our outreach templates, board members should promote their grant via the following channels:

  • Artizen Home Feed: Share updates about your grant directly on Artizen

  • Social Media: Make regular posts to social media about your grant's milestones and encourage your community to do the same, especially any "influencers" you might have access to. And make sure to read our social media outreach templates.

  • Newsletters: Promote your grant via any email lists or newsletters you have access to. Work with your fellow board members to reach out to other organizations who might promote your grant in their newsletter.

  • Direct Outreach: Directly message artists and industry leaders who you think should be aware of your grant. Click here to learn more about how to message Artizen members.

  • Other Marketing Channels: Get creative and think of new marketing channels for your grant. Maybe convince a podcaster to do a feature on your grant or start your own podcast. Got a friend at a PR firm? Maybe they'll help you get some press for the grant.


Grow

Board members help grow their grant in the following ways:

  • Get More Grant Supporters: Board members should reach out directly to people in their network who might become grant supporters. We suggest you focus your outreach efforts on Patron or Sponsor level supporters. And make sure to read over our outreach templates for asking for support on social media and via email.

  • Contribute Artist Benefits: Board members are encouraged to contribute non-monetary artist benefits for their grant. If interested, board members should message the grant admin or email [email protected] with a description of the artist benefit you'd like to contribute and the name of the grant you'd like to support.

  • Invite New Board Members: Board members should help identify potential new board members who can help manage, promote, and grow the grant. Any leads should be discussed with the grant admin before sending invites. And make sure to refer to our outreach template for inviting new board members.

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