Artizen is a community fund for artist grants. Our mission is to radically expand support for artists who impact culture and our Terms of Use attempt to reinforce and respect the spirit of this mission. We know that most folks skim through Terms of Use because they're boring and often incomprehensible but we have purposefully avoided legalese and aim to make our terms easy for anyone to read and understand.


Welcome to Artizen

These are Artizen's Terms of Use, and they apply to all users of the Artizen platform. “We,” “our” or “us” refers to Artizen Works Limited and “Artizen” refers to this platform and the services offered by us. By using Artizen you agree to these terms and to our Privacy Policy, Community Guidelines, and Grant Agreement. Please read them carefully and let us know if you have any questions.


Your Account

To create an account you must be at least 18 years old, provide us with accurate information, and agree to keep your information updated if it changes. You are responsible for anything that occurs when anyone is signed in to your account, as well as the security of the account. Accounts must be for real people and not for companies, studios, bands, groups, or other organizations. Eventually we plan to allow members to create accounts for organizations. Fake accounts are not permitted, and accounts may not be created on behalf of others.


Abusive Conduct

You are responsible for all activity on your account. If you violate our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Grant Agreement, Community Guidelines, or the spirit of any of our policies we may terminate your account or take appropriate actions to rectify the situation as determined by a panel of your peers in the Artizen community.


Community Funding and Curation‌

An open source project, Artizen grants are funded and curated by your community. Membership dues from grant supporters are pooled and awarded to projects selected by fellow fans, creators, and industry leaders providing more sustainable support for the artists in your community.

Artizen is responsible for collecting membership dues from grant supporters, deducting applicable fees, pooling the remaining funds, and then transferring the award money to the grant winner as well as remitting any administrative fees to the grant administrators. Each month grant supporters receive a fixed number of upvote credits to review project submissions. At the end of the award cycle, the project with the most upvotes automatically wins the grant.


Membership Dues

Artizen allows you to create a grant that is funded and curated by members of your community. Supporters of your grant pay either monthly or annual membership dues on a subscription basis. Artizen handles payment processing for membership dues as well as payment issues such as fraud, chargebacks and resolution of payment disputes.

When Artizen successfully receives a payment from a grant supporter we first deduct applicable fees (see below), and then increment the grant's award money by the remaining amount. For annual memberships we divide the payment into twelve equal amounts and increment the grant's award money over the course of twelve months.

At the start of a new grant cycle the award money for your grant is set to zero and then as membership dues from grant supporters are successfully processed the amount of award money is correspondingly increased.

You can be a supporting member of multiple grants at the same of different levels. When you first join a grant as a supporter you are billed immediately, but moving forward you are billed on the first day of each month if you are paying on a monthly cycle.


Fees

There are several fees deducted from the money collected from grant supporters. The first is a payment processing fee which varies depending upon your method of payment and location but is normally a 3% fee. Next there is an optional 10% administrative fee for grant administrators. Some grant administrators choose to not collect an administrative fee in which case no administrative fee will be deducted. Finally, there is an Artizen platform fee which varies depending upon our operational costs. As a bootstrapped startup we rely solely on the money collected from membership dues to pay our server bills and the salaries of our small team. Each month we calculate and set our platform fee by dividing our operational costs by the total membership dues collected in the previous month.


Supporter Benefits

In exchange for becoming a grant supporter, members receive the following benefits:

  • Grant supporters receive a fixed number of submission credits each grant cycle that allow them to submit projects to the grant they support. The specific number of submission credits given varies depending on the tier of support and can be found on our pricing page. The submission credits reset at the start of the next grant cycle.

  • Grant supporters receive a fixed number of upvote credits each month that allow them to upvote project submissions for the grant they support. The specific number of upvote credits given varies depending on the tier of support and can be found on our pricing page. Upvote credits do not accrue and reset at the start of each new month. Upvote credits may only be used for the supported grant and may not be used to upvote any projects that lists the grant supporter as a team member.

  • Grant supporters receive public recognition as leaders in their community by having their Artizen profile featured on the grant page. The size and treatment of their featured profile varies depending on the tier of support they select.

  • Grant supporters at the sponsor level automatically receive one seat on the board of directors for the grant as well as sponsor placement on the grant page that includes a featured logo, sponsor message, and a call-to-action link to an external site.


Submitting Projects

To submit a project to an Artizen grant you must first become a grant supporter. The number of projects you can submit per grant cycle is determined by your support level and can be found on our pricing page. Per our Grant Agreement, project submissions must meet the review criteria, rules and conditions, and other guidelines published by grant administrators. Grant administrators have the right and ability to remove from consideration any project submissions that in their judgement do not meet the explicit criteria and rules or the spirit of their grant. Grant administrators and board members are prohibited from submitting projects to any grant the run or serve on, however, all other members in good standing are allowed to become a grant supporter and submit projects.


Upvoting Projects

Each Artizen grant is curated by the supporters of that grant and must adhere to the following process, rules, and guidelines:

  • each grant supporter receives a fixed monthly allotment of upvote credits, the number of which is determined by their level of support for the grant and can be found on our pricing page;

  • upvote credits do not accrue, and any unused upvote credits are forfeited at the start of a new monthly allotment of upvote credits;

  • grant supporters are allowed to use all their upvote credits to support a single project submission, or they may choose to upvote multiple projects in any amount they like provided they do not exceed their total monthly allotment of upvote credits;

  • grant supporters are prohibited from upvoting their own project submissions or any project submission that lists them as a team member; and

  • at the end of the award cycle, the project submission that receives the most upvotes automatically wins the grant.


Payouts

Any costs associated with transferring money to grant winners or grant administrators will be deducted from the total amount owed. Payouts will be issued as soon as possible but can take up to 45 days to be processed.‌ In order to transmit payments, the grant winner and grant administrators must provide Artizen with valid bank account information as well as additional information to verify their identity and comply with know-your-customer and anti-money laundering regulations.


Taxes

We collect tax identification information and report this to tax authorities as legally required. You are responsible for reporting any income or withholding taxes which may be due as a result of payments received.


Refunds and Cancellation Policy

Artizen does not offer refunds in any circumstances. The reason is that your membership dues immediately give you certain benefits such as upvote credits and project submission credits that have real world impact. If we allowed refunds it would open us up to fraudulent activity that could negatively impact the integrity of our grant curation system and of the Artizen platform in general.

You may cancel or downgrade your membership support for grants at any time from your settings page. If you downgrade or cancel your membership you will not receive credits for unused benefits such as upvote or submission credits.


Account Deletion

You can permanently delete your account at any time by logging into your account and visiting the settings page. We can terminate or suspend your account at any time at our discretion. We can also cancel any grant subscriptions and remove any projects, posts or content at our discretion. You may not bring a claim against us for suspending or terminating another person’s account, and you agree you will not bring such a claim. If you try to bring such a claim, you are responsible for the damages caused, including attorneys fees and costs. These terms remain in effect even if you no longer have an account.


Your Intellectual Property

You keep full ownership and retain all intellectual property rights to any projects you add to Artizen as well as for any other media or materials you add to the platform (your "Content"). But we do need certain licenses from you in order to operate our platform.

By adding, uploading, submitting, or creating content on Artizen you grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use your content in the context of operating and marketing the Artizen platform. The purpose of this license is strictly limited to us creating profiles for you and your work, hosting your grants, and providing and promoting the associated Artizen services. We will never steal your IP or use your content in an exploitative way.

You may not add content on Artizen that infringe others' intellectual property or proprietary rights. And members may not use content posted by other members in any way not authorized by the creator.


Indemnification

If you do something that gets us sued, or break any of the promises you make in this agreement, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us harmless from all liabilities, claims, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and other legal costs) that arise from or relate to your use or misuse of Artizen. We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to this indemnification clause, in which case you agree that you’ll cooperate and help us in asserting any defenses.


Warranty Disclaimer

We work hard to provide you with great services, but we can’t guarantee everything will always work perfectly. Artizen is provided “as is” and without warranty of any kind. Any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, and any other warranty is excluded to the greatest extent permitted by law. The disclaimers of warranty under this clause also apply to our subsidiaries, affiliates and third party service providers.


Limitation of Liability

If something bad happens as a result of your use of Artizen, we’re not liable (beyond a small amount). To the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event will Artizen, its directors, employees, partners, suppliers, or content providers be liable for any indirect, incidental, punitive, consequential, special, or exemplary damages of any kind, including but not limited to damages (i) resulting from your access to, use of, or inability to access or use Artizen; (ii) for any lost profits, data loss, or cost of procurement or substitute goods or services; or (iii) for any conduct of content of any third party on Artizen. In no event shall Artizen's liability for direct damages be in excess of (in the aggregate) one hundred U.S. dollars ($100.00).


Dispute Resolution and Governing Law

We at Artizen encourage you to contact us if you’re having an issue before resorting to the courts. Our Artizen support team is on hand and ready to answer your questions. You can visit our Artizen Help Center to find articles with information that may resolve your issue. If you still have questions, you can email [email protected] so that one of our support team agents can personally reply to you and attempt to resolve your issue.

In the unfortunate situation where legal action does arise, these terms (and all other rules, policies, or guidelines incorporated by reference) will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand.


Everything Else

These terms and the other material referenced in them are the entire agreement between you and Artizen with respect to our platform and services. They supersede all other communications and proposals (whether oral, written, or electronic) between you and Artizen with respect to our services and govern our future relationship. If any provision of these terms is found to be invalid under the law, that provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that the terms otherwise will remain in full force and effect and enforceable. The failure of either you or Artizen to exercise any right provided for in these terms in any way won’t be deemed a waiver of any other rights.

These terms are personal to you. You can’t assign them, transfer them, or sublicense them unless you get Artizen's prior written consent. Artizen has the right to assign, transfer, or delegate any of its rights and obligations under these terms without your consent. Artizen will provide you notice via email, written notice, or by conspicuously posting the notice on our site.

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