Thank you to our featured Kickstarter supporters:
* Jim Rodney
* Stephen Fife
* Mary Ann O'Connor
* Fran Litton
* Alice O'Connor
* Tim Delano
* Charles Douglass
* Toranj Noroozi
* Brittany Blouch
* Michelle Roshanzamir
* Trevor Davis
* Dan Werlinsky
* Esosa Edosomwan
* Chris Lackert
* Timur Bekbosunov
* Kate Jopson
* Jackie Koppell
* Anthony Bryant
* Salina Mahoney
* Elizabeth Karr
* Erin Fleming
* Jahcobie Cosom
* Daniel Guyton
* Yolandra Rhodes
* Mike Moschella
* Gilbert Molina
* Chris Rivas
* Naheemah McMicheaux-McCallop
* Wes Farrow
* Arielle Siler
* Lynn Manning
* Samuel W. Knowlton
* Jacob Friedheim
* Heidi Duckler
* Rita Cofield
* Ralph Olivas
* Laura Karlin
* Sam Breen
* Toyin Moses
* Ema Baraka Bell
* Sherrie Lofton
* Marie Smith Kellier
* Michael Pignatelli
* Jenna Augen
* Li Chih Tsung
Thank you for contributing to Artist Magnet!
David Mack - Founder/CEO
David Mack is responsible for Artist Magnet's long-term growth and strategic planning. He currently serves as Strategic Director for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre and consultant for Ate9 Dance Company, and he is a NextGen Arts Professional Development Grant Awardee. As Managing Director of Watts Village Theatre Company from 2009-2013, he expanded the company's annual budget from $80,000 to $250,000, securing funding from major grantors, including $100,000 from the California Community Foundation, $55,000 from the James Irvine Foundation and $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2013, he served as General Manager of The Industry's INVISIBLE CITIES; the music was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Music citation, the documentary, produced by KCET, garnered an LA Area EMMY for Entertainment Broadcasting, and the creators received four LA Ovation Award nominations. In 2014, he produced L.A. Dance Project's inaugural production at the 1,600 seat Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, helping to raise over $175,000 in ticket sales. David's first project as a producer was in 2008, when he founded Chocolate City, a showcase connecting performers and writers of color from institutions across Southern California to Hollywood Industry agents, managers and casting directors. David has served as Chairman of LA County Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas’ Empowerment Congress Arts & Culture Committee, Board Secretary and Education Chair of the Watts Neighborhood Council, Board member of Mutineer Theatre Company, Steering Committee member of Arts for LA, member of the LA Producer’s League Transitional Committee, and Board Member of the LA Producer’s League for Large Theaters. He currently sits on the Board of the Dance Resource Center. Cornell University, B.A. Theatre, Applied Economics and Management; California Institute of the Arts, M.F.A. Theatre.
Christopher Lackert - Board Chair/Legal Advisor
Manish Nagdewani - Web Developer
Manish Nagdewani has over five years of experience in web development, and is an expert in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySql, JS, Jquery, Ajax, and Ruby on Rails, Java and Software Testing. As a Software Developer for Future Informatics and Java Developer for Astute Systems, he provided Analysis of the requirements provided by the requester/business/end users, Estimation and authorizations/approvals, project planning, work allocation, Coding and reviews, testing, load testing-Implementation and issues resolution. He was awarded best employee of 2014 by Future Informatics and completed the RAD Application Developer Certification Program from IBM. MITS, B.E. Computer Science.
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About Artist Magnet
Artist Magnet is an LA-based arts service organization with the mission of empowering Artists by connecting them through Shows and Venues everywhere. The company’s services include professional development for local Artists, sponsorship of nonprofit arts organizations and productions, consulting services for arts companies and online services for Artists.
Founded in 2008 by Artist and Producer David Mack, Artist Magnet's featured project, currently in development, is to launch its interactive, artist-driven social network this fall.
The backbone of the network includes customizable, hyperlinking Resumes that Artists can build for free (or pay a monthly rate for premium features). Artist Magnet is unique from other networks because as the Artists build the work they have done, are currently doing, or will do in the future into their hyperlinking Resumes, they instantly start to connect to other Artists and Theatres in the following ways:
- The Productions on their Resumes instantly hyperlink to Production Pages, which link to the Resumes of all the Artists (who sign-up) who have worked in those Productions.
- The Theatres in their Resumes instantly hyperlink to Venue and Company Pages, linking to all the past, present and upcoming Productions associated with those Theatres, which in turn link to all the Resumes created of the Artists who have worked in those Productions.
- The Directors on their Resumes instantly hyperlink to the Directors’ Resumes, or if the Directors have not yet joined, they can be instantly email-invited to join the network.
So in effect, the network becomes a six-degrees-of-separation for the LA Theatre world. Artists are able to build and link to the Production, Venue, and Company Pages free (Venues and Companies can manage their pages for a fee). Moreover, at every step of the process, Artists have easy access to a portal to instantly invite their Directors and fellow Artists to join the network and build their own Resumes so they can be linked to each other through their work (the Resumes are custom built for many different types of Artists, including: Actors, Singers, Musicians, Dancers, Directors, Designers, Playwrights, Dramaturgs, Choreographers, Stage Managers, Stage Crew, Puppeteers, Composers, etc.)
Because the content is being built from the ground up through the grassroots by the Artists themselves, rather than a database of information built by a coder or group of producers, Artists will be incentivized to join the network and build their Resumes in order to connect with their friends and colleagues. In addition, Artists will be able to store, save, share and print their Resumes through the network, making it easier to manage their professional artistic life in one place through the site. And Theatre Companies will be incentivized to join and manage their pages once they see that many of their Artists and potential customers are in the network. The network will start as a members-only site, meaning only Artists will be able to join and utilize the network; eventually, it will be opened to Producers, then fans and the general public.
The Artist Magnet team developed a 4min promotional film with support from the Pasadena Playhouse, which will be presented as a kickoff to a Kickstarter campaign in May and June to raise an additional $2,500 for the project. Next, the team will spend the rest of 2015 finalizing the coding, integrating the design templates, and promoting the upcoming launch at strategic Theatre festivals, Arts convenings and events. The launch date is now set for the summer of 2016, with a goal of 1,000 Artists using the network within the first 6 months. Once that goal has been achieved, the team will strategically roll-out new features (i.e. a comprehensive search engine, a messaging system, and an integrated network for fans and audiences to connect with their favorite Artists and Theatres) and eventually expand to LA-based musicians, visual artists, and Artists in other arts fields.
The online theatre network will empower Artists by giving them professional development tools and helping them build stronger connections with their theatrical colleagues. Currently, similar networks (e.g. LA Casting, Actors Access, IMDb, About the Artists, etc.) are controlled by a handful of producers and corporations who have access to all the data. These well-funded special interests often charge Artists up to $50 per month to upload their basic data into the site, even though many of these Artists struggle financially, especially early in their careers when they are most in need of these services. Meanwhile, these establishment casting directors and production companies get instant access to thousands of Artists’ data, often free of charge. Artist Magnet plans to invert this model; on Artist Magnet, any Artist is able to build a Resume, upload their data, and hyperlink it to their Shows, Venues and Directors, connecting to other Artists they work with – all for free. In turn, the Theatres and Companies pay in order to access this data. This model advances Artist Magnet’s mission to empower Artists by supporting their local networks and how they connect with each other.
Thank you everyone for a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, raising over $3,000 for Artist Magnet!
About Artist Magnet
Artist Magnet is an LA-based arts service organization with the mission of empowering Artists by connecting them through Shows and Venues everywhere. The company’s services include professional development for local Artists, sponsorships of nonprofit arts organizations and productions, consulting services for arts companies and online services for Artists.
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