Companies will work together to enable artists nationwide to make money selling and teaching art.
Boston, MA (November 3, 2016) – Besomebody, a worldwide motivational movement turned Experience Marketplace, and Raw Artists, the world’s premier art collective, announced an exclusive partnership linking each company’s experience platforms. The agreement empowers art lovers to attend RAW’s Artist Showcases and learn from professional artists via the #besomebody iPhone app. RAW’s membership of more than 40,000 professional artists will have early access to Besomebody’s platform as it scales nationwide, giving them a tool to teach – and monetize – art experiences.
The #besomebody app enables users to learn anything they are passionate about by booking experiences with talented people around them. Users book them on the app, and then meet in person for hands-on, peer-to-peer learning. The hosts of the experiences, called Passionaries, get paid to teach what they love. The app was Beta tested in Austin, Texas in 2015, and has begun to scale nationally this year.
Los Angeles-based RAW hosts 250 Showcases in more than 70 cities around the world. Member artists are given an engaging and eclectic forum to perform, promote and sell their work to the nearly quarter million people who attend the Showcases each year. The Besomebody partnership now extends those artists’ ability to continue pursuing their craft as Passionaries, making additional income by teaching people in their respective cities.
“Artists, musicians and creatives have always been a huge part of our community,” Kash Shaikh, Founder & CEO of Besomebody, said. “They are the dreamers and doers that live and breathe their passions. And there is no better organization than RAW working to serve those people. We’ve been so inspired by what RAW has built – and, just as importantly, how they built it. They’ve grown from one small showcase in Los Angeles 11 years ago, to hosting hundreds of events and serving thousands of artists across the world. We hope to learn from them, and do all we can to help inspire and ignite the RAW community.”
RAW Artists can create any experience they want on the #besomebody app. They decide what they want to teach, how much it will cost and where the experience will be hosted. All Passionaries keep all the money they generate. The most popular art experiences on the top-rated app thus far have been pottery, painting and photography. RAW’s community also includes fashion designers, makeup artists and filmmakers, all fields that are ripe for Experiential Learning. Art is one of the top subscribed passion areas of the over 1,600 user-created passions on the #besomebody app.
“We’re really excited to join forces with Besomebody to give our artists another weapon to live their passion,” Matthew Klahorts, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of RAW Artists said. “Our mission is to provide independent and aspiring artists the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire their creativity and ignite their businesses. We believe the #besomebody app, content and community can help us help more artists; which is awesome.”
Besomebody hopes the RAW connection will increase the amount of experiences offered on its platform – which already tops more than 400 different options for users – as well as amplify personal connections made within the community.
“We love bringing passionate people together,” Shaikh said. “I’m looking forward to people in our community across the world getting out and checking out these amazing artists, either at the RAW Showcases or at their own #besomebody experiences. No matter where or how those connections are made, they are powerful and contagious. More people will be inspired to dream and create. That’s the beauty of art – it leaves an imprint that can last a lifetime.”
In addition to the #besomebody app experiences and RAW Showcases, the companies will promote each other in exclusive content, social media and on the web. Besomebody content and events now reach more than 10 million people in 180 countries. The #besomebody app is currently available on iPhone only.
Learn more about RAW Artists at rawartists.org.
Download the #besomebody app for free in the App Store: appstore.com/besomebody
About Besomebody, Inc.
Besomebody, Inc. is the parent company of the global #besomebody movement and marketplace that work together to inspire and enable people to live their passion. The #besomebody movement now reaches more than 10 million people in 180 countries through motivational events, speaking, clothing and content. The #besomebody Experience Marketplace is a free iOS app that enables people to book and host experiences with talented people around them. Experience hosts make money teaching what they love. The company is introducing a new Experiential Learning product focused on vocational training and job placement in early 2017. Besomebody was founded by Kash Shaikh, and is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts.