Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 2, 2010.

Update #2

We've found matching funds!

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First of all we want to extend a big Thank You to those of you who have contributed to our Kickstarter Campaign!!!! We say this from the bottom of our hearts.

We have an exciting announcement. An Anonymous Donor has pledged matching funds for those who contribute from now until January 1st! That means, if you contribute as little as $1, we will get $ 2.

We have a good start, but a long way to go, so please consider donating whatever you can afford.
Also we need you to spread the word about this project , so please send an email, phone, or get face-to-face with any and all artists and art supporters you know and tell them about this campaign. Paste this URL into your emails to them:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1379937313/getting-your-sh-t-together-business-of-art-softwar

If we make it to $5000, we will have it made. If we make it to $10,000 we will be styling! The new software is shaping up and will support great new features. So help us get this software finished, so we can start on the next project supporting artists. You will get great stuff in return, and a mention on our website for your support!

If you have not checked in with us lately, or had time to read our newsletters, we have a lot of NEW support services for artists, including a Skills Data Bank (if you are looking for paid work), image scanning services, data entry, documentation of your work (still or video), video editing, proof reading, and more.

The Future of GYST:

We are looking at adding a grant reviewing service, online access to GYST software, and adding more resources for you on our website. Please let us know if you would like these additions. If all goes well, we will be launching our new software in February of 2010 just in time for the College Art Association Conference in Chicago.

So, Happy Holidays Everyone and may 2010 be a successful year for all of you! And let us know if we can help!

Best regards,

Karen Atkinson (founder) and the rest of the GYST Team


Update #1

How we're doing.

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We're hard at work on the GYST 3.0 update! If you want to see some of the new stuff we've been doing check out the text for our newest resource section on Artist Websites. Visit the gyst blog to see the new text at http://gyst-ink.com/blog/.... Check back here often to see some of the new features we are adding!

Make sure to tell your friends about this kickstarter campaign. It will only work with your help.


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    Hey, every little bit counts, right? We will send you our popular “10 Steps to Getting Your Sh*t Together”. We give this presentation to groups all over the country and people love it. It’s packed with tons of advice, links and resources.

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    Get your Artist Statement or Resume reviewed by an arts professional, OR you can subscribe to our Skills Data Bank for Artists for one year. This can be for you or you can give it as a gift. You’ll also get a fancy Artist At Work Bumper Sticker for your car, bike, horse & buggy, or private jet. All contributions of $20 or more will receive a listing on our website (as per your instructions) as a giant thank you.

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    We’ll send you an Artist At Work T-shirt to flatter your figure, plus an Artist At Work Bumper Sticker. OR, We’ll review your artist statement and resume. And we’ll give you a shout out on our website

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    We will give you all the benefits of the $30 dollar category, plus the first 15 people to pledge in this category get a copy of Jackie Battenfields new book “The Artists’ Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love”. It will change your life. And everyone who pledges in this category gets a shout out on our website.

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    If you already own GYST and you pledge this amount you can upgrade your GYST software to the 3.0 edition. We are planning on charging $75 for the upgrade, so you'll save $20.

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    If you already own GYST you pledge this amount and upgrade your GYST software to the 3.0 edition. We are planning on charging $75 for the upgrade, so you'll save $20.

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    We will give you an Artist Statement and Resume Review, an ARTIST AT WORK t-shirt, a FREE listing in the Artist Skills Databank for one year, and a digital copy of the NEW GYST Artist Survival Skills Handbook with over 400 pages of information every artist needs to know. And we’ll give you a shout out on our website.

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    You’ll get your own copy of the NEW GYST 3.0 software. It’s gonna retail for $150, so anything less than this is a real bargain. For every $100 you donate you get a copy of the software. So buy a copy for you and all your artist friends. Give it as a graduation present or as a subtle way to nudge someone to get their shit together. Plus, we’ll give you a big shout out on our website.

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    You will receive our popular software for every $100 you contribute. Plus donors in this category get a workshop voucher for yourself or an artist you know valid for anyone who lives in the Southern California region. Or, you can create a named scholarship for low-income artists so that the may take the full workshops series free of charge. You’ll also get a digital copy of the GYST Artist Survival Skills Handbook, an ARTIST AT WORK t-shirt, an ARTIST AT WORK BUMPER STICKER, and an ARTIST AT WORK coffee mug. And, of course, we’ll give you a big fat thanks on our website.

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    Will sponsor a FREE artist statement review workshop for up to 20 artists in the Southern California region. Also you get one copy of the new GYST software for every $100 you pledge. You’ll also get a digital copy of the GYST Artist Survival Skills Handbook, an ARTIST AT WORK t-shirt, an ARTIST AT WORK BUMPER STICKER, and an ARTIST AT WORK coffee mug. Plus we’ll give you an even bigger thank-you on our website.

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    You will receive a 10-pack of CD’s for you to give away to your artist friends as gifts (Pretty please don’t resell them). We also want to thank you with a personal phone call. You can use this phone call as a consultation session about anything in your art life that you need help with. This consultation is also transferable to an artist. You’ll also get a digital copy of the GYST Artist Survival Skills Handbook, an ARTIST AT WORK t-shirt, an ARTIST AT WORK BUMPER STICKER, and an ARTIST AT WORK coffee mug. And we’ll thank you with resounding praise on our blog and website.

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