ArtRageUs1 is committed to promoting the local creative endeavors of artists, musicians and authors. Our guidelines articulate our mission and the details of membership. We have made every effort to establish a membership structure that is manageable and facilitates both the longevity and stability of the gallery and the members.
Guidelines for the Arts Collective at ArtRageUs1
ARTICLE I. NAME
The Arts Collective at ArtRageUs1
ARTICLE II. MISSION
We are a group of creative individuals working collaboratively to support the marketing and sale of our work -- affordable handmade items by local artisans; interesting books by local authors; and intriguing music by local musicians -- in our downtown Brattleboro, Vermont store (57 Elliot Street) as well as online (ArtRageUs1.com)
ARTICLE III. GOALS
Our goal is to offer locally-made high-quality hand-crafted goods to the public, to enable members to make as much money as possible, and to keep the collective sustainable.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP
Section 4.01. Classiﬁcation of Members
The Collective shall have three types of members:
(a) Owners: Members who own the building at 57 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, Vermont, and also own the business -- ArtRageUs1. L.L.C.
(b) Members: Members who joined the Collective at ArtRageUs1. (Artists, Authors, and/or Musicians.)
(c) Honorary Members: Members who are given a membership to the Collective at ArtRageUs1.
Section 4.02. Membership Qualiﬁcations.
(a) Owners must own the building (57 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT) and own the
business (ArtRageUs1. L.L.C.)
(b) Members must be accepted into the Collective and should (preferably):
- Live within 50 miles of Brattleboro.
- Personally create the items submitted for sale in the store.
- Commit to the business both functionally and financially, for a minimum of one year.
- Commit to working some hours for the Collective (0-30 per year.)
- Pay the fees ($10-40 per year.)
- Contribute a percentage of sales to the Collective (10- 25% commission.)
- Inventory work and prepare for sale in the store and online. (Photograph, describe, price (include commission) and label each item, provide a short bio and picture, etc.)
- Read, understand and adhere to all Guidelines.
(c) Honorary Members do not need to meet the requirements for membership.
Section 4.03. Application Process for Membership
(a) An applicant eligible for and desiring admission to membership in the Collective may obtain an application, preferably online through ArtRageUs1.com Applications may also be obtained via an email request to info@ArtRageUs1.com or mailed (by telephone request – 802 490-2277), or picked up at the store (ArtRageUs1, 57 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301).
(b) Submit the application with examples of your work (images, or sound clips, or writing samples) preferably online through ArtRageUs1.com Applications may also be emailed (info@ArtRageUs1.com), mailed (ArtRageUs1, 57 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301) or dropped off at the store.
(c) The application is reviewed, and membership is approved or denied. The Applicant is notified of this decision within two weeks of applying.
(d) If your application is approved, the membership will be activated by creating a Member Account, paying your fees, setting up a Paypal account, and agreeing to the Guidelines of the Collective.
(e) Once a Member Account is created, the member will have access to tutorials to create a profile, add products, view/generate reports about your sold work.
(e) For Artist Members: after activating your account, you will need to make an appointment with the Manager to have an orientation session at the store. To this meeting you will bring: a copy of your bio and a picture of yourself and your items to sell recorded on an Inventory Form (available online and in the store.) We will go over labeling and pricing your items, the Operating Procedures of the store, scheduling your work hours, using the website, etc.
Section 4.04. Transfers Prohibited.
No member may transfer his or her membership or any right arising therefrom.
Section 4.05. Membership Fee.
(a) Artist Members: A one-year nonrefundable membership fee shall be charged to and collected from each Artist Member upon joining the Collective. Currently fees are $40 per year with a 25% commission rate on all items sold and a 30-hour per year work commitment. However, to encourage membership by all and low pricing, we offer the following discounts:
- Members selling only items priced below $10 will pay $10 per year with a 10% commission rate and a 12-hour per year work obligation.
- Members selling only items priced below $25 will pay $20 per year with a 15% commission rate on all items (even those selling for less than $10) and a 18-hour per year work obligation.
- Members selling only items priced below $250 will pay $30 per year wit a 20% commission rate on all items (even those selling for less than $25) and a 24-hour per year work obligation.
- All other members (those selling any items priced over $249.99) will pay $40 per year with a 25% commission rate on all items (even those selling for less than $250.00) and a 30-hour per year work obligation.
(b) Author and Musician members: A one-time nonrefundable application fee shall be charged to and collected from each Author or Musician Member upon joining the Collective. Currently fees are $10 with a 10% commission rate on all items sold and no work commitment. (Volunteering your time -- especially clerking the store -- is greatly appreciated, but not required. Please contact the Manger if you wish to do so.)
Section 4.06. Guidelines and Operating Procedures
(a) Each prospective member shall have access to the Guidelines via the website and in a binder in the store. The Guidelines govern membership.
(b) Each member shall have access to the Operating Procedures, which are also on the website and in a binder in the store. The Operating Procedures explain how the online and Brattleboro store are run.
(c) Each Artist Member shall be given an orientation to the Operating Procedures of the collective. Author and Musician Members are not required to have an orientation, but they may schedule one if desired.
Section 4.07. Termination of Membership
(a) Voluntary Withdrawal: A member shall have the right to resign from the Collective and terminate his or her membership by ﬁling with the Owners a written notice of resignation. The resignation shall become effective immediately without any action on the part of the Collective. The Member will arrange with the Manger to pick up their items in the store and to settle their account.
(b) Death or Dissolution: A membership shall immediately terminate upon the death of a member.
(c) Expulsion: A member may for failure to comply with these Guidelines, rules, or regulations of the Collective, or for any other reason, be expelled by the Owners. Expulsion shall become effective immediately. On expulsion, the name of the member expelled shall be stricken from the membership register and all of his or her rights shall cease. His/her items shall be picked up at the store within thirty days.
ARTICLE V. MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS AND MEMBERS
Section 5.01. Location.
Meetings of members are typically held at the Brattleboro store, unless we outgrow the space.
Section 5.02. Biannual Meetings.
A regular meeting of members shall be held annually in the spring for the purpose of transacting business.
Section 5.03. Special Meetings.
Special meetings of members may be called by the Owners or by ﬁfty-percent (50%) or more of the Members.
ARTICLE VI. RECORDS AND REPORTS
Section 6.01. Required Records.
(a) The Collective shall keep adequate and correct books and records of account of: (1) sales, associated taxes, and commissions, (2) costs (if any) relating to personnel, (3) costs relating to marketing efforts, and (4) the names addresses, inventory and fees paid of the current members.
(b) The Owners shall keep adequate and correct books and records of account of all building costs (including taxes, utilities, insurance, and maintenance.)
Section 6.02. Annual Report.
(a) The Owners will compile an annual report of the Collective. This report will be available for review at the spring meeting and then kept on file for members to view.
(b) The Annual Report shall include: (1) costs relating to the building (taxes, utilities, insurance, and maintenance), (2) a financial statement of sales, associated taxes, and commission, (3) costs relating to personnel (if any), (4) a summary and costs of marketing efforts, and (5) the names addresses, inventory and fees paid of the current members.
ARTICLE VII. INSPECTION RIGHTS
The accounting books for the Collective shall be open to inspection on the written demand of any member at any reasonable time, for a purpose reasonably related to that person’s interests as a member.
ARTICLE VIII. GUIDELINE CHANGES
The Guidelines shall be adopted, amended, or repealed by the Owners in consultation with the members.
ARTICLE IX. OPERATING PROCEDURES
The Operating Procedures will be amended as needed by the Manager and followed by the Members.
ARTICLE X. LIABILITY
(a) Every precaution is taken to make sure the items you submit for sale are safe. However, please understand that the Collective at ArtRageUs1 is not responsible for theft or damage.
(b) We reserve the right to remove any item at anytime from the store or website if deemed inappropriate by the Owners and/or Manager.
(c) Each artist, author, musician, and honorary member at the Collective at ArtRageUs1 holds the copyright to their work.
We hereby certify as the Founders of the Collective at ArtRageUs1 that the foregoing Guidelines constitute the guidelines of this collective, as duly adopted by the founders on May 1, 2015.
Gayle Marie Weitz, Owner, Manager
Nicholas Biddle, Owner
Amended September 2016.