"From the King's Court to Kickstarter:Patronage in the Modern Era" dispels the myth of the starving artist and provides a roadmap for entrepreneurial artists of all kinds who want to create the kind of art they are passionate about and make a great living doing it. Author Julie Austin is a former TV/film executive and TV sponsorship director. She is also the CEO of Indie Sponsor and Speaker Sponsor, the only directories for artists seeking small business sponsorship.
Julie Austin, author of the new book "From the King's Court to Kickstarter: Patronage in the Modern Era" is helping artists make a good living doing what they do best...create. Thrive Global calls it "an idea that could change the world."
They say that history repeats itself, and art patronage is no different. From emperors, kings, and noblemen to small businesses, large corporations, and the public, art patrons have helped shape our culture and society as a whole. The symbiotic relationship between artist and patron has fluctuated from the hired hand commissioned to entertain royalty, to the entrepreneurial artist making fortunes creating their own art and charting their own destinies.
Prior to the Renaissance, most artists were unknown craftsmen working on commission. But thanks to the infusion of capital under the powerful Medici banking family, the number of working artists and celebrity artists increased. The period of the Renaissance changed art as we know it. Suddenly art was accessible to everyone, not just royalty and the elite.
Julie Austin is an award-winning author, inventor, futurist, and innovation keynote speaker. She's an internationally known thought leader on the topic of innovation, and CEO of the consulting firm Creative Innovation Group. She's been an innovation keynote speaker for corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Northrop Grumman, and Cognizant Technology Solutions. She's also been featured in the books
The millennium brings with it another big change in art patronage. "We're entering a new Renaissance," says Austin, "a digital Renaissance, that not only makes art accessible to everyone, but patronage as well. There's never been a better time in history to be an artist. With crowd-funding, corporate sponsorship, grants, venture capital, and angel investors, there's no reason for an artist not to make a living."
"From the King's Court to Kickstarter" (available on Amazon) traces the history of entrepreneurial artists and their relationship to patrons. Many times patronage can mean the difference between being a starving artist and a wealthy one. And today there is enough patronage to go around.
Julie Austin comes from an entertainment background as a TV and film actor and film distributor, but also has a business background as an inventor and innovator with a NASDAQ-winning product that's sold in 24 countries. She is an international in-demand motivational innovation speaker.