Advocacy & Altruism
doing our part to make the field a better place
Venture’s founder contributes time as a mentor to Chicago area arts organizations via Pentacle’s Help Desk® program (which supports the professional infrastructure of dance companies and independent choreographers; and works with participants to develop a strong sense of community and empowerment) and is a regular participant at performing arts service organization conferences as a speaker on technology based topics and provide mentoring and professional counsel free of charge.
Each fiscal year, Venture contributes no less than 40 hours of pro bono work to users, additional arts orgs, and service organizations. It’s our responsibility to give back to the local community and the national arts field and we’re proud to accommodate more and more requests each year.
Dedicated to providing practical tips, tricks, and pointers for getting things done as an arts manager, ArtsHacker is the result of good old fashioned necessity by providing high quality nuts-and-bolts oriented content from a broad cross section of volunteer contributors; each with unique skills, experience, and areas of expertise. Venture’s founder serves as volunteer editor-in-chief alongside the expert contributors.
Arts Admin Jobs
Developed by Venture’s founder and managed by Venture resources, it is the most advanced arts admin jobs listing service available; but unlike competitors, it is completely free for employers and candidates. Its motto is “Unlimited access and free to post, free to browse, and free to apply. No tricks, no fine print, no nonsense.” – ArtsAdminJobs.com
We contribute to the open source software community in order to improve and maintain this vital resource for all arts orgs and artists.
A Responsible Business Model
Sensitive to the needs of nonprofits and artists., Venture is designed as an uncompromising solution to promote everything an arts organization needs to design, launch, and manage their website, events management, email marketing, and metrics at a level exceeding results from traditional bespoke solutions that cost tens of thousands of dollars on up.
We reject predatory practices that gouge users in favor of a business model that embraces sustainability over blind profit margins.
A responsible, sustainable business model is at the heart of our organization. Venture combines the best features of open source content management platforms and purpose built applications to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology. All of this conspires to give Venture the capacity to have the same impact on arts organizations that Henry Ford’s Model T had on the auto industry.
To that end, Venture’s sustainability only improves as additional users are added. Our business plan is designed around an economy of scale model that rejects the old out of sight, out of mind working relationship approach between developers and clients. Since Venture functions as a cloud based platform, it doesn’t matter if we have 1 or 100 users, ongoing maintenance and support demands increase at a fraction of the rate as capacity. And since the profit margins remain consistent, that means we’re able to redirect additional profit into keeping costs as null as possible while continuously improving and upgrading features and functionality.
All of this means that Venture users get to have their cake and eat it too (without paying an arm and leg for it). And that’s the way it should be; there’s no reason you should accept anything less.