What Tenlegs Is
Tenlegs is an NYC-based startup dedicated to helping emerging and independent artists to connect with each other for rewarding collaboration, with organizations for freelance opportunities, and with their fans and critics for meaningful interaction. We do this through tenlegs.com, offline channels and any other way that we find an opportunity to help the artistic community.
The Need We Serve
We strive to serve all the essential needs of artists doing business
- Find buyers of their services or finished pieces, i.e. money
- Find other artists to collaborate with
- Showcase and market their services and/or artworks
- Get recognized for their work
What We Do
Tenlegs seeks to be a democratizing force that leverages technology and business knowledge to provide needed support to artists all over the world.
- We build tools for artists to share their personal vision and showcase their work to attract collaborators and work opportunities.
- We bring companies and individuals in need of creative work together with our members for fruitful, meaningful and long-lasting work relationships.
- We make it possible for teams of varying sizes and geographies to come together to collaborate efficiently.
- We put artists in control of their own pricing and distribution.
From concept to distribution, whether you're selling your services or wish to sell a completed work, Tenlegs keeps the artist in control of the process.
What We Believe
By and large, artists have gotten the short end of the stick in business transactions. Business folk who recognize the opportunity to monetize a creative asset (or service) do so at the expense of the ones doing the creating. In their view, they are bringing the business, so they deserve their (sizable) cut. Artists are left with only as much as the business person can get away with giving them. Artists, who generally do not have an acute business sense (and happy for someone to be handling that side of things) take what they can get, giving up a disproportionate amount of proceeds to the "market maker".
We at Tenlegs believe these traditional relationships are wrong, and luckily, no longer necessary. It is easier and less costly than ever for artists to work anywhere on their own terms. We are here to support today's artists in their endeavors, to provide them with with the tools, knowledge, connections and resources to thrive in their chosen careers.
The future belongs to the creators and we're doing our best to bring that future closer and closer every day.
Why We Want You
Tenlegs believes all forms of art are is a vital cultural force that positively impact us all. We believe in the artistic cause and are passionately committed to continual learning and exploration of new trends, techniques and forms. So if you are an independent thinker who challenges the status quo by looking at the world in new and provocative ways, if you make things that translate your personal vision into something that others can see, hear, taste, smell or feel, Tenlegs is here to help you get and stay on your feet.
Tell us about yourself.
Show us what moves you.
Who We Are
We're actually a bit closer to twelve, but Twenty-Four Legs didn't have the same ring to it. We're a creative bunch, working to strike a balance between idealism and practicality, creativity and business sense. All together, we're focused on creating the perfect environment for artists to professionally prosper.
How We Got Started
The idea for Tenlegs sprouted from a fruitless attempt to find a couple of short films by a particular talented, but not-well-known indie filmmaker. They were nowhere! Frustrating, right? Why wouldn't such a talented artist have their content easily accessible for the world to see?
We spoke with disbelief to friends in the film and art community and began to understand how difficult it is for an artist to successfully make a living, without being taken advantage of. Whether it was for finding paid gigs or distributing and selling their own creations, very few resources existed that facilitated the business side of an artist's creative pursuits, without asking for significant compromise.
So, a group of friends got together, left the corporate world and went on a mission: to empower emerging and independent artists with the tools and resources that are readily available in the business world. A network to make connections and begin collaborations, especially across art forms and geographies. A set of tools to create a personalized store to showcase and sell their work. Bringing paid creative opportunities enabling them to prosper without compromise.