ZONEZ is a public benefit startup whose mission is to revitalize and promote communities by supporting the independent artist, musician, DJ and fashion designer. We do this by democratizing live, high traffic public spaces to provide exposure and access to thousands of new, passionate fans worldwide via music street festivals and Artwalks through our tech platform.
Although there have been many innovative business models for artists created due to the internet, there are still barriers to getting exposure in the offline world due to an existing gatekeeper paradigm. You can't play at major festivals unless you have a booking agent. You can't sell your clothes on Melrose or 5th Avenue unless you go through a buyer. And you can't present your artwork at most museums unless, well, you're dead (we're joking but you get the point). We theorize that this is a major reason why the "starving artist" stereotype still holds true today.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Kevin Kelly, editor of Wired Magazine, famously coined the term 1,000 True Fans whereby if an artist were to find at least one thousand fans who would pay $50 - $100 per year, this would provide a decent living wage for majority of artists.
Unfortunately, it is challenging to develop that kind of connection purely online.
The internet still can't replicate the feeling of hearing a song live, touching the fabric of a new jacket, observing the details of a painting or dancing with fellow fans so we want to break down these barriers so that you can truly make the art you want vs compromising your creative vision.
Additionally, from time to time, we also may secure sponsorships and fees from foundations, advertising and civic partners. In those cases, we share the proceeds with artists in a fair, equitable and transparent manner.
Come join the evolution...
SF native, Hippie without the hair. Certified M&A Advisor with 22 years commercial and residential real estate finance & sales. Have worked for several Proptech startups in Silicon Valley. Member of (IDA) International Downtown Association, (IEDC) International Economic Development Council & (ICMA) International City/County
Management Association. Guitar player & drummer
UC Berkeley graduate in Anthropology. Drummer, DJ and guitarist. Has opened for major acts such as Lynryd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, English Beat and Cyndi Lauper. Previously signed to indie label Birdman Records
Product & marketing leader experienced in account based marketing, community, knowledgemanagement, demand generation, optimization, product strategy, data protection, collaboration platforms, and customer experience in Silicon Valley. Previously worked for Cisco. Aspiring author and fashion designer
25 years Sales and Management Experience in Silicon Valley. Previously worked as a licensed mental health clinician specializing in emergency psychiatry. Jazz and blues producer/keyboard player
CTO with over two decades of tech experience. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. Technical strategist, as well as an Internet, Social Media, and marketing consultant.
Former fintech startup founder/CEO and bank president with 40 years cross-border banking experience in both Japan and US. Previously worked for Shinsei, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of America and Chase.
17 Years Software design engineer/QA. Extensive knowledge of financial and marketplace platforms. Bachelor of Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude - Cebu Doctor's University, UCLA Extension. iDare Volunteer - Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
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