We provide a platform where artists of all mediums can find the space to express their creativity
Art needs space
Artists have no place to work. They have no place to rehearse, paint, move, sing or perform.
Broadway has been shuttered; university art studios are empty, live performances cancelled. This has left 62% of artist without work. According to the Rand Corporation "the vast majority of artists have likely lost some or all of their income."1
At Artra, we are on a mission to enable artist of all mediums to find affordable space to create and share their work with the world.
How we got here
We'd been searching for weeks. The living room just wasn't going to cut it anymore. Like many young actors, we were sick of waiting for acting opportunities, so we decided to create the opportunity for ourselves and put on a two-man show. In a cramped New York City apartment, we hunched over our computers and began to look for rehearsal spaces.
The only problem was that we couldn't find any.
We tried rehearsing in the aforementioned apartment - impossible. We searched for a space on social media - not reliable. We looked at renting out designated rehearsal studios in Manhattan - expensive.
To our surprise, we realized there was no central place to search fo rehearsal or performance spaces. After digging through countless websites that dated back before the release of the iPhone, and surviving some rough negotiations on social media, we knew - there had to be a better way.
We turned to fellow artists and found that the problem was far more widespread than our two-man show.
When you make your own work, whether writing a play, composing a song, or choreographing a dance - finding a space to share your work is a massive challenge. If you are lucky enough to find that space, odds are it will cost an arm and a leg to rent. And you need those arms and legs to paint, dance, or dramatically gesture to stage left.
Traditional ways of renting space directly from theaters or galleries are too expensive. For example, renting an off-Broadway theater can cost up to $25,000 a week. To find one, you have to sift through old websites, communicate back and forth, or do all of that just to schedule a phone call.
There are countless creative spaces collecting dust - Artra is here to do a little housekeeping. There never has been a better time or place to explore what the world has to offer artists.
Still have questions? This should help.
How does Artra work?
Artra is an online platform for discovering and booking creative space. We connect artists, dancers, actors, musicians, and other creatives with studios, galleries, rehearsal, and performance spaces nearby. Artists can search for spaces, compare prices, contact space owners, and request to book, all through our platform.
Why should I use Artra?
If you own a space, Artra will connect you with a growing community of artists, which will increase your bookings and revenue. We reduce the time and financial burden that you would otherwise put into marketing your space and give you the tools to easily manage your bookings.
Are there any transaction fees?
No - in our ongoing effort to support artists, we don't charge any transaction fees. We currently charge space owners a nominal monthly fee to list on Artra. This subscription starts at $59/month (details and subscription options here).
How do I add my space?
Once you've created your Artra account, you can choose the subscription that's right for you. After subscribing, click "List Your Space" at the top right. All listings are subject to review to ensure quality. Once you submit your listing for review, you will receive a response within 24 hours.
Do I need insurance for my space?
Yes, you should have an insurance policy in place prior to listing your space on Artra.
Does Artra offer insurance?
No, Artra does not offer an insurance policy for your space. We suggest all space owners have proper insurance for their space and equipment.
Why doesn't Artra offer insurance?
No space marketplace offers insurance that covers your space or guests during time of booking. We feel that offering this type of insurance creates unrealistic expectations, however we are more than happy to work closely with you to resolve any and all disputes or concerns. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.