So, You Wanna Get Made?
Then you have to be willing to go old school!
Copy & paste the application questions into an email, answer 'em and email it to:
admin @ midlandcraftmafia.com (minus the spaces.)
Business website (if no website, please send 3 jpeg photos of your work):
Date business was started:
Why do you want to join Midland Craft Mafia?
What craft shows or events have you attended or participated in?
What skills do think you would you bring to the group?
What's your opinion of the Midland art and craft scene?
What do you like best/least about Midland?
3 (or more!) interesting facts about you:
How do I become part of the Midland Craft Mafia? We’re opening up our doors for the summer/fall rush, and accepting new members! If you are interested, please e-mail Lori starting now and we will contact you to confirm your interest. Open Membership drive ends September 30th, although crafty businesses that are interested after that date will be voted on by the Mafia collectively.
What information do I need to give you? A bunch of questions are to the left of this FYI, with instructions on where to send it.
What are the requirements? First, you must be local to the Midland Ontario area. This is so you can participate in meetings, shows, and support your familia of artists. You must have a current online store /website / Etsy shop/ blog, and you must link it back to THIS site. (If you don't have something online, one of the family will be willing to help you set up a Facebook page.) You must be an active & practicing indie crafter. You must be willing to volunteer a little of your time and help support your fellow crafters.
What types of crafters are you looking for? We represent all sorts of people and all types of indie craft – competition is fierce these days and we are looking for artists who stand out and offer something exciting and fresh. You can be an old-skool crafter who’s been on the scene a while or a newcomer who’s trying to break into the craft scene. The more original and high-quality the better.
We want crafters who will actively participate in frequent events & sales, and are or want to be active business-people growing their own businesses as well as nurturing the indie craft community.
It helps if you are familiar with local crafters and shows, especially members of the Craft Mafia – the more positive interactions we’ve had with you, the better your chances are.
What is required of an active member? Members are required to pay a small yearly dues fee ($20) which goes to support our yearly Mafia Dues, costs and other advertising needs. We also require you to link your website/etsy shop to the Midland Craft Mafia website. We'll have a private Facebook page to keep you in the know, and send out periodic emails.
We also expect you to be in regular communication with the administrator & the rest of the group - answer e-mails and vote when asked. We'll have a public Facebook fan page & blog to promote our events to the public. We also have quarterly meetings – barring emergencies or unavoidable conflicts, we expect you to attend three out of four.
Most importantly, we want members to be INVOLVED and ACTIVE. Volunteering is encouraged and everyone must help in whatever ways they can to make events successful.
What are the benefits? There are lots! You are automatically accepted to mafia-curated & mafia-created shows, and at a discount. You get to be part of a vibrant & supportive community dedicated to promoting one another and celebrating our shared successes. Nice people, very little drama. You’ll hear about events and opportunities before almost anyone else. You have the support network you need to create & grow a show or event of your own. Our advertising and reputation for pure awesomeness will reflect on your business. We've got a Facebook secret site for members only, to offer extra craft supplies, arrange for shared rides to shows and crafting shops and more. You'll also get a discount on Mafia events for table spaces, and first pick of table space.
Open Membership drive begins NOW and ends Sept 30th.
Please contact admin @ midlandcraftmafia.com if you have more questions.