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ART LICENSING RESOURCES/LINKS 10.27.10 - additional resource page at:

Art Licensing Agents: (LIMA database)

Paid Resources: Trade Magazines, Licensing Directories

Most industries have trade magazines that let people in the industry know what is going on. Subscribing to these magazines will help you learn about companies creating products, signing deals, expanding operations, etc.
Look at the articles and the ads to discover manufacturers you might not be familiar with, then head to the web and start the search process. Many of these publications also have very helpful websites and email updates that you can subscribe to as well.

Gift Beat Magazine (Trade Magazine for the Gift Industry):

Gifts & Decorative Accessories Magazine (Trade Magazine for the Gift Industry):

Giftware News Magazine (Trade Magazine for the Gift Industry):

Greetings, Etc. (Greeting Card / Stationery Market):

EPM Communications (The Licensing Letter, Licensing Sourcebook & more):

Lema Publishing (Several Trade Magazine in the U.K.):

License! Magazine (Trade Magazine for the Licensing Industry):

Party Paper Magazine (Trade Magazine for Party Industry):

Total Art Licensing (Trade Magazine for the Licensing Industry)

Art Licensing Info

Links to the main shows in the US:

Craft & Hobby Association, Art & Design Section
Part of the winter CHA show, this is a place to connect with manufacturers, especially
those in the craft and hobby industries.

Licensing International Expo
Held each June. In 2009 they are moving the show from New York to Las Vegas. This
is like “Disneyland” for licensing. There is an art & design section for artists and agents.
Most of the show is full of movie and TV companies – complete with characters like
Strawberry Shortcake™ and Shrek™ walking around, depending on the year.

PrintSource is a key resource for textile design, prints and patterns. Traditionally it has
been a show where artists sell designs for a flat fee rather than licensing. They are
adding a licensing section for 2009.

Surtex: Selling and Licensing Art & Design
Held each May in New York City. The show runs concurrently with the New York
Stationery Show.

In Atlanta, there are 3 huge merchandise marts that have different shows during the
year. With permanent showrooms and temporary shows throughout the year,
AmericasMart can boast the premier shows for the Gift Industry. The biggest show is
in January, the next is in July. A large array of home furnishings are there as well.
Look at the website for the full scope of things.

International Housewares Association Show
This is the place to go for tabletop, some housewares and kitchen textiles contacts.

International Quilt Market
There are 2 shows for the fabric and quilt markets. The fall show, usually in Houston, TX in October is the main show. There is also a show in May that changes location.

National Stationery Show
Main show for greeting cards, gift wrap and general paper products. Held each May
in New York City.

Relationships are key to your professional success.

Linkedin is a site for professional relationships and I highly recommend that you find and join groups that relate to art business and licensing as well as any others that you are interested in.
Here is a link to a post by Cherish Fleider on the art licensing info blog:

Art Licensing Manager - customized data management
specifically for art licensing biz (created by Tara Reed and Camp Software:

Art Licensing Mindsets - 24 week Audio Postcard Program by Tara Reed
Then Tara Reed's Art Licensing Mindset Audio Postcard Series might be just what you are looking for! A weekly skill or mindset is delivered to your inbox – just click, listen and implement the concepts to help build your business.
Using a snowglobe analogy for your comfort zone, week 1 will have you look at 22 skills and mindsets that will help you succeed in licensing. Then you learn about one topic per week so you can absorb and retain the information without being overwhelmed.

Art Licensing Contracts - articles online:

Porterfields Fine Art

E-HOW Art Licensing Agreements

Licensing Artwork: Negotiating and Monitoring Royalty Payments
For artists who have successfully licensed their works, royalty payments can provide welcome additional income. Learn about royalties so you can negotiate a good deal.

Should you license or assign your art?

Mary Engelbreit top licensing artist


50 Best Blogs for Watercolor (and all) Artists


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or call Debra at: 305.298.2023

updated August 7, 2011