The folks over at artist support organization Fractured Atlas have made it easier than ever for artists to lock down performance spaces. Previously just a place where listings could be found, NYC Performing Arts Spaces has been completely revamped. It’s now a slick, full-service search tool that lets you find, book, and pay for a venue all at once, The Observer reports.
Theaters can use the service for a mere $20 a month, and Fractured Atlas claims the platform is already helping beta testers bring in business. One organization, Fourth Arts Block, has reportedly rented as much space in the last month as the four months prior. The system also promises to be a good way to fill last-minute vacancies, similar to what Hotels.com and Expedia do for the travel business. Half of beta testers were looking for space within the next seven days, while 25 percent wanted something within the next 48 hours.
While the site does need to cover costs, Fractured Atlas Executive Director Adam Hutter maintains that the site is “fundamentally a noncommercial service”. It’s just another tool to help artists get a leg up, which is always a good thing.