GYSTBasic is Loaded With Features
GYSTBasic Has Hundreds of Features to Help You Get Your Sh*t Together!
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Written expressly for visual artists, GYST is a database program to help artists keep track of their artwork, business aspects, proposals, mailing lists, etc. It also includes tons of information on every aspect of an artists' career, including over 200 web links and resources for additional perspectives on business aspects of the arts, and 400 pages of vital information for artists.
GYST Installation Manual PDF
GYST Getting Started Guide PDF
GYST User Guide PDF: Over two hundred pages chock full of User Information that you didn't even know you needed!
(all three are located inside the GYST Folder, inside the Documentation Folder after you install)
User Information: To personalize this file, fill in your user information. It will automatically pop up on all other parts of the database.
Survey: Take the GYST survey to get an idea of what you know and don't. It is a good idea to take the survey at the beginning. Gauge your learning curve by taking the survey as often as possible. The survey will automatically add up your score to see how you are doing.
Exhibition Forms: Forms to help you keep track of your exhibitions, budgets, and to do lists for each project. Create an Artwork List for each of your exhibitions and print it out in a number of ways.
Presentation Ideas: A list of what to expect from different venues, pros and cons and ideas for showing outside a traditional context.
Master To Do List: A handy "to do" list to keep track of all the details. It can be sorted by project, dates, and/or priority. You also have a separate Exhibition To Do List in the Exhibition Forms section so you don't have to lump everything together. Includes three different views to keep track of your life.
Artwork Inventory: Enter each artwork you finish in this database and never lose an artwork again. Keep track of your inventory by titles, sizes etc. You can import a photo, describe the work, and track by number. You can also keep track of where the work is, when it should have been returned, and if it has sold. Don't wait until you have made a name for yourself to begin this process. Even Robert Rauschenberg doesn't know where all his early work is.
Getting the Word Out: A guide to writing and sending out press releases, press packets, invitations, and other public relations ideas. Once you make the work, make sure others know about it.
Proposal Tracking: Ever forgotten where you have sent proposals and slides? Keep track of all your grants, proposals, deadlines, and when you should hear from funders or organizations.
Grants & Proposals: This is a good place to keep track of all the research information you gather about funders, grants and proposals. Have the contact information, and deadlines at your fingertips.
Legal Issues and Contracts: This has information about copyright, and various artists' rights laws. It also includes a list of contract content you can use as a checklist.
Artist's Statements: A good guide to writing an artist's statement. Helpful hints are included, as well as suggestions for writer's block.
Resume: A guide for creating useful resumes for jobs, teaching, and artist projects. Useful hints for keeping your resume up-to-date.
Mailing List: A good mailing list is a must for getting the word out about your projects and exhibitions. This searchable database has all the categories for a basic mailing list. Sort by category, zip code, address, or name.
Documentation: Although slide labels will be history soon, many applications still require them. This section will introduce the current changes in documenting your work.
Research Notes: A place to keep track of your research notes. Great for writers or for collecting gobs of information and sorting it later. You can sort by keywords, project name, the notes text itself, if it is a quote or not and the source.
Links and Resources: Links and resources for most of your business-related needs and more. Includes publications and organizations, Web sites, and more.