Friday, August 11, 2006


A Neo-Renaissance Workshop and Patronage Network

For the Attention of: Artists, Architects, Inventors, Designers, Game Developers, Musicians and Composers, Filmmakers, Photographers and also possibly for Writers, Editors, etc.

A Business Proposal: This idea is for the types of people listed above, and also possibly for other types of people as the project develops. The actual project itself is for the development of a Renaissance type workshop consisting of the member parties. When I say workshop I do not mean a modern learning workshop or one time classroom venue, but rather a Workshop along the lines of a Renaissance Workshop, a business venture run as a “for profit Enterprise” devoted to various kinds of artistic, scientific and spiritual output. The Workshop would operate along the lines of the various Renaissance Workshops, which were run by the great Renaissance Masters such as Leonardo, Raphael, El Greco, etc.

The Workshop, which I have entitled the Omniworks Generare would be devoted to two purposes, to securing and completing artistic projects for the various members and their clients, and to the establishment of a modern system of patronage for the securing and completion of artistic projects; secular, civic and sacred.

How this Came About: I have been considering this idea for some period of time. I have been working on trying to develop a modern system of patronage for artwork projects for years, and have also been working on related projects such as the establishment of modern laboratories and observatories in various churches, as well as the creation of modern Artistic Workshops based upon the basic Renaissance Model. Recently, due to the encouragement of both family and friends I have decided to begin publishing my fictional writings, instead of just my non-fictional writings and works, yet other people, from time to time, also approach me asking them to undertake and complete various photographic, film-work, artistic, scientific, religious, architectural, illustrative and design projects for them. Sometimes I do not have the time, with the amount of work I have to currently complete, to undertake and finish these other projects due to a desire to concentrate first and foremost upon my writing projects. Yet I would often very much like to be involved in these other projects, either directly or indirectly.

And so I have simply combined my projects to develop a modern patronage network and system, with the idea of being involved in multiple projects simultaneously, formulating these pursuits upon the Renaissance Workshop model and plan to run this venture as a for profit enterprise.

Background: My personal background as it relates to this venture is as follows. I have been a writer (mostly non-fiction) and artist for over 25 years. I have been composing music in score form for about 7 years. I have previously run my own business as a contacts and financing broker and consultant, which I did for roughly ten years. I still consult for various clients and I maintain my old contact networks and well as continually develop new contacts and build new networks.

How it would Work: The Omniworks Generare would function as a modern day Model of a Renaissance Workshop, described below in the section entitled, Model.

My part- My function in the Workshop would be to Coordinate all projects, liaison between client and the Producer(s) of work, I would be Chief of Project Design, I would maintain, grow and develop the various contacts’ brokerage and patronage networks, as well as handle most of the business affairs, including contracts and negotiations with clients, etc, except for those dealings requiring an attorney or direct association between client and producer.

Your part- Your part in the Workshop as a Producer of Work would be to compete for and participate in specific projects, produce your own best work on time and as specified according to the wishes of the client and the project design parameters, assist with contacts and with securing and developing new clients and new sources of patronage, and in general handle any other affair which your duties required.

Model: During the Renaissance period certain masters developed Workshops from which they produced their various works and ran their various ventures. Often these Workshops were multi-purpose, multi-functional enterprises that produced artwork, engineering models, scientific discoveries, inventions, commissioned assignments, architectural designs, sacred and civic projects, and consumer goods. Occasionally they produced music, clothing designs, plays, and various entertainments as well. Practically anything that could be produced by the Master and his Apprentices. The Omniworks Generare will be a modern day recreation of these “Workshops” and will engage itself in any project for which we can produce a good output or completed work. The types of projects in which we will engage will be any project in which our imagination and inventiveness can produce a product or service of the required quality and functionality. In this way the Workshop will be a direct descendent of the best workshops created during the Renaissance period.

However the Omniworks Generare will function differently from the Renaissance Model in regards to the relationship between the Master and Apprentices. Indeed there will be no Master, but instead I will function as Chief of Project Design in most cases. As such that will be my title instead of Master. Others in the Workshop will be known not as Apprentices but rather as Producers of Work, or simply Producers. The Producer will be considered differently from the Apprentice in that the Producer can competitively bid for any work he or she feels capable of producing instead of just being assigned work by the Chief of Project Design. In addition, depending upon the parameters of the given project the Producer may make higher fees for work completed to the client’s satisfaction, may even take a percentage of profit form complicated or involved projects, and is free under certain circumstances to negotiate directly with the client. In addition in certain cases the Producer(s) may work directly with the Chief of Project Design to make his or her own contributions to project design and/or project development.

Depending upon the nature of the individual project a Producer may become a Special Projects’ Designer, a Coordinator of Divisional Projects, or a Business Coordinator.

At some point in the future the Omniworks Generare may incorporate, possibly as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)

Profits and Pay: In most circumstances the profits would be generated by agreed upon fees for the completion of a given project. If you as the Producer simply complete a given project based upon a design developed by me, or by me in conjunction with the client, then you would receive 35% of the entire fee of that particular project as your pay as Producer of the work, once work has been completed and monies paid for the final project. If however you contributed to the actual design as well as producing the work then you could receive up to 50% of the entire fee for the completion of that particular project.

In certain other circumstances, and depending upon the project, the Producer might also take a percentage of profits generated in lieu of a fee, or might even be able to negotiate a percentage of profits as well as securing a fee for completion of the project.

With certain large projects it may be possible that more than one producer be involved, or that even a group effort is involved, in which case fees and profits would be split due to the effort produced by each individual, and as fairly negotiated by the party.

It may also be possible, as the overall venture develops, for individual Producers to offer their own personal productions (that is work produced by individual effort and not for Workshop assignment, contract, or patronage) for sale through the Workshop Network.

The exact nature and structure of compensation and pay would depend upon the nature and structure of the particular project being undertaken.

Marketing: I have in mind several vehicles for the promotion and marketing of the Workshop. These include the development of a specific Contacts Network (as well as tapping other related Networks) for this venture, the creation of this blog and/or websites designed specifically to promote the Omniworks, and eventually I also hope to develop a List of Ongoing and Temporary Assignments, similar to a Business Brokerage List which could be periodically forwarded to all Producers or could be posted to the Web so that Producers could pick and choose between the Assignments and Projects they desire to work upon. Of course we would also rely upon an established client Base, word of mouth advertisement, other forms of advertisement, our personal and collective professional reputations, and all Producers would be free to market the Workshop in their day-to-day personal activities.

Types of Projects Likely to be Undertaken: The types of projects likely to be undertaken by the Workshop include, but are not limited to; Graphic Art of various kinds, Illustrations (children’s books, non-fiction, fictional works, maps, etc.), Graphic Novels, Comic Art, Logo Design, Iconography, Sacred Art, Civic Art, Sketchwork, Software Development, Inventions, Schematics, Music, Filmwork and Videowork, Photography, Hard Games (physical and board games), Role Playing Games, Wargames, Transferable Skill Simulations, Computer Aided Design, Video and Computer Game Design and Development, Virtual Reality, Internet and Web Projects, General Design as well as possibly including Architecture and Engineering Projects, and some Writing and/or Editing.

Additional Information: If you would like more information or would like to become part of the Workshop then you may contact me by email. However I am only interested in serious inquiries by people who would be genuinely interested in producing work, on-time, and according to project specifications, who are willing to compete for work and put forth their best efforts, and who would like to earn a profit for their work and grow and develop this enterprise and business venture. It will take time and effort to grow this Workshop but I envision it as an eventual international and extensive effort with a deep and broad list of contacts and project types. As soon as possible I will develop a Blog and/or Website that you may visit for more information.

© JWG, Jr. 2006

™ JWG, Jr. 2006

® JWG, Jr. 2006

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