The second round of particpants for the Geeks in Residence program from the Australia Council for the Arts was recently announced, and I am very pleased to say that I am now the Resident Geek for the Arts Law Centre of Australia – well virtually in residence anyway.
The Geeks in Residence program is a great program by Arts Digital Era, part of the Australia Council for the Arts, that pairs up Geeks with Arts organisations that need a bit of a helping hand to find their way in the online world. Whilst it is mainly focused around getting help around social media, and online presence, some organisations also need some help in the back office systems, and that is where I can help. For some more information about the Geek in Residence program, have a look at the application process and FAQs page. The program also has it’s own website.
ArtsLaw provides a great service to all forms of artists from around the country to provide legal advice and legal services such as reviewing a contract, or downloading a standard agreement. This is a great service and very much needed in the art community.
After recently launching a great new website, ArtsLaw now need some help in streamlining some of the back-end systems to more integrate the website with the internal business processes, and that is where I am helping out.
The Geek in Residence program is technically meant to be just that – in residence, but as I had already made plans to move to Melbourne when I was interviewed for the program, we were able to juggle it a bit and I am still able to help ArtsLaw, virtually, using a few great online collaboration tools and the good old telephone. (There will be some face to face time required in the Sydney office as we start to do some of the implementation and training). This also fits in quite nicely with the new systems and tools we will be implementing at ArtsLaw as it’s all about building on the success of their new website and moving to a more online way of working.
A big thanks to Fee Plumley, the woman behind Arts Digital Era and the Geeks in Residence Programe, and I wish her well in her new adventure. Also a big thanks to the team at ArtsLaw, as I am really enjoying working with you and I can’t wait to get these new systems and tools in place.