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Awards Sponsorship

Show your support for and connect with makers while gaining exposure to our audience of creative businesses and supporters of handmade.

 

Support Makers and Connect with Creatives

You want to develop brand awareness and loyalty with makers but you aren't sure where to find them. They are the kinds of creative people who you know love your product, but also you feel good about investing in because they are micro businesses making products with love and skill. 

Your business focuses on making a great product, but you are unsure where the opportunities are for product connection with makers, handmade artists, and other creative businesses. You want to reach beyond ads and talking to your own network and help makers in a meaningful way.

When you sponsor the Academy of Handmade Awards, you will be supporting makers who are very loyal to those who support them. You will directly helping to create community for handmade artists. Plus, we can tailor a sponsorship package that creatively and purposefully integrates your business into our awards show. 

The Academy of Handmade Awards is the only awards show that is for makers and by makers. We provide a way for you to show your support for and connect with makers that gives you exposure to our audience of creative businesses and supporters of handmade.

Because we are a targeted community with a very specific focus, your brand won't get lost in the sponsorship shuffle. You will get talked up, noticed and appreciated, with opportunities for exclusivity and first right of refusal for next year's show. Plus, we can work with you to make a package that will best showcase your product.  And we have a very social media savvy audience that we always encourage to post about our sponsors.

Notable Members 

Wondering who the people are that will be exposed to your brand through the awards? Below are some of our more notable members who are movers and shakers in the handmade world. You can view a full list of our members at our Member Directory page.


There are a few ways to sponsor. Below is what these typically look like. 

Monetary Sponsorship

There are several levels of monetary sponsorship that we offer, all of which include visual and verbal recognition at the awards show, on our website and on social media, plus other perks depending on the level of sponsorship. 

  • Presenting Sponsor (one available): Imagine... "The Academy of Handmade Awards presented by Your Brand"! Presenting sponsors receive the most recognition and attention from our audience. You'll basically be everywhere.
  • Red Carpet Sponsor (three available): You will be prominently featured on our red carpet and during the cocktail reception. Plus a brief description of your company will be mentioned during the ceremony. 
  • Category Sponsor (sixteen available): Have your name attached to one of our awards category, such as: "Best Paper Artist presented by Your Brand." Your business will be featured on our website as the presenting sponsor of that category and will be announced at the awards show when that category is presented. For more information on the categories available, please visit our Awards Details & FAQ page.

If you're interested in sponsorship, please click on the button below.

In-Kind Sponsorship

We totally need money to run the show, but we also need a lot of in-kind donations to make it look and feel special! If you have are a product-based company, these are especially great opportunities for you. If you are business that offers your services to makers, donating those to our winners is a great way to get new people exposed to what you offer!

Types of In-kind Sponsorship

VIP Bags

We create 35 VIP bags that are given out at the awards show to guest who have paid for VIP ticketing and other notables at the events. They are given as thank-yous to our volunteers, as well. 

Winner Bags

Our "winners" will receive special bags that include items to help them grow their business. A full introduction of what is in the bags is made during the awards show.

Food and Drink

A cocktail hour featuring light food and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages occurs before the show. Be featured as part of this social time where our creative audience will get to experience your product! 

Decor and Other In-Kind Gifts

We have many other in-kind needs including items for decor, rentals, photography, videography, rides for people, food for volunteers, and other things that will just help make the whole night go much more smoothly. Please feel free to give us suggestions on how you can help! 

Who Can Sponsor In-Kind

Because we want to work with small and large companies, we have several levels with different product minimums for different kinds of companies.

Businesses

Our business sponsors make our guests and our winners feel like this is really something special. When last year's winners were given their prize package, they couldn't believe how generous our sponsors were!

BENEFITS:

  • Logo with link to business featured on our website.
  • Business name listed in program. If there is room, the logo will also be listed, though it will be smaller than those of our monetary sponsors. 
  • If you are a food and drink sponsor, other opportunities for recognition will be made available.
  • Aside from your product being featured in the bags of VIPs and award winners, you can also include a piece a literature in the bag, as well. If you are not sponsoring product for the bags, a piece of literature from your organization can also be placed in the bags. 
  • Donors to the winner bags will be prominently featured in photos with the winners. 
  • Social media and blog posts will highlight your product. Specifics of what this looks like varies depending on the level.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Cost of combined goods must total at least $500 if donating for VIP bags* 
  • Cost of combined goods must total at least $1000 if donating for Best Artist, Master Maker, Outstanding Supporter Business  and Handmade Community Superstar*
  • Provide at least 50 items if donating for VIP bags
  • Provide at least 17 items if donating for Best Artist, Master Maker, Outstanding Business Supporter and Handmade Community Superstar

*Donations lower than these amounts may be accepted but full sponsor benefits may not be granted.

Makers/Small Business/Solopreneuers (nonmember) 

We want to give even the smallest business the opportunity to sponsor! That's why we created this level with low minimum donation levels for nonmembers who want to help makers but don't have a massive budget for giving things away.

BENEFITS:

  • Logo with link to business featured on our website.
  • Business name listed in program. If there is room, the logo will also be listed, though it will be smaller than those of our monetary sponsors. 
  • If you are a food and drink sponsor, other opportunities for recognition will be made available.
  • Aside from your product being featured in the bags of VIPs and award winners, you can also include a piece a literature in the bag, as well. If you are not sponsoring product for the bags, a piece of literature from your organization can also be placed in the bags. 
  • Donors to the winner bags will be prominently featured in photos with the winners. 
  • Social media and blog posts will highlight your product. Specifics of what this looks like varies depending on the level.
  • Membership for anyone donating $500+ of product 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Cost of combined goods must total at least $200 if donating for VIP bags*
  • Cost of combined goods must total at least $500 if donating for Best Artist, Master Maker, Outstanding Business Supporter and Handmade Community Superstar*
  • Provide at least 50 items if donating for VIP bags
  • Provide at least 16 items if donating for Best Artist, Master Maker, Outstanding Business Supporter and Handmade Community Superstar

*Donations lower than these amounts may be accepted but full sponsor benefits may not be granted.

Members

If you are a member of the Academy of Handmade there are no limits on how you can donate other than giving enough for all the bags! 

BENEFITS:

  • Logo with link to business featured on our website.
  • Business name listed in program. If there is room, the logo will also be listed, though it will be smaller than those of our monetary sponsors. 
  • If you are a food and drink sponsor, other opportunities for recognition will be made available.
  • Aside from your product being featured in the bags of VIPs and award winners, you can also include a piece a literature in the bag, as well. If you are not sponsoring product for the bags, a piece of literature from your organization can also be placed in the bags. 
  • Donors to the winner bags will be prominently featured in photos with the winners. 
  • Social media and blog posts will highlight your product. Specifics of what this looks like varies depending on the level.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Provide at least 50 items if donating for VIP bags
  • Provide at least 17 items if donating for Best Artist, Master Maker, Outstanding Business Supporter and Handmade Community Superstar
 

Timeline

For maximum exposure, please apply for sponsorship early. That said, we do our best to promote our sponsors throughout the entire awards show process.

Nominations Open: October 21, 2014
Nominations Close: January 6, 2015
Finalists and Achievement Honorees Announced: February 16, 2015
Awards Show: March 7, 2015 (to be held in Downtown Los Angeles)

Please note: All dates are subject to change.

The Maker Movement Needs You

While we are group of talented and creative professionals, we can't go about changing how business is done without you! Because people pay and apply to become members of the Academy of Handmade, they are serious about their business and are very loyal to our community that supports them. They are overjoyed when businesses want to partner with their community!  And we offer very affordable ways to sponsor that is personable and customizable.

Please consider how your business can best support our community of professional, talented makers!