The problem

In 2018, there were 8.7 million people in cultural employment across the EU-28 (3.8 % of all employment). The coronavirus pandemic has shut down stadium tours, concerts, festivals, and many other public events. At this moment, artists, actors, musicians, comedians, or any other personalities whose activities are addressed live to an audience are unable to perform outside the home. Some of them do live-stream shows for which they do not receive money. How they could perform and be financially remunerated during the lockdown?

A solution would be online meetings. Due to the increasing frequency of online meetings and the lack of interaction, employees/participants lose their motivation, and therefore their engagement decreases. Artists/special guests would fit perfectly for this by offering entertainment for 10-15 minutes at the beginning of the meeting. And here we have two problems solved by a single solution.

Our solution is a marketplace that is trying to solve two major problems. On the one hand, it is trying to give artists the opportunity to perform and be financially remunerated even from home and on the other hand inspire and increase people's engagement across online meetings.

How works?

The host/participant of an online meeting (that will take place in N days) can book a special guest (e.g. actor, musician, comedian) directly from our platform. The guest calendar is synchronized with the platform and so the user can see the availability in real-time. Availability check, payment, and reservation take place on the same page, the user does not have to access other platforms.

Business model

The platform will charge a commission from each transaction. When a customer pays for the guest, the platform facilitates the payment and charges a percentage. ​

User journey

  1. Go to the guests` page.
  2. Choose the desired guest from the existing categories.
  3. Check the availability and the fee.
  4. Enter the required information and the online meeting link (e.g. Zoom, Skype).
  5. Make the payment. Receive confirmation email.
  6. Enjoy the experience offered by the guest together with your colleagues!

The solution’s impact to the crisis could enhance lockdown effects by helping artists, promoting art and entertainment across companies, and at the same time connects and increases the participants' engagement in online meetings.

The necessities in order to continue the project

  1. Bring more artists/guests on the platform.
  2. Collaborations with various media entities to gain visibility.

The value of or solution after the crisis

Even if their frequency will decrease after the crisis, online meetings will continue to take place. In the next stages, we also want to offer the possibility of live workshops with experts from different fields.

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