Introducing Steamtown Live, a live streaming showcase of local businesses and artists.

 

The Marketplace at Steamtown has always sought an active roll in our community. If you are familiar with the Scranton Public Market (SPM) or our Shop Small Steamtown events, you understand our close ties with local makers and artists. We now feel the effects of the Covid-19 closures and cancellations keenly, and brace ourselves as it impacts those around us. Our physical venue may be gone for the moment, but like many, we turn to our online community.

A community of 30k and counting and the opportunity for a new kind of venue.   

Introducing Steamtown Live, a live streaming showcase of local businesses and artists on The Marketplace at Steamtown's Facebook page and SPM Instagram account. This opportunity is open to all local (NEPA) small businesses and artists who have been directly affected by the closure of our marketplace and/or cancellation of events in the area. 

Local makers will have an opportunity to sell their handicraft directly to you. Artists may perform live music, exbibit their work, or showcase any matter of performance art. There is no fee to participate and any resulting profits will be directly collected by the individual(s) ... we are simply providing the opportunity to connect with you, the good people of NEPA! 

If you do not wish to participate but would still like to help please consider a donation to the NEPA Emergency Artists Support Fund. This fund provides immediate financial support to those actively pursuing careers as artists / arts industry workers primarily based in Northeast Pennsylvania. It is not focused on people with full or part time non-arts based jobs that can file for unemployment or other monetary help, but rather those who might overwise receive no aid. Originally founded by members of the Scranton Fringe Festival and backed by many local names in the NEPA community, including ourselves. If any participants would like to donate a portion of potential proceeds to this cause it is greatly appreciated. 

 

 

THE LOWDOWN:

FULL DISCLOSURE FYI - Our FB page is the one with 30k reach, our SPM page has 5.8k FB/2.1k IG (we will cross post and utalize all accounts for proms) 

Our priority is to accommodate our existing relationships first, any further opportunities will be extended as they become available. 

The number of slots available will vary based on response and awarded according to seniority (relationship/order of submission). There is no fee for this service.

Any profits will be collected by the participant directly via an appropriate gateway, such as a website (w/ payment gateway), Paypal, Venmo, Patreon, etc. Please, no GoFundMe accounts or similar seeking personal donations, no cash/check exchanges, and no payment taken in person.

Steamtown Live is to be utilized for online sales and entertainment only, no solicitation or recruitment on any kind is allowed. Fundraising for local charitable organizations will be considered but must be approved ahead of time. We encourage participants to consider allocating a percentage of profits towards a charity, but this is not required.  

Sales will NOT be made in person. Payment is to be taken in an approved online method as stated above (we do not provide this service). Shipping or curbside pickup of goods is allowed. 

Performers may provide an approved gateway for accepting tips (see above statements). Please refrain from promoting any physical (non-virtual) events or performances.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Anyone in the NEPA arts/artisan small buiness community who's income has been effected by the Corvid-19 restrictions.

All applicants shoud have a working knowledge of Facebook and Instagram.

  • SALES
    • NO NATIONAL BRANDS, RESELLERS, DIRECT SALES, OR MLM PLEASE
    • Local vendors/artisans/makers selling goods produced primarily by themselves.
    • Food items are restricted to canned goods, dry goods, and shelf-stable items only. No prepared take-out or farm direct raw foods, please. 
      • the exception to prepared/raw foods would be the promotion of a take-out loctaion or food truck via an IG takeover (no sales)  
  • PERFORMANCE/EXHIBIT 
    • music acts
    • visual arts
    • perfomace art not incorporating nudity and/or violence 

HOW IT WORKS:

Participants will be given temporary limited access to our social media accounts.

  • Facebook, The Marketplace at Steamtown
    • participants will be assigned a timeslot to broadcast live (30min max for sales/60min max for art) 
    • during the live broadcast, participants agree to the following guidelines:
      • abide by all Covid-19 regulations enacted by the state of Pennsylvania and the CDC applying to businesses and performances/events
      • refrain from all inappropriate and/or offensive language, acts, or gestures
      • avoid any form of solicitation and/or recruitment 
      • refrain from sharing political and/or religious views
      • do not alter or add any posts without explicit consent to do so
  • Instagram, Scranton Public Market  
    • participants will be assigned a day (12hrs) for the "takeover"
    • initial post will state the "takeover" and either restate or hashtag #instagramtakeover in each post thereafter 
    • use the hashtags #shopsmallsteamtown and #NEPAarts in each post
    • do not post all at one time, use more than 3 videos, or more than 10 posts total 
      • spread the posts out 
      • keep the posts simple and informative (if selling instruct the viewer how to purchase)
      • utilize "stories" for additional content and tag your person IG to make sharing easy
    • during the "takeover", participants agree to the following guidelines:
      • abide by all Covid-19 regulations enacted by the state of Pennsylvania and the CDC applying to businesses and performances/events
      • refrain from all inappropriate and/or offensive language, acts, or gestures
      • avoid any form of solicitation and/or recruitment 
      • refrain from sharing political and/or religious views
      • do not alter or remove any previous posts 

APPLY HERE!