We Won! BBB Spark Award

05/15/19 by BBB Central Ohio

Here at Acceptd we have always been dedicated to our culture, character and building community. This year we are honored to have been recognized by the Better Business Bureau for these characteristics in receiving a 2019 Spark Award! This award truly cements the values that are at the core of what we do and who we are.

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Is your social media strategy more Trump or Clinton?

11/01/16 by

The social media approach of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump couldn’t be more different, but marketers stand to learn something from each, from how to use social as a PR tool to harnessing data-driven marketing.

Don Hunter, president and founder, Acceptd, included third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein in his analysis of how Acceptd’s audience of young artists of all stripes viewed the race. He stated that Stein and Clinton traded the top spot in its internal poll.


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Jill Stein Tops Presidential Poll of Young Artists


For Immediate Release

Hillary Clinton claims second place and decisive win between main party candidates.

Columbus, OH October 24, 2016 — Acceptd, the World’s Largest Artists Network, today announced the results of its online presidential poll. Green Party Candidate Jill Stein came away with 40% of the vote, outdistancing second place Hillary Clinton by 6 percentage points.

“We are honored to have the support of so many artists, and look forward to creating a society where everyone has the support they need to share their artistic vision with the world,” Jill Stein told Acceptd.

“We strive to be of the voice of young artists and to help educate our 200,000 plus members on the issues that impact them,” said Derek Brown, CEO of Acceptd.

Brown explained that Acceptd created a quiz asking a cross section of artists for stances on arts-related topics like censorship and public funding of art. Each quiz question offered four viewpoints, each of which aligned with a publicly stated view of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson or Jill Stein. Nearly 600 artists from around the United States participated in the quiz.

“While Jill Stein is trailing in national polls, it’s clear that her stance on funding art, limiting censorship and making higher education free all resonate with our audience of young artists,” Don Hunter, President of Acceptd added.

Hunter said that between the main party candidates Clinton beat Trump by 10 percentage points. “Clinton has historically been a supporter of the National Endowment of the Arts while Trump has called for NEA to stop funding controversial art.”

Brown continued, “Gary Johnson, while doing well with millennials nationwide performed poorly in our poll, capturing only two votes. Johnson has advocated for ending all public funding of art.”

An overview of the candidates statements can be found at Who said it? Presidential Test Answer Key.

The study was sponsored by The Academy of Art University and PRISMA  in collaboration with Artzray an e-zine for young artists, pros and mentors who want to explore educational, professional and creative opportunities.


Bill Balderaz
Media Relations

Acceptd to Conduct the Nation’s Largest Survey of Artists’ View on Presidential Candidates.


Acceptd, the World’s Largest Artists network with nearly 200,000 members, has launched a nationwide survey of artists to help match their political ideology to a presidential candidate.

The survey is available here: https://getacceptd.com/presidential-test/ .

Acceptd Co-Founder and President, Don Hunter, said, “Our mission is to serve artists: dancers, actors, musicians, vocalists, cinematographers and visual artists. We recognize that public policy can have a great impact on the role of art in our society. We wanted to help give artist a voice on the issues most important to them during this turbulent election.”

The survey launches today and will be open until Oct. 10th.  The survey uses a short series of questions and publicly stated opinions by each of the four candidates to help artists align their views with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jill Stein or Gary Johnson.

Artists are then prompted to vote for a candidate through the survey.   After the results are analyzed, the results will be shared with the candidates, the parties, Acceptd members and the media.

“The voices of young artists will be heard by the presidential candidates and hopefully the issues that are important to them will be brought to the forefront of public debate,” Hunter said.

Acceptd is a Columbus based platform connecting artists with thousands of colleges, festivals, scholarships, and professional opportunities.  Acceptd is used by some of the most prestigious universities across the nation including NYU and Juilliard.

Acceptd using $945K state loan to expand fine arts audition platform

09/24/14 by Carrie Ghose

As it heads toward profitability this year, Acceptd Inc. is using a $945,000 state loan to add both in-person coaching and automated data analytics to its digital platform for applying and submitting video auditions to performing arts programs.

New recruiting, marketing and search features will help more performers and programs market themselves and find the right match, co-founder and President Don Hunter said.

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Acceptd eases process of applying to performing arts schools

01/28/14 by Debbie Briner

As parents of budding actors, musicians and artists know, it may cost thousands of dollars for audition tapes, transportation and lodging when pursuing admission to a top program for the performing or visual arts.

Acceptd, the digital application tool created by Derek Brown and Don Hunter,  provides students a platform to upload their work—a dance audition, a monologue reading or portfolio materials.


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Acceptd & Tanglewood Music Center Partner for Digital Application Process

Acceptd of Dublin, OH and Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) of Boston, MA announce a strategic partnership that will provide applicants to Tanglewood Music Center’s Fellowship program with a powerful, easy-to-use, digital application tool.

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