May 2018 Partner Update

Published May 4th, 2018

Dear Partners,

A long time ago, in a office far, far away....

Acceptd started planning for 2018-19 application cycles. Okay, okay. By a long time ago, we mean last month. And if your April was anything like ours, you also spent a considerable amount of time celebrating the arrival of warm weather and quoting Justin Timberlake. We're busting out the sunscreen, boxing up itchy sweaters, and getting down to business as we prep for our busiest planning season of the year. Our marketing team made a splash last month with the announcement of our 2018-19 Artists Guides. We've been in council with the data expert equivalent to a Jedi master in response to new global data regulations. Our team also had an opportunity to meet with a local animal lover and legend, Jack Hanna.

Finally, because it is Star Wars Day (couldn't you tell?), we're paying tribute to a well-loved musical genius, conductor, composer, and partner alum, John Williams. Click here to see a performance so good that Vader himself showed up.

As you wrap up the year and wave goodbye to the 2018 graduating class of musicians, actors, artists, filmmakers, designers, and architects...May the fourth be with you.

The Acceptd Team

Upcoming Orientations

May Training: 
Acceptd is dedicated to releasing cool new features and tech on a regular basis, which can make the platform waters challenging to swim for some folks. Join us on Wednesday, May 9th at 1pm Eastern for a pre-summer crash course on the basics of the Acceptd platform. Don't get caught without your floaties! Click here to sign up for the training.

Important Update: What's up with GDPR...

It definitely doesn't stand for Great Dane Puppy Rescuers. In April of 2016, the EU adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all citizens within the European Union. 

What does GDPR mean for Acceptd and Acceptd partners?

Acceptd is proud to be an industry leader dedicated to increasing transparency of how we collect and utilize user data and we're implementing enhanced measures for data control and privacy. Our team takes the privacy and rights of our users very seriously, which is why we are on the forefront of this global initiative to strengthen data protection, privacy and security.

April showers bring May flowers and May flowers bring...

Artist Guide Sponsorships. This week the esteemed Acceptd Marketing Team announced that sponsorship spots are now available for our Fall Guide: Acceptd's Guide to Choosing an Arts School. The guide is published annually in August and downloaded by thousands of young artists seeking the perfect performing and visual arts program (A.K.A, you!). The digital guide is promoted on social media, in digital ads, and in a Spotlight Email. 

Don't wait! These sponsorships fly off the shelf, so email Account Relations to let us know that you want one while they're hot, hot, hot.

I'm ready for my close up, Mr. Hanna

It's no secret that Acceptd loves the Arts. Did you know we're also mega advocates for furry (and scaly) friends? As fate would have it, our team was invited to meet and take a photo with the famous Jungle Jack Hanna in our studio last month. Inspired by Mr. Hanna and his lifelong dedication to wildlife and in the spirit of National Animal Advocacy Day, the Acceptd team shared their alter-animal-egos:

If you could be ANY animal, what animal would you be and why?

Heather Boyer (Finance Team): Having to pick one animal is causing me an unreasonable amount of stress. I'm gonna go with the rainbow lorikeet - not only can they fly and are gorgeously colored, at their habitat in the Columbus Zoo, strangers come in and feed them snacks all day long. #goals

Bryn Sowash (Account Relations Team): I would be a river otter because the otter plays just to have fun and I LOVE playing in the great outdoors for fun!

Logan Wacker (Outreach Team): A polar bear because polar bears are raw (raw: adjective / rô / definition, really super awesome).

Derek Brown (Leadership Team): A monkey so I could swing from the trees!

Judah Steelesmith (Development Team): I would definitely be a spinosaurus. I have always loved dinosaurs, and ya gotta love an apex predator that is a terror on land and sea. (I mean, who doesn't?)

Bill Balderaz (Marketing Team): I would say a wolf, because I'm a loyal, social animal who loves meat!

Hannah Lawrence (Account Relations Team): I would be an elephant. Elephant herds are typically run by a matriarch. I come from a family of strong women, so I'd fit in perfectly!

Jerry Tsai (Leadership Team): Penguin, because they always look like they are having fun!

Josh Rosentreter (Outreach Team): I would also say a monkey for two reasons: 1) They are always having the most fun at the zoo, and 2) I don't want to give up my thumbs.

Lori Denning (Support Team): Fluffy Lion. Spirit Animal, energetic, leader, and loyal. Strong and respects the strength of others - and cute :)

Don Hunter (Leadership Team): I think I'd be a big Brown Bear. I tower over everyone else. I look (and can be) intimidating. But I'm really just a big ol', playful Baloo at heart.

Larissa Bateman (Marketing Team): A wookie...duh.

...And on that note, all we have to say is WAGRRRRWWGAHHHHWWWRRGGAWWWWWWRR.

Do you like what you see?

There's more where that came from. As we continue to grow in readership, we'd like to hear more about what interests you to help us deliver content that matters. Want more tutorials? How about a panel discussion on live audition best practices? Or Perhaps you just want more pictures of dogs (this can be arranged). Send a message to and share your ideas!

Our Account Relations team is here to help if you have questions or comments. Contact us at or 614.610.9991.

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