What is RAW?

RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.

Our mission is to provide independent artists of all creative genres, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW educates emerging artists through seminars, workshops and insight to further the knowledge of their industry.

RAW connects them with one another so that they might grow together, while providing them with opportunities to give back to their own local youth communities through the arts.

We encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation.
We do this through two main avenues:

RAW hand-picks and spotlights local artistic talent in film, fashion, music, visual art, hair & makeup artistry, and performance art. With artists from all genres in each showcase, RAW events come together to form an amazing circus of creativity.

What can you expect when attending RAW Showcase? We screen an independent film (usually a short, webisode or music video), a fashion show from an up-and-coming local designer, a musical performance, an art gallery featuring several independent visual artists, and performance art (comedy/dance/fire dancers, you name it…). You’ll get a little taste of everything. Combine all this creativity with drinks, fun, and good company! To partake in the experience, RSVP ($10/ticket) in the “SHOWCASES” section of our web site!


www.RAWartists.org is designed to showcase our RAW artists online. RAW hosts a plethora of online profiles- exclusive to our hand-picked RAW artists. RAWartists.org is open to the public to view, however, the site profiles and perks are reserved for only selected RAW artists. RAW artists can connect with other RAW artists, sell their work, post videos, music and promote upcoming projects, upcoming events and track their success.

The RAW season runs from February to October every year, hosting a multi-faceted arts event every month, in six different cities across Southern California. RAW currently hosts monthly showcases in; Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach, San Diego & San Francisco. In February 2011, we will be going RAWcross America and will launch 17 additional city showcases, making RAW available to artistic communities in 22 cities total nationwide.

RAW takes applications year round. We encourage and welcome any creative expression to apply as we hope to be a platform for the countless artists living and working in communities around us. If you would like to be considered for RAW, please submit your work by emailing: lauren@rawartists.org.


RAW’s Annual Awards Show: At the end of season RAW invites the community to vote for their top five favorite artists of the year in film, fashion, music, art, photography, performing art, accessories, hair and makeup. RAW takes that popular vote to a panel of industry professionals in each field, who then decides on a winner. The winners are announced at our annual RAWards Show in Hollywood in December. The winners receive big career boosting prizes like distribution, store placement, studio time, gallery placement and consultations with industry executives and professionals. RAW gives cash grants and trophies for each winner and $1,000 grant to the RAW:natural born Artist of the Year! It’s truly an awesome event with performances and highlights from the RAW season.


RAW gathers industry professionals, resources and press to help further each artists career and exposure. RAW coordinates tutorials, seminars and workshops that artists can take part in. These resources are designed to help educate them on the business side of the arts.


RAW encourages their artists to get involved with community issues and help inspire creativity. RAW connects artists with local youth programs. Once a quarter, selected RAW artists visit the Boys and Girls Club in their local area and teach creative workshops to the kids (singing, dancing, painting, photography, etc…)


Serving as a link between the arts community, industry professionals, press and like organizations, RAW aspires to—with the help of many of its supporters—connect and unify creative individuals … all the while, promoting public and social good. One of the many ways?

All of our events are planned, promoted and produced eco-friendly.

1. The RAW production team conference calls during the production of an event, leaving the least amount of carbon footprint.

2. RAW purchases Carbon Offsets annually (www.CarbonFund.org) to cancel any carbon pollution from guests attending our events (don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!)

3. RAW never prints a flyer. All of our promotion is executed through online promotions, text messaging, and email.

4. When RAW does have to print, we print on recycled paper only.

5. When RAW needs to convey information at an event we use projection, rather than a printed program.

6. RAWartists.org hosts the website, email server, and data files on 100% Solar Powered Energy provided by http://www.solar2web.com

Still not “green” enough for you?

A percentage of our profits go to www.GreenWaveEnt.org where RAW helps fund eco-curriculum in schools and builds sustainable housing and villages worldwide.


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