APPLY TO JOIN THE BLACK ARTISTS + DESIGNERS GUILD

For Professional and Student Memberships, we are currently accepting applications in the following areas of concentration: Fine Art, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Ceramics, Architecture, and Textiles. (Please note we are not accepting applications in Fashion or Graphic Design.) Other individuals looking to support Black Artists and Designers are invited to join as a Friend of BADG or Corporate + Brand Partner.

Professional Member Benefits

  • Inclusion in and access to a global network of Black Artists + Designers

  • Online public profile of your work in the BAD Guild Directory

  • Promotion of your work in BAD Guild newsletters and social media to raise legacy, brand, or maker awareness and reach a curated audience of design specialists, buyers, and influencers

  • Invitations to industry events (Additional fees may apply. Not included in Digital Membership.)

  • Discounted member rates for selected fee-based industry events (Not included in Digital Membership.)

  • Press opportunities (Not included in Digital Membership.)

  • Opportunities for design collaborations

Professional Memberships

Open to creative entrepreneurs who are self-employed professionals and self-identified Black Artists or Designers of the African diaspora. We are currently accepting applications in the following areas of concentration: fine art, interior design, furniture design, ceramics, architecture, and textiles. (Please note we are not accepting applications in fashion or graphic design.) To apply, you must have a professional website, a public social media page, professional photographs of your work, and profile picture.

Digital Professional Membership: $300/year
The Digital Membership is a great option if you are not based in NYC, but would like receive the online benefits that BADG offers, including a listing in the Directory and promotion of your work via newsletters and social media channels. This membership is appropriate for Mid-Career and up. Please note this membership level does not provide access/invitations to BAD Guild offline events; it is a purely digital membership.

BADass Professional Membership: $150/year
Members at the BADass Professional level:

  • Have 5+ years of experience as an owner of a creative art /design business    

  • Are looking for high-level business development support and professional opportunities

  • Have  been published

  • Are able to mentor younger designers

Early Professional Membership: $100/year
The Early Professional option is the right choice if you are just starting out in the design business (1-5 years), and are looking for exposure, advice, collaboration and connection with like-minded entrepreneurs.


Student Membership

Open to students who are self-identified Black Artists or Designers of the African diaspora. We are currently accepting applications from students in the following areas of concentration: fine art, interior design, furniture design, ceramics, architecture, and textiles. (Please note we are not accepting applications for students in fashion or graphic design.) To apply, you must have a public social media page and a portfolio of 5-10 images of your work.

  • Student of BADG: $75/year
    Benefits include opportunities to network with professionals, access to BADG newsletter, admin, listing currently enrolled in a design or art program, internships opportunities may be available.


Friends & Partners

  • Friend of BADG: $200/year
    This membership level is open to anyone wanting to help make possible ongoing activities of BADG and strengthen our members' collective voice. Your contribution will help fund programming and experiences for our talented community of artists and designers. Includes a BADG t-shirt and bag.

  • Corporate + Brand Partner
    Design-related companies and brands are invited to support the BAD Guild as a Corporate and Brand Partner. Your partnership demonstrates your commitment to promoting the work of Black Artists and Designers and helping to provide a global platform for their creative work. To start the conversation about Corporate + Brand partnerships and gifting, please complete the inquiry form below.