Decentralized Arts Season 7 Funding Proposal

Authors: Grendel#3875, nonsensetwice#3475

Date: January 19, 2022


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Decentralized Arts was born to give greater depth to the artists featured in the weekly NFT drops in BanklessDAO, and to present the main authors and projects. It has since evolved to report on important events regarding the growth of NFTs and the metaverse, and educate readers on how this technology is being utilized.

Since its debut, it has grown from a loosely organized newsletter with contributions from various members of the Writers Guild and Newsletter Team to a more tightly coordinated organization with a set of regular contributors. As such, Decentralized Arts has decided to take on the responsibility of the team’s funding, as a separate project vis a vis Decentralized Law. Decentralized Arts will work over the next few seasons to become self-sufficient.


Decentralized Arts aligns with the BanklessDAO mission, which is:

“going Bankless means adopting decentralized, permissionless, and censorship-resistant technology. Through these means, we will achieve financial self-sovereignty, security, and prosperity.”

Decentralized Arts acts as a weekly meeting point for all fans of non-fungible tokens (NFT) the world over. Because NFTs represent a large part of this technology, and their adoption by institutions both large and small are becoming a vital entry point for many into the world of web3, the distribution of news in this sector is vital for newcomers to make the best decisions for themselves as they explore the potential of this technology.

Furthermore, the NFT art world is exploding with new and growing digital artists, collectors, collectives, and communities.

As such, Decentralized Arts seeks to become the premier newsletter for disseminating this information and spreading the Bankless message with regard to NFT adoption and utility, as well as providing a source for NFT newcomers and veterans alike to explore the best of emergent artists and art communities.


During Season 7, Decentralized Arts will inform and educate readers about NFT adoption and utility; report on the expansion of and creation of new metaverses; collaborate with new authors, artists, collectors, collectives, and communities; and promote the values underlying BanklessDAO.

In addition to the above stated purpose, Decentralized Arts will work closely with the Writers Guild Staff Editors team to develop future Staff Editors via an in-house mentorship program. The updated and expanded Editor-in-Chief position will be held by a Staff Editor and oversee edits to the publication made by editors who have not passed the editing test, yet hold promise as potentially strong editors. This will be a pilot program that, if successful, can be replicated across other publications with Staff Editors who are ready to take on this kind of oversight and involvement.

The following funded roles will facilitate production:

Publication Coordinator and Content Manager

  • Maintain a weekly agenda and content calendar.
  • Ensure consistent delivery and distribution of content.
  • Represent the newsletter.
  • Manage team dynamics.
  • Coordinate interview and draft questions.
  • Help authors choose articles and news summaries for the given issue.
  • Partnerships and Sponsors
  • 8000 BANK / week

Treasurer and Deputy Content Manager:

  • Co-Represent the newsletter
  • Ensure consistent delivery and distribution of content.
  • Tracking and recording bounties.
  • Responsible for paying contributors.
  • Collection of contributor payment information.
  • Responsible for partner and sponsorship funds collection and management
  • 6000 BANK / week

Editor-in-Chief and Artist Management

  • Coordinate writers, editors, and designers.
  • Oversee the development of incoming editors.
  • Provide support rails for editor & author collaboration.
  • Review edits and provide feedback/training.
  • Final edits and tweaks of the publication for quality control and SEO.
  • Ensure production schedule for each issue.
  • d’Art Drops coordination
    • Artist outreach
    • Art drop scheduling
    • Collect and mint artwork
    • Manage d’Art Drops collection
  • 7000 BANK / week

Social Media Manager

  • Social channels management
  • 2000 BANK / week


  • Headline piece

    • 6000 BANK
  • Secondary pieces

    • 2500 BANK
  • Weekly news author

    • 2000 BANK
  • Weekly Design for headline piece

    • 5000 BANK
  • Weekly editing bounty

    • 2000 BANK
    • Provide developmental and content edits to all submitted articles and summaries.
    • Provide copy edits and submit to Editor-in-Chief for review prior to publication.
  • Weekly comic

    • Externally funded
  • The Rug collaborator stipend

    • 1500 BANK
Coordinator 8000/wk 13 weeks 104k BANK
Treasurer 6000/wk 13 weeks 78k BANK
Editor-in-Chief 7000/wk 13 weeks 91k BANK
Social Media Manager 2000/wk 13 weeks 26k BANK
Headline 6000/wk 13 weeks 78k BANK
Secondary 2500/wk 13 weeks 35.5k BANK
Content & Copy Editing 2000/wk 13 weeks 26k BANK
Design 5000/wk 13 weeks 65k BANK
News Research & Input 2000/wk 13 weeks 26k BANK
The Rug 1500/wk 13 weeks 19.5k BANK
549k BANK


Decentralized Arts leverages the BanklessDAO brand by shipping under its name and it uses the brand for marketing and promotional materials.


The growth goal for Season 6 was 20%. Subscriber count was 17,200 at the beginning of Season 6. As of the writing of this proposal, an additional 1300 subscribers were added, bringing the total to approximately 18,500 subscribers. This represents an increase of approximately 8%. Due to the nature of Substack, this count may have influenced and been influenced by other publications. As such, this 8% increase is a win for all BanklessDAO newsletters.


Subscriber Count:

  • Season 7 Goal: +20%
  • Sub count at the start of Season 7: 18,500
  • End of Season Goal: 22,200

As open rate didn’t really move, this is a metric that we will continue to track, but not rely on for growth. A higher subscriber count with a similar open rate means that more eyeballs are on the publication in general.


  • Grendel#3875
  • Kouros#2107
  • nonsensetwice#3475
  • Frank America#0610
Fund Decentralized Arts for Season 7?
  • Yes, absolutely
  • No, absolutely not

0 voters


Thank for the proposal @nonsensetwice

According to the results of this poll Discord i urge you to resubmit the request with the new proposal template

Enjoy the product you ship and nice to see that subscriber bump!

Does Decentralized Arts get a cut of NFTs sales for featured artists?

Hi @nonsensetwice! I am the projects Season 7 GC reviewer. Could you help me clarify a few things please?

  1. I don’t see any funds in/out of the multisig, why is that?
  2. I am also curious why this proposal isn’t open for votes.
  3. Basically the same question as links has above.
    Thanks so much.
  4. Could you link me to any of the collections or the NFT’s purchased? (I tried using last weeks link in the CC, but couldn’t find where to purchase one)
    Thanks so much

There is a poll but it displays as a pie chart instead of a bar graph when ‘show results’ is selected.

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Thank you @Trewkat I couldn’t imagine that unconscious bias mechanism being part of the poll.

@nonsensetwice I do believe you just answered all of my questions in the community call!! Thank you! Connection
75% to artists
15% to projects
10% to bDAO

@nonsensetwice under the Success metrics or KPIs of your original post you say “As such, this 8% increase is a win for all of BanklessDAO newsletters”.

The growth goal was 20%, how is a reference to “the nature of Substack” sufficient enough to state this is a win?

Perhaps @nonsensetwice is OOO. I will tag the other project team members @Kouros and @Grendel, as there are some outstanding questions from others. I also still have a few, as part of the GC review process.

  1. GC currently has the projects KPI as steps to self sovereignty. Is the a reason that you have not included this KPI in this proposal?