MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS:

Illustrators Partnership of America
Illustrators Partnership of America


   Association of Medical Illustrators
Association of Medical Illustrators


 American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI)
American Society of Architectural Illustrators


 National Cartoonists Society
National Cartoonists Society


  Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators


  San Francisco Society of Illustrators
San Francisco Society of Illustrators


  Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators
Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators


  American Society of Aviation Artists
American Society of Aviation Artists


Society of Illustrators San Diego
Society of Illustrators of San Diego


  Society of Illustrators Los Angeles
Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles


  Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia
Illustrators Club of Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia


  Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists


The American Society of Illustrators Partnership is urging all published illustrators to join the Artists Rights Society (ARS) as an illustrator Member. There is no fee for this, and as an ARS member illustrator, you can then be assimilated into a global system that will allow you to receive licensing fees for otherwise unidentified uses of your work.

This global system (called IPI for Interested Party Information) assigns artists, musicians and other authors a unique legal identity tag called an IPI Number. If you are an illustrator, this will allow you to make claims for licensing fees for the use of your work currently being collected under international blanket licenses.

A blanket license is a license that gives a user the right to use any work from a body of collective works where generic royalties (similar to jukebox money) can be collected and distributed to rightsholders only through internationally established collecting societies.

In the US, IPI numbers can only be obtained for you by the Artists Rights Society. ARS is the fine art collecting society that represents over 40,000 fine artists, including the estates of Picasso, Matisse, Saul Steinberg and others.

Through the efforts of the American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP), ARS has now agreed to represent illustrators. You must be a published artist, with at least one published piece to your credit, to enter into this agreement.

There is no fee for membership and you need only supply ARS with your name and birth date (and death date in the case of estates) and your contact information. These dates are necessary to distinguish between two artists with the same name.

The IPI number is a system that uniquely identifies each illustrator according to their name, birth date, death date if applicable, country, and authorized collecting society.

Musicians, fine artists and writers have been in the IPI system for years. Collecting societies require these identity numbers in order to pay royalties to the proper rightsholders and to avoid fraudulent claims.

The IPI system and database are administered by the Swiss copyright society SUISA (the Swiss Cooperative Society for Authors and Publishers) in accordance with guidelines and standards established by CISAC (The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers).

To join ARS as an Illustrator Member, please download the simple pdf Member Agreement from the dedicated ARS website. Then fill out the form, listing all names, pseudonyms, and other variations under which your work is credited and sign it. You may sign the agreement with a digital signature or a traditional signature.

You may return one copy to ARS via email: members@arsny.com or via postal mail: Artists Rights Society, 65 Bleecker St, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10012. ARS will return a counter-signed agreement to you and will then send you a W-9 form to fill out for any payments due you.

This Agreement is for blanket licensing fees only, and will not in any way preclude or limit you from exclusive licensing of your works by any other means.

For more information please see these Frequently Asked Questions.

JOIN ARS TODAY!



As copyright holders of published illustrations we unite to protect our copyrights, establish transparent accountability of the reprographic royalty streams earned by American illustrators, and promote the proper licensing of our works.

A collective rights administration for published American illustrators is long overdue. Significant sums of reprographic royalties due artists are being lost or dissipated without accountability while reprographic usage is escalating. Reprographic royalties are paid when published work is photocopied by libraries, institutions, corporations and other users. This income is earned when copyright collecting societies license secondary rights users to photocopy or digitally republish printed material anywhere in the world. Reprographic royalties may derive from published articles, cartoons, illustrations, photographs, maps, charts, etc.

Reprographic rights are held individually by each artist but are licensed collectively by a copyright collecting society that artists have mandated to administer these rights. Regrettably, there has not been a U.S. copyright collecting society to represent American illustrators, and illustrators do not currently receive any compensation for the exploitation of their reprographic rights.

In 2001, the Illustrators’ Partnership of America founded the IPA Reprographics Coalition to establish transparent accountability, protect these copyrights, and create a system to assure that artists are properly represented in this emerging source of secondary rights income. The Coalition grew to 12 professional illustration societies representing over 4,500 of the most prolific and widely published illustrators in the world. In October 2007 the Coalition united as a non-profit named the American Society of Illustrators Partnership.