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NEWS RELEASE

LONG BEACH, CA, February 1, 2012 – Today, Negotiation Fox and GYST-Ink announced formation of a strategic partnership designed to help artists get the business skills and tools they need to succeed.  By combining their resources, the companies intend to make a broader spectrum of information and services available through their websites.  As an initial step toward this goal, Nancy Fox – a/k/a Negotiation Fox, will become a guest blogger for GYST’s Linked In group, contributing monthly tips and information on handling the business side of being an artist.

Commenting on the benefits of the new relationship, GYST’s founder, Karen Atkinson, explained, “Partnerships are an important part of gathering together a group of voices which can help us expand our support of artists, and we are thrilled to bring on a new GYST Team member, Nancy Fox. Negotiating is such a large part of our lives as artists, and Negotiation Fox will bring some important information to our resources for artists.”

Negotiation Fox referred to the partnership as “an opportunity to collaborate with one of the best resources in the field.  GYST’s work in this area has been truly groundbreaking, and I am excited to join forces with them to take business training for artists to the next level.”

Founded in 2000 by Karen Atkinson, an accomplished artist, curator and professor at California Institute of the Arts, GYST (Getting Your Sh*t Together) provides comprehensive information, resources and products for artists of all kinds in order to level the playing field and keep artists working.  GYST-Ink conducts workshops worldwide, has published a Professional Practices Manual for Artists and has developed computer software programs for artists to manage all aspects of their career and business.

Nancy James Fox learned the value of negotiation in a thirty-year career that included top management positions in the luxury goods industry and in the non-profit arts sector.  Ms. Fox founded Negotiation Fox in 2010 to bring negotiation skills training, most commonly the purview of big corporations, to mainstream businesses and the arts.

For more information about Negotiation Fox or GYS*T, please visit their respective web sites:  www.negotiationfox.com or gyst-ink.com.  Negotiation Fox also publishes a blog at www.negotiation-4-the-arts.com.

 About Negotiation Fox

Negotiation Fox provides the highest quality negotiation training and consulting services based on 30 years experience in both the business and not-for-profit sectors.  We present the most current perspectives on negotiation strategies, gleaned from the foremost authorities in the field.  We specialize in training for small business, not-for-profit organizations, artists and arts organizations.  Our full and half-day workshops include lively exercises and role plays to reinforce the learning.  Negotiation Fox also offers online courses and is available for speaking engagements.   The company’s objective is to help organizations and individuals get what they want by acquiring the confidence and skills to negotiate well in any situation.

About GYST-Ink:
GYST-Ink, an artist-run business that supports artists, has been the leading resource for professional practice, art advice and art business services in Southern California since 2000. Founded by artist Karen Atkinson, GYST-Ink is an artist-run company providing information, technology and solutions created by artists for artists. Our mission is to support artists and arts organizations with an integrated mix of software, services and information in order to keep artists working. GYST–Ink is dedicated to empowering and educating artists so that they can develop sustainable and successful careers on their own terms. GYST’s products and services include professional practices software, a blog, a newsletter, career development workshops, artist resume and statement reviewing, document and artwork documentation and archiving, a skills bank, web development and consulting services.

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