For an arts organization, Meetup is an online social networking platform used to promote and facilitate group meetings in over 180 different countries throughout the world. The the website currently has over 272,000 Meetup groups including more than 30 million members worldwide including individuals as well as organizations. This tool requires an account but is free to the public. In order to create a meetup event, a small monthly fee of $8 is required and allows for an unlimited amount of members and organizers. The platform is easily accessible and available both online and through Android and Apple devices. This technological tool is particularly useful for spreading information online about specific events or a specific interest oriented meeting.
For an arts organization group, Meetup allows for the spread of information about events happening within their organization. It also allows communication between an arts organization and individuals or groups interested in participating in events. Meetup can be used to post descriptions, photos, and contact information for each individual group or specific event related to the organization. By creating a profile, arts organizations are also able to connect with other organizations by becoming members of specific groups. Meetup can create a dialogue between organizations and the individual attending or interested in events or workshops associated with a specific arts organization. The platform allows organizations the ability to accept RSVPs for an event, accept and track membership and/or meeting payments through WePay, post photos related to event or organization, and finally create discussions and polls between group members. There is a great emphasis on connecting people with the local community. While individuals can use this tool to connect with others with similar interests, arts organizations can use it to easily organize the many facets that come with specific arts events, within an organization. Organizational groups like the “NexGenFriend”, a group of volunteers associated with the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, are using Meetup to spread information about events with the Kennedy Center and volunteer opportunities and promote within the local community. “The Arlington Players – Community Theatre,” a non-profit, volunteer group uses the discussion elements of the tool Meetup to create a platform for information on upcoming events and projects.