Arcual x DACS: Artists at the center of the art ecosystem

June 4, 2024

Arcual, the premier blockchain platform designed for the art community, and DACS, the Design and Artists Copyright Society, have joined forces with a shared ambition to ensure that artists are at the center of the art ecosystem.

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society). This collaboration aims to enhance transparency, authenticity, and fair compensation for artists through innovative digital solutions.

DACS is the leading collective management organization with a global membership of over 180,000. DACS is dedicated to securing resale royalties, distributing royalties from various media uses, licensing artworks, and sharing copyright information. Since its founding in 1999, DACS has paid over £120 million in Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) royalties and over £70 million in collective licensing royalties to artists and their estates.

A Shared Vision for a Fair and Equitable Art Ecosystem

Our mission at Arcual has always been to empower artists by providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed in today's digital world. Partnering with DACS aligns perfectly with our vision of creating a more transparent and equitable art ecosystem. By combining our technology with DACS's extensive expertise in artists' rights and royalties, we are taking significant steps towards ensuring artists are recognized and fairly compensated for their work.

Looking Ahead

This collaboration marks a significant step forward in our journey to create tools that enable a transparent, equitable, and efficient art ecosystem that places artists at its core. With Arcual’s cutting-edge technology and DACS's expertise in artist rights and royalties, we are poised to create a future where artists are fairly compensated and their works are securely authenticated and protected.

Christian Zimmermann, CEO, DACS said: “We are very excited by this collaboration between DACS and Arcual, an innovative and insightful partner who harnesses technological advances for the benefit of the entire art ecosystem. We very much look forward to working together to push forward our joint ambition to put the artist at the center of this ecosystem, improving transparency and the protection of their rights.”

About DACS

Founded in 1984, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ and creators’ rights management organization dedicated to championing, protecting, and managing artists' rights to maximize their royalties. Each year, thousands of creators rely on DACS to safeguard their rights and generate income from their work. In 2022, DACS paid £16.4 million in royalties to over 82,000 artists and estates, and facilitated 1,800 licenses, working with over 700 customers. With a global membership of over 180,000, DACS connects artists and beneficiaries with those who wish to use their work. As a collective management organization, DACS secures resale royalties, distributes royalties from various media uses, licenses artworks, and shares copyright information. Additionally, DACS actively advocates for artists' rights and fair pay, addressing issues such as Artificial Intelligence on behalf of its members and the broader artistic community.