Media Releases 101

Promoting your practice is an integral part of an artist’s career. Media releases are an ideal way to find new audiences and get attention.

How to write a media release:

  • Label as Media Release with a clear date (For Immediate Release) or embargoed date. Include the words Media Release in your email subject line.
  • Have a strong, catchy headline – making your media release stand out amongst all the others. Decide how you want to pitch your exhibition/news/event and work that into the headline.
  • Your introduction paragraph (can be in bold) should be strong, concise and contain all the key pieces of information.
  • Include a quote or quotes from the artist(s), gallery director or relevant participant that contains newsworthy information/insight.
  • Your most important information should be in the lead two paragraphs. Keep all sentences and paragraphs short.
  • Use a simple font; don’t be fancy here. Keep the message simple.
  • Try to contain the entire media release to one page, go to a second page if absolutely necessary – but no more than two pages.
  • Include one or two strong, good quality images to create further interest. Make sure you include image credits.
  • At the end of the release supply contact details where media can obtain further information. Include the name, position title, contact phone number and email address.

Where to send the media release:
Finding the right audience is crucial to getting attention. It is important to understand who the audience for your media release is. Who is the best media outlet to promote your story so it is noticed by the audience you’re targeting? Are you approaching traditional media like newspaper, magazines and radio or perhaps new media like bloggers and other online influencers is a more cost-effective way to increase awareness.

A group of people stand in a gallery space, applauding and listening to a speaker

Dan Withey’s Collection Project artist talk, Art Gallery Of South Australia. Photograph Grant Hancock.

A woman stands in front of a sign that reads 'Arts Shanghai 2014: International New Glass Exhibition'
Art Shanghai. Photograph David Campbell.

Is your audience local, national or international? If you contact local media, rework your message so it is more relevant to the local audiences.
Find out who usually receives media releases in an organisation. It might be the chief of staff in a newspaper or the producer of a radio show or television program.

For example, here is a Guildhouse media release, announcing the launch of artist Zoe Kirkwood’s  body of work, made for The Collections Project, at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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