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Friday, November 20, 2009

List of Over 50 U.S. Art Licensing Agencies

Just like there are many kinds of manufacturers, there are many kinds of art licensing agencies. Some only license art and some sell art as prints or on products besides license their artists work. Some agencies represent artists whose art fits only a niche market such as lodge, western, and country. Others specialize in representing artists whose art is suitable for home decor, or patterns for fabric, clothing, stationery, and scrapbooking. And of course there are some agencies that license all kinds of art for all kinds of products. Some agencies represent several artists and some represent several hundred artists. Some agencies will sign up artists that are new to licensing while other agencies will only accept artists that are already known and have achieved some measurable amount of licensing success. These agencies tend to represent artists that have a uniquely recognizable art style and are or can become a brand.

To learn more about art licensing agencies, read "The Truth About Art Licensing Agencies". Search the following list of art licensing agencies that are located in the U.S.  Note: There are no longer over 50 agencies listed because some that were originally listed in 2009 are no longer in existence or have been removed from the list due to complaints that their business practices are not in the best interest to the artists they represent. [List updated 5/23/17]

Note: I have not researched all the following agencies so I do NOT necessarily recommend any of them.  You need to do your own research and ask other artists for recommendations because not all agencies offer artist/agency agreements that is in the best interest of the artist. Thus, read the agreement VERY carefully OR better yet hire an attorney that specializes in art licensing to check-it-out before you sign it. The clauses in the agreement are not always clear and you may regret signing it. Hiring an attorney is worth the cost! 

For a list of non U.S. art licensing agencies read "List of Non U.S. Art Licensing Agencies."


  1. Thank you Joan! Wonderful, comprehensive list. It's much appreciated.

  2. Thank you so much for this Joan!
    Liza Lambertini

  3. I agree! Thanks a lot for this very thorough list.

  4. I have found Joan's blog to be extremely thorough, useful and full of tips to help one venture into the licensing game. Joan's knowledge has helped direct me to the right representation and understand the players in this most lucrative art venue. The information she has and shares is invaluable. I am most grateful. Many thanks, Joan. Sally Huss

  5. What a wonderful resource.This is exactly the kind of info I'm seeking as a novice in the art licensing arena.My deepest thanks,

  6. Really appreciate this list!

  7. Thanks so much Joan. This is such a strong varied list.

  8. JUST read about your list in ARTBUSINESSNEWS.COM, March/April 2012 Congratulations on the recognition and THANK YOU for your work!

  9. Hello Joan,

    What an interesting list that surely helps many people!. I´m 100% impressed.

    Thanks a lot

    Antonio Basso

    pd: I´m an artist from Barcelona (Spain) and have never found in Spain, a blog with the resources you provide.

  10. Joan,
    The information and resources within these pages are priceless. Thank you so much!

    Stay Blessed.

  11. Wow this website is great,
    thank you so much for the licensing information!


  12. Thanks! One my way :) I just heard back from my first submission!

  13. Excellent information, been looking for the right licensing agency, agent for digital creative services. Thank you! Karin Schultze, RF Design (A Commercial Art Studio, TraDigital);

  14. Thank you for the useful and relevant information in your blogs. I am new to the world of licensing so I am going to be going back through the archives to learn as much as I can. Do you have dealings with art licensing agents in Australia?

  15. I'm glad that my posts are useful Daniela. No, I do not have any contacts with agents outside of US. You may be able to find art licensing agencies in Australia by searching the Internet. Good luck!

  16. Hi

    thanks -really useful blog.


    David Knight

  17. thank you so much for taking your time to create this list.

  18. Thank you very much for sharing all this info to us. Much appreciated. Happy holidays Joan!

  19. I found your list of licensing agents thank you for the hard work. Marcia

  20. Hi Joan and Thank You...Please know I am one of the people who appreciates so very much your fantastic collection of licensing information. You are most generous and helpful. I come back here for different info. over and over. THANK YOU!!!!! If you don't get this, I'll message you on ALS, as we're both there... Keep up the awesome work... Jo :)

  21. This information was really helpful, thank you for sharing!

  22. Joan,

    This information is priceless. What a kind hearted, caring, confident individual you are. Many people fear sharing information. And then there are people like you who share it all. I love your spirit.

    To Your Success!


  23. Joan I want to submit my art to an agent is 300 resolution sufficient to submit my work. I am at a loss for how to change the resolution without damaging my artwork. Help.

    1. 300 dpi is considered high resolution (HiRes) and is needed to send to manufacturers when they license the art. Otherwise, when an artist submits art to agents for possible representation or manufacturers for licensing consideration they send a low resolution (LoRes) 72dpi as a jpeg file. If you are using Adobe Photoshop you would first change the file resolution from 300dpi to 72 dpi and then do a "save as”. In the window that pops up change the Photoshop Format to jpeg format. The file name is changed from artname.psd to artname.jpg. Thus, the file is a different name and does not damage your original art. Note: HiRes files are large and sending them over the internet can take a long time to upload and takes a lot of space on a server. When sending art via emails, always send jpeg files and only a few at a time. Most artists when requesting representation from an agent sends only 3 or 4 of their best art and then directs the agent to their website to see more. Good luck! Joan