What’s New in ZAPP in 2016?

Author: ZAPP Team
Date: January 15, 2016

Happy New Year! We’re wishing you happiness, prosperity, and of course, a wildly successful 2016 season. Here’s what’s going on in ZAPPland…

Changes to the Jury Administration Page
We’ve updated the layout and made some changes to the Jury Administration page. Here are some of the new features you’ll notice:

  • A horizontal layout that makes better use of the page
  • The “jurors” section has been moved underneath Step 1.

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  • More clearly-defined report sections with instructional text

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  • A larger Scoring & Comments section to account for long comments.
  • A sleeker, easier way to add or hide administrator-only comments.

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Log in to your administrator account and click the Jury tab to see what other changes have been made!


Exempt Status Allows Booth Purchases
We released an enhancement in April of 2015, that allows artists in the Exempt from Jury status to purchase booths. Previously, you had to move them to the Invited status and change your jury dates. Now, all you have to do is place them in Exempt, and ensure that your products are active and have quantities.

Legal Agreement Cannot be Edited After Going Live
As a protection for artists, the legal agreement section of your application cannot be edited after you authorize ZAPP to push your event live. Please be sure to check your agreement thoroughly and make all necessary changes before we publish your event listing.

What information is relevant in the weekly Wednesday email?
Artists, we want your input! As more and more shows have joined ZAPP, the weekly e-blast we send with upcoming deadlines and new shows has gotten very large. We are considering a redesign and would appreciate your feedback in a quick, 1-minute survey. CLICK HERE and share your opinion.

Meet our Newest ZAPP Team Members!
At ZAPP®, we are committed to providing excellent customer service for administrators and artists alike. Below are the two newest technology associates at WESTAF who work on both ZAPP® and our sister site CaFE™.

20140118_234532 (1)De Andra Sharp has extensive customer service experience, previously holding high-volume support positions with Comcast Cable and Kaiser Permanente. She earned her bachelor’s degree in law and society from the Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Denver. Sharp is a Denver native who loves to travel, enjoys independent films, and is an avid concert attendee.

De Andra’s New Year’s resolutions are to… maintain a 4.0 GPA, maintain a healthy workout regimen year round, become a member of the Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Inc, and travel to Hawaii.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 10.15.27 AMJessica Gronich earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. She has spent the majority of her career working for nonprofit organizations in the areas of international relations, policy, and education. Outside of her work at WESTAF, she volunteers for Planned Parenthood and WorldDenver, spends time with her dog Roxie, and plays the guitar (badly).

Jessica’s New Year’s resolutions is to find peace in everything. 

You can also visit our About page to learn more about the rest of the team: Christina, Susan, Kate, Natalie, Kim and Nancy.

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For more information about how to purchase the mailing list or a single show announcement, visit the Reaching ZAPP Artists section in the administrative Help Center. Hurry, single show announcements are filling up very quickly for the spring season!

ZAPP Webinar Series: January 2016 Edition
The ZAPP Webinar Series for administrators taking place every third Thursday of the month will resume Jan. 21, 2016. This month’s topic is From a Juror’s Perspective… The webinar will feature an overview of the monitor and projected jury scorecard, tips for scoring most effectively, and changes administrators can make to customize their jury process.

Disabling Inactive Artist Profiles
Recently, ZAPP implemented a new scan for inactive profiles. Once per month, the system will identify any profiles that have not been logged into in 24 months. These profiles will be disabled and those artists will be removed from all mailing lists. If your profile has been disabled and you would like to re-activate, please email us at

Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines!
The early winter months are full of show deadlines! Don’t miss out! There are 93 deadlines alone in the month of January.

Here’s how you can find out more about what deadlines are happening this month:

1. Go to the Participating Events page on ZAPP
2. Within the search box, click the green “Advanced Search” link.
3. Using the Application Deadline Month drop-down, select January.
​4. Click Go.

If you need help applying to any shows, visit the How to Apply section for videos and other tutorials in the ZAPP Help Center.