Friday, April 4, 2014

Paying Artists Instead of Chargng Them

The City of Berkeley, CA, gives a $150 honorarium to each artist selected for a group show as well as purchase prizes of up to $3,000. And it charges no entry fee. Why isn't your town, city or local arts organization doing the same or better?

Organizations in Australia and Canada also pay fees to artists under many circumstances. the Canadian organization CARFAC  (Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective) says, "Artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work."
Museums & Galleries of NSW  (New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia) points out that, "Artist loan fees are paid to practitioners for the loan of their work to a public gallery or a non-selling exhibition. These fees are paid in recognition of the potential loss of income to practitioners while their work is on loan for a short or long-term exhibition and not available for sale." 

 In the US, however, many arts organizations depend on submission fees from artists in order to pay for their staff, rent and other expenses. What percent of your local arts organization's budget is raised from artists? What percent is paid out to artists for showing their work? Under the "sunshine laws" of many states in the US, you have the legal right to find out. In most cases, this simply means asking the organization.

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