Photo-Courtesy-of-Terrance-Lam-300x199Getting paid can sometimes be a problem for artists.

Getting paid fairly for our contributions is a refrain I hear often – especially from new commercial artists.

Hyperallergic just published an article on a new enterprise called the W.A.G.E Certification Program. W.A.G.E (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) is seeking to model their programme on the Canadian CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation / Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens).

What I find most exciting about all of this is a previously unknown (to me) existence of a “minimum fee” schedule for artists. Yay!



Minimum Fees for Artists

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Americans!!

Head over to the W.A.G.E for minimum levels of compensation depending on the organizations Total Annual Operating Expenses.

They even have a Fee Calculator to figure out how much you should charge.

Canadians!

Head over to CARFAC for their Minimum Fee Schedule.

Hows this for a juicy bit:


“When your work is exhibited and it’s not for sale, you are supposed to be PAID.”
~CARFAC



Who knew??

These are minimum suggestions. CARFAC encourages artists to regularly ask for more.

Share these links with your artists friends – especially those who are selling themselves short and not representing the industry with realistic price tags attached to their work.

Artists will never get paid a rate that is acceptable unless every single artist is willing to charge for their expertise and institute a minimum fee policy.




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