Anyone who’s been in the art world long enough knows large non-profits don’t pay well. Production fees? Not in our budget. This is the unfortunate world we live in, but there is some hope out there. Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) has established W.A.G.E. Certification, a guidelines program for non-profits to meet minimum payment standards. Over on their site, you can fiddle around with a payment calculator to see what New York’s non-profits large and small should be paying artists. Here’s a preview, but seriously, go take a look at the certification program in full and know what you should be getting paid, in real numbers.
Never get stiffed again.