W.A.G.E. Establishes Minimum Payment Policies for Artists

by Corinna Kirsch on October 10, 2014 · 3 comments Newswire

What the world looks like to Dan Colen. Most artists are not paid adequately for their work.

What the world looks like to Dan Colen.

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.


Lil Stevie October 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

Small non-profits don’t pay well either, am I right? 🙂


How about W.A.G.E. certification?

Paddy Johnson October 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Actually, that’s a good idea. Our contributor rate meets the W.A.G.E. recommended fees.

What’s particularly valuable about the W.A.G.E. rates is that it gives a set figure to work into grant and foundation applications. The point is to try to get past the systemic undervaluing of art labor.

Goya59 October 17, 2014 at 2:43 am

Paddy, absolutely correct! Set figures to work with in grant and foundation applications certainly would make applying easier when one gets to the budget sections. Undervaluing art labor seems not to have changed since 14th Century Italy!!

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