The W.A.G.E. Artist Survey results are in!
The results of the 2010 Artist Survey are now available at the new W.A.G.E. website. Read or download the complete report and survey results in graphic form here.
In 2010 W.A.G.E. launched an online survey to gather information about the economic experiences of artists working with over 67 nonprofit arts institutions in New York City’s five boroughs between 2005 and 2010. The survey collected data about how cultural producers were compensated for exhibitions, performances, screenings, and lectures. The results indicate that there is little consistency in institutional payment practices across New York’s five boroughs, with compensation ranging from full coverage of expenses and the payment of fees to no remuneration of any kind.
In response, W.A.G.E. is developing a certification program that will recognize nonprofit organizations that voluntarily adhere to an established best practices model and demonstrate a history of—and commitment to—paying artist fees that meet a minimum payment standard. W.A.G.E. Certification is being developed through a Research Partnership with Artists Space, together with active participation of the public. For more information about past and future programs please visit the W.A.G.E. website and Artists Space online.
Founded in 2008, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is a New York-based activist group that focuses on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between cultural producers and the institutions which contract their labor. W.A.G.E. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Find us at www.wageforwork.com.