Do you want to ensure that you’re receiving proper compensation in every appropriate circumstance?
CARFAC, an organization that works to promote fair dealings with Canadian visual artists, has a resource you don’t want to miss. CARFAC’s Minimum Fee Schedule has the vital information you need.
The CARFAC minimum fee schedule is sort of like a minimum wage for artists. It sets minimum recommended rates for the use of artwork and certain services that visual artists provide.
Widely recognized as the national standard, rates are all recommendations. That said, many arts councils require that public galleries pay artist’s fees as a condition of their funding. And artists have rights that help them to get paid.
The information provided can help you ensure you are paid in all circumstances, even ones where you may not be aware you should rightfully be receiving payment.
For example, did you know that when your work is exhibited and it’s not for sale, you are supposed to be paid? Unless you have signed over the copyright, no one can exhibit or copy your work without your permission. This is your negotiating trump card – you can always walk away if you don’t like the conditions under which you are being asked to work.
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It’s also important to note that all rates are minimums – CARFAC encourages artists to ask for more.
Find out more about the Minimum Fee Schedule or get more help on CARFAC’s website at http://www.carfac.ca/tools/fees/.
Do you have any thoughts on how much to ask for your art? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!
Photo Courtesy of Terrance Lam via CARFAC.