WAGE Just Released a Calculator That Tells Artists If They’re Getting Paid Fairly for Their Work
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WAGE Just Released a Calculator That Tells Artists If They’re Getting Paid Fairly for Their Work

Certified WAGENT logos from the activist organization Working Artists and the Greater Economy (WAGE). Image courtesy of WAGE. For artists around the world, working with prestigious arts nonprofits can be a surprisingly bittersweet experience. The benefits of bypassing the private sector and adding hallowed or forward-thinking institutions to your CV are often tainted by low or nonexistent compensation. This means artists can, and often do, actually lose money for the sake of advancing their careers. But artists of all kinds have just gained access to a new tool to help re-balance the scales, thanks to Working Artists and the Greater Economy (WAGE), the New York-based activist organization devoted to helping artists and arts nonprofits establish equitable, self-regulating labor relationships. This week, WAGE launched WAGENCY , an online system that allows artists to easily calculate equitable compensation for 15 different categories of artistic labor at any of thousands of American nonprofits, as well as send and manage fee requests to any organization soliciting their participation. Lise Soskolne, WAGE’s core organizer since 2012, tells artnet News that WAGENCY has been a long time coming. The platform emerged from a three-year planning and implementation process that combined her efforts with those of […]

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