New York based activists, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), explain their research and advocacy regarding artists and earnings, minimum payment standards for creative labor, and certification for institutions that fairly compensate labor.
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E) is a New York-based activist group whose advocacy is focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between artists and the institutions that contract their labor. Since 2008 W.A.G.E. has delivered speeches, made videos, held open meetings, teach-ins, coffee klatches and workshops, W.A.G.E. RAGING in panel discussions and symposia at museums, galleries, conferences, festivals, schools, summits, and art fairs. Four years after The 2010 W.A.G.E. Artist Survey gathered data about the payment practices of New York City non-profits, W.A.G.E. has established a certification program that publicly recognizes those institutions paying artist fees meeting a minimum payment standard. W.A.G.E. Certification was established as a policy and regulatory tool at the 2014 W.A.G.E. Summit and was launched in October 2014.
This program is the second in the series if it's not work it must be PLAY: discussions on the state of work in the arts. This series is presented by CUE, and produced by our inaugural Public Programming Fellow, Cevan Castle. For more information, visit cueartfoundation.org. The PLAY series is part of Meeting Artists' Needs.
Recorded December 11, 2014.