How Do Artists Get Paid?

After initially being invited to give this workshop at the Lower East Side Printshop in 2014, I have been invited to give a talk and workshop built on this same curriculum at the School of Visual Arts on a few occasions from 2014 – 2016.

The goal of the talk and workshop are to inform participants about what compensation actually looks like for artists, based on real data; to help them understand what strategies and forms of organizing have helped artists get paid; and to encourage them to think critically about their expectations and assumptions about what monetary reward in the arts looks like for many people.

Please be in touch if you or your organization are interested booking this class.

How Do Artists Get Paid?

studio_signingI’ve been invited by the Lower East Side Printshop to run a workshop focused on how artists get paid across fields that builds on my writing for Hyperallergic about arts and labor issues, as well as the course that I taught last year, Rights, Demands, and Radical Reimaginings: Art and Labor in the US. Below is some basic information about the workshop.

Workshop Title: How Do Artists Get Paid?

Date: April 16, 2014

Location: Lower East Side Printshop, 306 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10018


Workshop Description: In the past few years there’s been a lot of discussion around the payments for artists (or the lack thereof). What’s not often discussed are the ways that artists are getting paid and how those strategies could be applied across fields. This workshop will include a brief overview of how artists are being paid today, a discussion of how you can make use of and join in efforts to advocate for yourself and other artists, and how to start building long-term sustainability into your career.

Art & Labor Class

LaborClassStarting on August 27, I will be facilitating a class in Brooklyn on art and labor.

There are a lot of people looking at these issues across different fields of the arts, and it’s come up in my own writing a lot lately and in many events I’ve participated in or attended. The idea for this class is to spend some concentrated time looking at both historic and contemporary examples of many different kinds of artists (musicians, visual artists, performing artists, etc.) organizing around labor issues. I hope the class will bring together a variety of people who can make use of the information in their own lives and communities.

Some basic info about the class:

Rights, Demands, and Radical Reimaginings: Art and Labor in the US

Tuesday evenings, from 7.00-8.30 (or 9.00) pm
Aug 27 – Sep 24, 2013 (5 sessions)

Brooklyn, NY (see class reg for full details)

Registration is required and there is a fee (sliding scale and barter available).

Click to register and get the full details.

Discount code to get $15 off: ACFRND. 

For some context, and a quick primer on some of the ways that artists are organizing around labor issues today, have a look at this piece I wrote that was published earlier this week on both Hyperallergic and Salon:

How Are Artists Getting Paid?