October 6, 2014. W.A.G.E. Certification
What is W.A.G.E. Certification? Certification
is a voluntary program initiated and operated by W.A.G.E. that publicly recognizes non-profit arts organizations demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees that meet a minimum payment standard.
Who is Certified? Artists Space
is the first W.A.G.E. Certified organization.
What is W.A.G.E.? Working Artists and the Greater Economy
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 that contract their labor.
Why? Read our wo/manifesto
: we need you. Add your name to this list
This website was made possible with the generous support of Art Matters
Calling all artists, activists, educators, curators, directors, philanthropists, and believers that artists make the world more interesting: we are asking for your financial help at a critical moment in the fight for artist compensation.
Since incorporating as a non-profit in 2012, W.A.G.E. has gradually shifted from an activist group into a compact research and advocacy organization while continuing to operate on speaking, writing and workshop fees. It's a miracle we've lasted this long. With the launch of W.A.G.E. Certification we cannot rely on miracles any longer!
W.A.G.E. can only keep fighting for equitable compensation if we ourselves are compensated.
As both our constituency and our community, as those most directly impacted by our work, we are asking you to join W.A.G.E. by directly supporting us: we cannot W.A.G.E. RAGE without you! Help us raise $75,000 by contributing to Wages 4 W.A.G.E.. All donations are tax deductible.
THANK YOU to all who have given so far! As of October 23 you are:
Marc Joseph Berg
Alaina Claire Feldman
Gloria and Shawn Maximo
Matt Merkel Hess
SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound)
Patrice Renee Washington
Eleanor and Oliver Wise
We demand payment for making the world more interesting