[artinfo] Fwd: Announcing W.A.G.E. Certification + Wages 4 W.A.G.E.

Nicolas Vass nicovass at gmail.com
Sat Oct 11 12:05:19 CEST 2014

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From: W.A.G.E. <info at wageforwork.com>
Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM
Subject: Announcing W.A.G.E. Certification + Wages 4 W.A.G.E.
To: nicovass at gmail.com

                       W.A.G.E. is proud to announce the launch of W.A.G.E.
a paradigm-shifting model for the remuneration of artistic labor.

Initiated and operated by W.A.G.E., Certification is a program that
publicly recognizes non-profit arts organizations that demonstrate a
history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees—*it is also
the first of its kind in the U.S. that establishes a sector-wide minimum
standard for compensation*, as well as a clear set of guidelines and
standards for the conditions under which artistic labor is contracted.

W.A.G.E. worked in dialog with artists, arts organizations, writers,
sociologists, labor historians, and critical theorists over the past four
years to produce a scalable model that can be applied across the non-profit
arts economy in all its variation: from small artist-run spaces struggling
to support a single employee to large institutions with hundreds of
full-time workers and top salaries in the seven figures.

We are also proud to announce that, working with W.A.G.E. over the past
year as part of a two-year Research Partnership, Artists Space
has met the policy’s requirements and paid fees meeting a minimum standard
specified by the program’s fee calculator—making it *the first organization
to be W.A.G.E. Certified*.

If you know our work, then you know that these are major achievements in
the history of W.A.G.E. What you may not know is that for the past six
years we have operated on speaking, writing and workshop fees. It's a
miracle we've lasted this long.

*W.A.G.E. can only keep fighting for equitable compensation if we ourselves
are compensated.*

We are asking you, as our constituency and our community, to join W.A.G.E.
by directly supporting us: help us raise $75,000 by making a tax-deductible
donation to Wages 4 W.A.G.E.
Funds will be applied directly to minimal overhead costs, which include
paying our dedicated organizers a living wage. We cannot W.A.G.E. RAGE
without you!

W.A.G.E. Certification's guidelines and fee calculator are at

To support Wages 4 W.A.G.E. please go to wages4wage.causevox.com


For more information visit www.wageforwork.com

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