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Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) 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 the best practices between cultural producers and the institutions which contract their labor. 

Principles of W.A.G.E. Certification

Equity in the visual and performing arts begins with the recognition that the contribution made by cultural producers is integral to the functioning of an arts institution, and financial compensation is part of acknowledging this value.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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