Kentucky Arts Council Board Passes Resolution in Support of Artists
FRANKFORT, Ky. – At its June 19th board meeting, the Kentucky Arts Council passed a "Resolution on Artists' Compensation" that reconfirms the commitment of the state's arts agency to artists working and living in Kentucky. The resolution states, "The Kentucky Arts Council believes that artists should be fairly compensated for their work. Requests for donations for artwork, performances or products, and other business practices not in keeping with the Kentucky Arts Council values statement, are not supported by this state agency."
The Kentucky Arts Council's complete value statement in regard to artist compensation is as follows:
The Kentucky Arts Council believes that the time and work of artists have real value, for which artists should be fairly compensated. In dealing with artists' creative services and works, consideration must be given to:
- The full engagement of artists in plans for use of their work
- Gratis creative services and works, demonstrations, or performances should not be solicited as standard practice.
- All parties should mutually agree upon equitable compensation for services, works or performances
"While this resolution seems to be stating the obvious, it is a constant challenge to educate the public and organizations that seek the services of artists, that workers in the creative industry should be paid as those in any other profession," said Lori Meadows, executive director of the Kentucky Arts Council. "The resolution also supports one of the main tenets of our agency; that 'artists live and work in a supportive environment'."
The Kentucky Arts Council is the state arts agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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