Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Just received an "Invitation" from Juried Art Services to apply to the West Palm Beach Fine Craft Show in February. This lovely invite came with a $50 application fee ($75 if after 9/12!, but the website says it's only $70), and did note that ONLY last year's award of Excellence winners were grandfathered. 135 Spaces total. When you are charging booth fees like this:
February 25 - Check-in and set-up
February 26 - 10 AM to 6 PM open to the public
February 27 - 10 AM to 6 PM open to the public
February 28 - 11 AM to 5 PM open to the public
10' x 10' = $ 1,100
10' x 15' = $ 1,650
*10' x 10' corner = $1,450
*10' x 15' corner = $1,800
You don't typically have an application fee. I cannot imagine sending $50 to a show that can charge such a huge fee (if you book a 10x10 corner you need to sell $10,000 to make retail sense - 15% rent factor) if they can't even get their application fees to match the website.
I have made a decision, and sent them this email after unsubscribing:
Just a note to let you know why I have unsubscribed from your emails. We are taking a stance against outrageous application fees. Any fee in excess of $25 should include enough detail on the number of spaces available, the NET number of spaces available, the category mix ratio, and the number of applications received last year. $50 to apply without this information is like mailing $50 to a casino and asking them to place a bet for you. Not going to happen. Sorry
They probably won't read it.