It`s obvious that Nels post has struck a nerve with all of us on here. As of this post, it`s been viewed over 2,300 times in just 5 days. It`s very discouraging to work so hard doing what we love to do, only to have to struggle against so many obstacles. There`s weather (this year has seen some bad storms), the economy, booth location, public apathy or ignorance, and yes, of course the necessary evil - the promoters. We can all agree that the promoters are going to make alot of money from each show they put on regardless of how we do at the show. Th majority of them have become complacent and indifferent to the artists, lining their pockets. They take more than their fare share. WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. Let`s not be complacent. I myself have sent scathing emails to promoters who have raised their fees, not caring if I get black listed, because I won`t shell out more money for their show anyway.
We have all seen the email calling for I think it`s the 4th call for entries for the Reston show in Northern Virginia. Not only is their jury fee higher (because it`s through Juried Art Services), but now they also want $50 extra. You may not want to pay that, but I bet there are plenty of artists who will do it. How many times will they extend their deadline in order to be able collect more fat jury fees and pocket the late penalty application fee? Every time we get an email with an extended deadline, you just know that either they want to try and get more jury money and/or they can`t fill their show BECAUSE THEIR BOOTH FEES ARE TOO HIGH.
SOLUTION: They can`t black list everyone. Without us, they have no show. No show = no money for them. Shows do disappear. I say, we (alot of us who are fed up) contact the extra greedy promoters and voice our disapproval about their booth fees. If they are going to be indifferent to us, why show them the courtesy of handing over our money without question? They should get paid for the service they provide. In my opinion $200 to $350 should be the fair range IF they do a good job promoting. Those charging alot more, should be boycotted and/or chastised for their greed. No more deadline extensions as a means of extracting even more money from us. THEY NEED US. That is our voice. "Occupy Art Shows". End their greed or make them go broke. See how they like it!