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Shows that get it and are refunding fees

I wish to thank these shows for getting it and returning fees. This rough on all but unless we change how things are done and make changes to make it a level playing field our industry will not survive. Over the years things have changed some good and some bad like to much politics, to many fees, inexperienced people running them and the biggest greed. Now that I have said my piece I would like say thanks to these shows for return of funds. Most of these are in Wisconsin.

Festival of the… Continue

Added by Jan Hubbard on April 2, 2020 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Fees being returned by some shows and not others?

Because of this epidemic things are tough for everyone. But I am not understanding why some shows are returning funds and others are not. I understand that this is hurting all but for a show to say they have expenses to meet, well artists do to. If your running a show and you don’t have things like insurance in place well I find it hard to believe that you would still be in business. There’s a saying no business is in business to loose money. I know there is many small and large shows out there… Continue

Added by Jan Hubbard on March 31, 2020 at 10:36pm — 3 Comments

The V word

The V word has been becoming the promoters favorite word and to me it means a Tupperware sales person. I don’t understand why they can’t use artist or artisan that is what we are. I have noticed one thing that shows that use that word is usually the kind I want to stay away from because I feel they just want to sell space and do not care who they have in their shows.

Added by Jan Hubbard on July 11, 2018 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Picking your Poison When Chosing Shows

Chosing shows can be a double edged soared. If you chose to go with booth fee that can mean fees from $100 to $1500 and add jury fee $25 to $100 and none refundable and if the promoter dose their job and it's a great show we all smile. Now let's talk reality you will never get the jury fee back and you need to sell a lot if the booth fee is high and than add Mother Nature into the mix and now your possibly running at a loss and that's not taking into account your costs for time and travel and… Continue

Added by Jan Hubbard on June 7, 2016 at 7:20pm — 12 Comments

Losing money to Mother Nature

Cindy sounds like your feeling the pain we are in Wisconsin. Late in season last year we started to feel the crunch from the promoters with the fees getting out of control and the economy not so good but you make adjustments and you move forward. But this year just to add to the mix Mother Nature has not been nice its kind of like really can't I get a break. I know you there is nothing that can't be done about the weather but you would think the promoters would lend a hand because without us… Continue

Added by Jan Hubbard on June 4, 2016 at 12:47pm — 7 Comments


Roxan I believe that will be the way I will be going next year. To late for this year so we will just roll with whatever Mother Nature dishes out.

Added by Jan Hubbard on May 31, 2016 at 10:57am — No Comments

Turning things around

Connie I listened to your message thanks and Cristine oh How I wish we had more indoor shows God knows I have looked. And in Wisconsin everything shuts down in the late fall and all winter. But if there is one thing I have learned in this business is you can always work it out and if I decided to stop doing shows things will be fine except that I will miss it.

Added by Jan Hubbard on May 31, 2016 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Loosing money to Mother Nature

4 shows have been a total loss I have a good tent but have lost sides, displays and the worst my art.I have run out of ideas and patients. I just have never had a season like this between all the other ups and downs being hit with the weather problem well it's getting on my last nerve. Any thoughts out there I am at the end of my rope so I will try anything.
Thanks Jan H In need of help

Added by Jan Hubbard on May 29, 2016 at 10:43pm — 6 Comments

Never do this show if you want to make any money

This week last weekend I did the 47th Art Fair at the North Shore Unitarian Church Il. that always had been good. So what went wrong? The show has been running 47 years and they have a processing fee which is only $25 nonrefundable and booth is a $100 for a two day show and they also take 15% of your sales. All this is not to bad but this year a new person was in charge and it was a nightmare. They used Facebook for advertising and I am sure they did not know how Facebook works. They sent… Continue

Added by Jan Hubbard on April 25, 2016 at 8:05pm — 3 Comments

Percent used injuring A show

I am looking for help it's been a long time since I thought about this. But with all the changes in the business I am wondering if this has changed to. Not to mention that I have to admit I do not remember what they are. I remember the process but not the percents used. Can someone help I have a show that I am in the NSUC in Deerfield Il and the percentages seem off .

Added by Jan Hubbard on April 12, 2016 at 11:06am — 6 Comments

What's going up not my sales

I was going over my shows for this year and one thing caught my eye my caust have gone up an what I used to receive is gotten less. The one item that dose concern me is how much a show is promoted. I know this cost but I would think that would be one of the reason for growing fees. But have had a few shows where if 20 people come through your lucky to name on Long Grove Il. If promoters expenses are getting to high than get ride of the other things they offer but never cut promotion it's the… Continue

Added by Jan Hubbard on March 19, 2016 at 8:21pm — 9 Comments


The question is if an application says jury fee not refundable and the application and pictures never make it through that process because the application was submitted by mistake through an electronic site 4 weeks after the show was closed.

After the realization of this mistake the show was contacted and to date the show had not contact the artist. So the first contact was done by the artist via e-mail With no response. Finally a response came but it was not regarding their…


Added by Jan Hubbard on March 15, 2016 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments

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