Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
You may think that I have it out for Madison “On the Square.” I don’t, and it may only look that way. I have always loved that show. However, they keep making these decisions that are questionable at best and are at worst are illegal.
Now, the latest decision is they have made is to charge an additional fee on top of the booth fee if an accepted artist wants to pay by credit card. The fee is $20 for a double booth and $10 for a single booth. I am not a lawyer but I am somewhat familiar with credit card fees. As I understand this, it may not be illegal to charge the fee, but all the major credit card companies have clauses in their contracts that do not allow for this fee to be charged. They have that fee so that people will use credit cards instead of paying cash or using personal checks. This sounds to be like an illegal practice. And that is only my opinion. In addition, they could get away with it, if they told artists that they would give them a $10 or $20 discount is they paid in cash, but the Madison “Art Fair on the Square” is making it a penalty to pay by credit card.
I hope that artists will question this practice and put a stop to this.
I am going to forward this to Annik Dupaty, the Madison, AFOS, Director of Events and see what her response is.
I do come up with the same conclusion that I did for the jury blog I posted earlier in the week. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU SHOULD. And I’m not even sure that it applies if it is an illegal fee. And again it appears as if Annik is more concerned with the bottom line than the ethical running of an organization.