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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

"We, the under-signed artists, believe exorbitant jury fees are un-necessary and unfair.  Starting December 31, 2013 we will no longer apply to art shows that charge more than $35 for an application/jury fee.

We believe that with fair-warning shows can adjust their budgets accordingly and plan ahead as we, artists, have to do."

Anybody with me on this?  If sent to every show in the country, would they respond?  Would they, boldly, go ahead and release their new show announcement with a $40, $45 or $50 application fee?

You tell me....

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Comment by Jonna Barr on April 12, 2013 at 11:01am

I completely agree. Anything over $30 is too high, especially when a show knows it is going to only allow a few new artists in. It's called 'profit'... Almost forgot what that word means! (NOT earned profit, mind you...)

Comment by Ryan Tischer on April 12, 2013 at 11:34am

I think I remember seeing a $100 jury fee for Sausalito --that's exorbitant! I agree in principal, especially considering that the jury fee sometimes gets you less than ten seconds in front of jurors. At the same time, if it's a really good show and I think I have a shot of getting in, I'm still going to apply, though I'll certainly think about it much longer if the fee is above $35. I think I applied to two shows for 2013 that had $40 jury fees...I got into both, so if I boycotted those two I'd possibly be without shows on those weekends, which I cannot afford. Perhaps if there were an 'artist union' or something along those lines to do bargaining with the shows to get the jury fees to more reasonable levels.

Comment by Ryan Tischer on April 12, 2013 at 11:36am

I've done a few shows with BOOTH fees that were less than some of the jury fees we see now. Some of them were decent little shows. They definitely weren't Zapp shows :)

Comment by Richard P Sullivan on April 12, 2013 at 12:06pm

I think this is a terrific idea. We are lowering our app fees this year, we don't use Zapp so we do not have the added fees and charges....

Comment by Donna Marie Thome on April 12, 2013 at 1:05pm

Personally I think $30 is too high?

Comment by Larry Berman on April 12, 2013 at 1:42pm

I'd be curious to see a thread where show directors justify their jury fees.

Some show directors openly let artists know what advertising they've done for the show. How about how jury fee money is spent.

Artists wouldn't complain about the fee as much if the jurors would meet in one room, the images were projected and the show used qualified jurors. And by qualified, I mean that at least one juror understands each medium and they are given time to discuss each entry.

Larry Berman

Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on April 12, 2013 at 8:30pm

Ryan, you missed the point.  If enough of us get behind the idea and sign a boycott statement  in advance the shows would have time to compare their artist list with the boycott list and if they didn't like what they saw, they would have to make a decision.  That's all I'm after.  Shows should reconsider their fee structure and make it more reasonable.  We actually have the power to do this.  Do we have the courage to sacrifice a top show for one year?


Nancy, if you want to gripe about something else, start your own blog.  Please don't change the subject.

Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on April 12, 2013 at 8:59pm

It has been suggested that I invite readers of this to click the "Share" button and it will go to Facebook and become more well known.  So, feel free to do that.  Thank You.

Comment by Suzanne Ens on April 15, 2013 at 9:51am
I'm there! (Already)
Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on April 15, 2013 at 9:51am

Yes, it is censored.  happened to me just last week.


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