Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Shows have been reaching out to us and refunding booth fees. Thank you, but that's our money. If you're anything like me, your main concern is about future shows when things begin to get back to normal, say in August or September and beyond.
My biggest artist expense right now is jury fees! Some shows are deferring deadlines and/or jury fees, but still want their "cash cows" ponying up! Why not roll the clock back and lower or get rid of them?
When I started doing shows in 1981, there was no such thing as a jury fee. Then as time went by, I remember a $5 jury fee. Then the flood gate opened and it has never stopped. Can anyone really justify a $50 fee just to see if you can beat-out two or three hundred other artists in your category? And then, often finding out you failed? At that point, it is just lost money and no longer "seed money".
Having just filed my 2019 tax return, I can report that I did 40 shows and spent $2,200 just on jury fees.
If the shows really want to help us, what do you think the first step could be?