The following content was written and released by Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists.
Read Springboard’s Coronavirus/COVID-19 response plan here: https://springboardforthearts.org/stories-writing/coronavirus-response/
Many artists heavily rely on contract work to make a living, feed their families and to sustain themselves. We know that many artists do this work without strong contracts that protect them from cancellations or loss of income. We recognize that canceling or postponing events is a hardship for everyone involved and we encourage businesses and organizations to help mitigate the impact on artists, freelancers and contractors.
Together we can help sustain our vital creative community by taking the following actions, even if you are not contractually obligated:
- If you can, postpone the event and keep the artist’s contract in place, even if you don’t yet have a date for future event, the reassurance that you intend to reschedule and honor your commitment is important.
- Consider transferring your event online. Can you reimagine the event as a video or web-based offering? Classes, workshops, and even fundraising events might be able to take place in a new way.
- If you have paid an upfront fee or deposit to an artist, do not ask for the fee to be returned.
- If the artist has invested time in planning, supplies or other preparation, compensate them fairly for this work.
- If the artist has hired other artists to be a part of the event or project, talk with them about how you can work together to compensate these artists.
- Discuss other opportunities with the artist, if the event or project must be cancelled are there other things you might be able to hire the artist to do? Webinars, graphics for your social media accounts, performances at a future fundraising event, writing case studies or conducting interviews to share your work, creating drawings for a publication. Invite artists to think creatively about how you might be able to work together in other ways.