Founded in 2008, W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) advocates on behalf of artists in the non-profit sector to ensure they are paid. In its decade-plus of operation, it has introduced several mechanisms to support this effort and to bring about an equitable standard of compensation in the field. W.A.G.E. sees the contemporary fight for non-wage compensation as part of a wider struggle by all gig workers who supply content without payment standards or an effective means to organize. In the context of contemporary art, where the unpaid labor of artists supports a more than $60 billion-dollar industry, W.A.G.E.’s mission is to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract our labor, and to introduce mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is established in New York, NY. His will called for the creation of a foundation dedicated to “advancement of the visual arts,” and he left nearly his entire estate to the cause.