• How might we pay artists for past work? 
  • Tips for artist

Tips are payments given to workers in addition to compensation already provided. A restaurant patron pays for their meal, but then leaves a tip for the waiter. Usually, it’s between 10-15%of the bill. However, tips aren’t standard. Some places include tips in their bills, others don’t allow tips at all. The idea is that waiters aren’t adequately paid, and tips provide a necessary supplement, in many cases. Tips are also common for taxi drivers, coat check workers, and casino dealers or croupiers. Consumers have a general understanding that these workers work long hours, provide necessary services, and are underpaid by employers.  There’s a lot of nuanced reasons for why certain workers expect tips, and for why consumers are expected to pay tips and in what amount. But, they’re generally seen as a necessary income supplement, as well as payments for exceptional service.

I see artists as similar to these types of workers in these ways. Whether an artwork or service is paid for, tips can be a way for consumers to show additional appreciation. The consumers of art aren’t just the people purchasing artworks or services, but anyone seeing an artist’s work at any time. I imagine a directory where a user can look up an artist by name, or by another detail, and get connected to the artist’s CashApp, Google Pay, Apple Pay, Paypal, and/or Venmo connect to a person’s debit cards bank accounts providing a simple way to send money or pay someone. 

  • How might we maximize compensation from friends, family, and other artists? How might we monetize or capitalize on their support?
  • Artist gift registry

Many of the interviewees mentioned that they receive a lot of support from family, friends, and other artists. Family and friends are typically the first people to buy and display an artist’s works, and other artists organize events and exhibitions with each other. A gift registry, like ones for certain parties, are a way for guests to give gifts in an organized way. It’s a good way to capture the support of people close to the host of a party in the form of gifts. If an artist was throwing a sort of party, the guest list would include family, friends, and other artists.

For events like weddings and baby showers, it is common for a host to set up a gift registry. 

With a wedding registry, a couple decides what gifts they want and from which stores. Then, they register at the stores online and include this information in wedding invites and on their wedding website. Guests go to these stores, access the wedding registries, then purchase something listed. The system notes that this item was bought, and crosses it off the registry to prevent duplicate gifts. The couple receives what they want and need, and the guests can choose which items are within their price range without any guesswork. 

With an artist registry, artists list all the ways they want to receive gifts and other types of compensation. They can list the places where they have artworks for sale, the places where you can hire them for freelance work, the fundraisers they’re organizing, their patreon, social media profiles, websites, and portfolios.

  • How might we make prices less confusing? 
  • Transparent Price Calculator & Receipts

Many of the interviewees mentioned that they have trouble pricing their artworks because there’s too many factors to consider. Even after a thorough valuation or appraisal, a price can still seem arbitrary. When putting a price on artworks and services, many artists look to see what other artists are doing, taking into account time, materials, affordability, exposure, experience, etc. 

If lots of artists shared the processes they went through to calculate a price for their artworks and services, including a breakdown of what is specifically included in the price, other artists can look at their models and follow by example. If receipts for artworks and services are organized in a way that is easily searchable by artists looking to sell similar works or services. For example, an artist who is about to sell a 5’ x 7’ oil painting of the NYC skyline, they can calibrate search filters to search through receipts of similar artworks.  

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