Excellence In the Arts
Visual Artist Compensation Policy
Why the Arts?
From its Gilded Age to present day, Hartford’s arts community has created a quality of life that resonates throughout the Capitol Region. Ned and Sunny Roberts recognized how important the arts are to maintaining the vitality of their beloved city, and 60 years ago created a foundation that would ensure Hartford’s rich cultural heritage thrived for generations.
Today the foundation is unique in its commitment to support the arts for arts’ sake, and to achieve this mission, the organization seeks to fund exceptional aesthetic experiences that reflect, celebrate and elevate the human spirit.
In keeping with its commitment to Excellence in the Arts, the foundation is establishing a Visual Artist Compensation Policy to ensure that visual artists are fairly compensated for their work as are artists in the other genres we fund. As of February 1, 2022, all applicant organizations must disclose how featured visual artists will be financially compensated.
In addition, the foundation will encourage applicant organizations to allocate Roberts’ funding towards visual artist compensation. We believe this policy will elevate the quality of work presented as well as the artistic experience for all.
The Roberts Foundation’s new Visual Artist Compensation Policy:
- All living visual artists must be compensated as part of the venue’s program budget as submitted with the application. Roberts’ funding may not be used to compensate the estates or trusts of deceased artists.
- Compensation will not be required for artists whose work has been previously purchased and is on loan for an exhibit from a museum or private collection.
- Artists must be compensated regardless of the opportunity to sell their work.
- A presenting venue may not consider expenses such as framing, shipping, insurance, posters, printed catalog, etc. as compensation. In addition, support services such as marketing, hospitality and hanging a show are not to be considered compensation.
- As of 2022, Roberts will focus funding on professional visual artists and/or those with a documented history of producing the highest quality work. In keeping with our policy in regards to performing arts, we will not fund “beginners,” students or community projects. Applications must include digital images of the artists’ work to be considered.
- Roberts will not fund juried shows where artists must pay an entry fee to be considered.
- This compensation policy does not extend to touring shows where the contractual arrangement predates application to the foundation. However, if the board believes that the artists in such a show are not being properly compensated or recognized, it may decide to not fund the exhibition.
- As part of its application, The Roberts Foundation will ask if an organization has a visual artist compensation policy, and if so, to detail the policy.
- If an artist voluntarily defers a fee or donate works for a Roberts-funded event, the foundation will require the organization to issue an official acknowledgement stating the appropriate value for the artist to use for tax purposes.
- If an arts organization chooses not to compensate artists appropriately, the board may elect to decline their application. If an organization can demonstrate why it cannot accommodate appropriate compensation, the board may renegotiate the grant amount in order to fund appropriate artist compensation.
- Appropriate compensation may vary between solo shows and group exhibitions. The foundation, at this time, will not specify an exact amount of compensation and will allow venues to determine fair and reasonable compensation commensurate with the artist’s experience, number of works on view, standing in the market, etc.
Because the foundation limits funding to 501(c)3 arts organizations located in specific communities in Hartford County, we ask that all applicants complete the following eligibility quiz before continuing.
Using the Save and Continue Function If you cannot complete the application in one session, you may save the form and return at a later date to finish it.
To save the form, click “Save and Continue Later.” This will generate a link that you can copy and save, or if you add your email address (recommended), the link will be emailed to you. This link will work for 30 days and will save your progress.
You may use the Save and Continue Later function only once. You must complete the application on your return visit.
The purpose of the final report is to account for the use of the foundation’s funds and to provide the foundation with information as to the success of the project.
It is generally expected that organizations will execute and complete their Excellence in the Arts projects within 12 months of receipt of the grant. Upon completion of the project, a final report must be submitted. No further applications will be considered by the foundation until the project is completed and a final report has been submitted.
In addition to answering the questions in the reporting form below, you must attach the originally-proposed budget and actuals (revenue and expenses). You may send playbills, programs, brochures or other collateral material related to the project to our mailing address.