Visual Artist
Compensation Policy

In keeping with its commitment to Excellence in Arts, the Roberts 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.

Under 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.