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Welcome to wageforwork.com 4.0. Here is a guide to what's changed with the platform's relaunch:

Maximum W.A.G.E. Threshold Rises: The Maximum W.A.G.E. threshold has increased from $15 million to $30 million. As a result, the cap for a Solo Exhibition at Maximum W.A.G.E. has increased from $30,000 to $60,000, along with corresponding raises to caps on most other fee categories. Read more 

New Living W.A.G.E. Tier: The Fee Calculator now includes Living W.A.G.E. – a new fourth tier for institutions with operating expenses between $5 million and $30 million. For now, certified institutions with operating expenses within that range are still only required to pay Minimum W.A.G.E. fees but a continued scale-up until the cap is strongly encouraged. Read more 

Certification Service Fee: W.A.G.E. now charges an annual service fee to certify institutions with operating expenses over $250,000. Service fees are applied annually and are calculated at 0.02% of an institution’s projected expenses, starting at $100 and capping off at $700. W.A.G.E. Certification is still free for institutions with operating expenses under $250,000. Read more 

Fee Calculator: New design and functionality including custom fee schedule calculation. Go to FEE CALCULATOR 

WAGENCY Reboot: Learning from how it was and wasn't being used over the past 5 years, WAGENCY has been reconceived and reconfigured. Read more  or go to WAGENCY 

Resources: Internal and external working materials in the form of data analysis, policy development and collaboration. Go to RESOURCES 

Timeline: Almost every documentable thing W.A.G.E. has done since 2008 in sortable chronological order. Events, videos, milestones, summits, certifications and more. Go to TIMELINE 

W.A.G.E. Fees Will Increase With Inflation: Starting July 1, 2023, W.A.G.E. minimum fees in all 15 fee categories will increase by 25% to account for the cumulative rate of inflation since pricing was introduced in 2014.

Performance Fees Will Increase: Starting July 1, 2023, artist fees for the category Performance, Commission of New Work will increase from $600 to $1,000 for a featured presentation akin to a Solo Exhibition in scale. Artist fees for the category Performance of Existing Work will increase from $300 to $500 for each performance. Read more 

Coming Soon with Phase 2

Contracts for Art Workers: In 2020, almost 50 years after Seth Siegelaub and Robert Projansky’s The Artist’s Reserved Rights Transfer and Sales Agreement was introduced in 1971, W.A.G.E. began drafting work agreements for art workers inspired in name and in function by this legendary legal document. W.A.G.E.’s agreements are intended to establish new industry standards for engaging the skilled labor of non-unionized freelance workers who facilitate the conception, fabrication, production, exhibition and circulation of art in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

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