CARFAC NEWS: Canadian Museums Association attacks artists’ fees

Posted on February 18, 2011 in CARFAC, Copyright Bill C32, NEWS & VIEWS

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Ottawa, Thursday, February 16, 2011 – The Canadian Museums Association told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday they would like to see the Exhibition Right “abolished”. Jon Tupper, President of the CMA, also asked to be exempt from paying artist fees for things such as reproductions in catalogues, in slides for public lectures and online. Canadian museums are the main source of copyright income for visual artists. An amendment proposed by Bill C-32 to open fair dealing to education appears to have been perceived by the museum community as an invitation to stop paying the fees that artists such as Jack Chambers fought so hard for. Although they claim their budgets are too tight, for most public galleries artists’ fees represent a small portion of their budget. When faced with similar arguments back in the 1970’s, artist Tony Urquhart suggested to a Montreal museum director that instead of hosting twenty contemporary exhibits in a year, he host nineteen and use the last budget to pay the artists. READ COMPLETE ARTICLE >> Tiny URL for this post:

CARFAC appeals to all artists to speak up about the Artist’s Resale Right. Find out how you can help!

Over the past six months, our campaign for the Artist’s Resale Right has been picking up speed. All three opposition parties have endorsed our proposal. Heritage Minister James Moore, Health Minister and Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq and the Prime Minister’s Office have all expressed an interest in the Artist’s Resale Right but we are still waiting for them to confirm their support. You can help tip the balance by writing your MP and the Conservative members of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-32.

About the Artist’s Resale Right Many people profit when an artwork is resold – but not the artist. The Artist Resale Right would allow visual artists to share in these profits just as they do in 59 other countries around the world.

•The Artist Resale Right would entitle artists to receive 5% from the resale of their work.
-The full value of an artwork often isn’t realized on the initial sale. It is common for visual art to appreciate in value over time, as the reputation of the artist grows
-For example, acclaimed Canadian artist Tony Urquhart sold a painting, The Earth Returns to Life in 1958 for $250. It was later resold by Heffel Fine Art auction house in 2009 for approximately $10,000.

•Canada’s Aboriginal artists in particular are losing out on the tremendous profits being made on their work in the secondary market.
-Many artists living in isolated northern communities live in impoverished conditions, while their work dramatically increases in value.

Find out you can help! Check out the CARFAC National website.