Victoria Lansford is the guest author for ASK Harriete as she tells us a couple of ways to prevent delinquent payments from galleries. She creates one-of-a-kind wearable art in precious metals and unique stones and is the author/producer of the Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters: All Chained Up book and DVD series.Previous posts in this series include:
Good Galleries Gone Bad - Don't Let This Happen to You by Victoria Lansford,
Note: The opinions expressed by the author,Victoria Lansford in this post are hers and hers alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASKHarriete or Harriete Estel Berman. No endorsement or refutation is intended or implied.
Preventing delinquent payment situation:
1. Always obtain a signed contract before
sending any work to a gallery. It's becoming more common for
galleries to send contracts via email, which the artists print, sign,
and return with their artwork. Because these documents are created in
Word or Pages rather than scanned in, they are often unsigned by the
gallery owner or manager. DO NOT send your work until you have obtained
a signed copy of the contract. If you have to file a legal claim, an
unsigned contract won't help your case and can certainly make you appear
less than professional and an easy target.
2. Get references about a prospective gallery. Discover other artists that they represent and contact them directly to ask of their experiences concerning timely payment, the condition of returned work, and the accessibility of the owner or manager.
4. Keep in contact with the galleries that carry your work on a consistent basis. It's easy to check in every month or so via email without seeming like a pest. You can let them know of new work you are creating and find out what interest there has been in your work, both of which can be helpful under any circumstances.
FROM ASK HARRIETE:
The Professional Guidelines offers an excellent Consignment Contract with a complete overview explaining every clause. This can be found on my web site under the PROFESSIONAL GUIDELINES link or CLICK HERE. The Professional Guidelines can also be found on the SNAG web site.
In the next post, tomorrow, Victoria will give us six steps to take if your Gallery has not paid you on time. Each step is simple, straight forward and relatively easy to do. With this poor economy, artists need to learn to be better advocates for themselves and each other in the arts and crafts community. If you have suggestions about how you have worked to prevent a poor payment problem, please share it as a comment. CLICK on the word COMMENT below this post.