There have been important achievements for artists rights in the United States, developed and encouraged through an independent artist led organisation Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.).
There are now 27 W.A.G.E. Certified organisations across the U.S., in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Ithaca, Los Angeles, Marylhurst, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Providence, Saint Paul, San Francisco, and Seattle. In these cities you will find non-profit organisations that have chosen to pay the artists they work with according to minimum standards of compensation.
W.A.G.E. Certification is a program initiated and operated by Working Artists and the Greater Economy that publicly recognises non-profit arts organisations demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees that meet a minimum payment standard.
Its specific goal is to establish and guarantee standards of minimum compensation and organisational support for artists in the non-profit arts economy. Its broader goal is to work toward the fairer and more equitable distribution of resources in the contemporary art field and in society at large.
View the list of W.A.G.E. Certified organisations: www.wageforwork.com/w.a.g.e.-certified-