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Old 12-11-2019, 11:17 AM
sargentdexter sargentdexter is offline
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Workshop fees charged

Hi all. Up until now I've held my workshops at places where I collect the fees directly from students, then pay the centers the cost of rent. I'm just beginning to teach workshops that are scheduled through the art centers themselves and they are asking what my overall fee is that I need to make. What is their usual take? And how is it handled if the workshop books more than the minimum amount needed to make it a go? Is it typical that they'll pay an instructor additional if attendance is more than the minimum?
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:50 PM
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Re: Workshop fees charged

I taught a workshop at a store recently and their cut was 1/3 of all the fees paid. They also provided a small amount of supplies for us to work with. What their cut is depends on the store, though.
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Old 01-04-2020, 02:14 PM
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Re: Workshop fees charged

Harold Roth provided some good insights to the issue, and finished with the best: "What their cut is depends on the store, though."

I admit I have no experience with workshops, but, maybe answering the art centers' question with the amount you want to make from a session, and ask them how they operate. "So, my fee for a two hour session is, usually, $200.00 (or whatever amount you want to walk away with) . However, I'm willing to work with you on figuring out a fair threshold for you, me, and the students/attendees."
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Old 01-12-2020, 06:52 PM
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Re: Workshop fees charged

For some artists, their workshop fees account for a fairly large portion of their annual income. I currently don't teach workshops for pay but have some planned this summer. I haven't set my fees yet, but it won't be less than $60 net to me per hour. An acquaintance of mine who is a fairly well known artist from outside the USA makes over $200 / hour net for his US workshops near me. A local but nationally known friend of ours makes $150 / hour. Another local artist makes $30 / hour, so the "take home pay" range for this group is pretty broad.

Below are the sign up fees and commissions from three different workshop hosting entities near me.

Artist Co-op Organization - Free to about $100 / person / day
This co-op has a fairly large budget due to grants they get and annual membership dues. For less known artists with lower priced fees, they often pay the artist a flat fee and allow co-op members to attend the workshop for free or just the cost of materials if any. This type is usually a one day event. For well known artists, they charge their members the artists normal fee and take 25% of the that amount for the co-op coffers. They have hosted workshops by nationally well known, locally known and relatively unknown artists.

Non Profit Gallery - Free to $50 / person charged per day
A fairly small but well respected gallery that leans heavily towards local artists but does represent some artists from other states / cities. They take 25%-40% of the workshop fee which is negotiated between the artist and the gallery. They only do a few workshops per year.

Higher End Gallery - $475 - $575 per person for 3 days
Representing top local artists as well as many with national and international standing. They don't do any abstract artists or workshops. I am sure many of you would recognize the names of some of their workshop artists. The last time I talked to them about workshops, they said they take 50% of the workshop fees as their commission. That is also the commission rate they take for all art sales from their gallery unless a lower rate is negotiated by the artist.
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Old 02-07-2020, 01:12 PM
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Re: Workshop fees charged

For workshops that I host at my own studio, I charge $100 per student per day. I also teach workshops at a well known art shool that specializes in workshops, and their contract is that I get anywhere between $300-$400 per day. The cost of one of my workshops at this school is around $350 for two days, and I get around 10 students per workshop wherever I teach.

The workshops led by artists more well known than I am cost around $550 for two days, and of course the artists get paid more.
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