WAGE 

Get Certified

W.A.G.E. Certification is intended as an ongoing commitment to equity. You can apply to be certified for previous, current or upcoming fiscal years but they must be consecutive.

 

If you are interested in becoming W.A.G.E. Certified please read the guidelines, use the Fee Calculator, and then begin an application. All institutonal information and documentation are kept confidential.

 

Current Fiscal Year

If your organization has met W.A.G.E. standards consistently during your current fiscal year, you can apply to be certified while you are still in it.

Upcoming Fiscal Year

If your organization is preparing to meet W.A.G.E. standards in the next fiscal year, you can apply to be certified for that year as long as its start date is within 90 days.

Previous Fiscal Year

If your organization has consistently paid artist fees using W.A.G.E. ’s standards during a previous fiscal year, you can apply to be certified for that year after applying for a current or upcoming fiscal year.

 

Please note that most W.A.G.E. Certified institutions produce programs with artists that do not fit precisely within W.A.G.E. Certification's 15 fee categories. These programs can usually be accommodated, please contact us directly.

 

FAQ

Our gallery is part of a university. Should we use the total annual operating expenses of the university to determine our fees? 

No. You should use the total annual operating expenses of the gallery only, but in your projected budget you should include any in-kind support such as space, utilities, and salaries that are subsidized by the university.

Our institution contracts other kinds of freelance labor beyond the W.A.G.E. fee schedule. Are we responsible for paying them according to W.A.G.E. standards and reporting the payments we make?

No. W.A.G.E.'s 15 fee categories broadly define the work artists do in the nonprofit sector for which there were no existing payment standards and guidelines until the introduction of W.A.G.E. Certification in 2014. W.A.G.E.'s work is an effort to enforce their standardization across the sector. If your institution contracts freelance workers who provide content and services for which there are existing industry standards, such as teaching artists, graphic designers, lighting designers, or exhibition furniture fabricators, for example, your institution should compensate them accordingly.

Our institution is now W.A.G.E. Certified. Is there anything we have to do to maintain our status?

Yes. There are 2 things your institution must do:

 

1) Track all Fee Payments made to artists using the FEE TRACKER in Step 4. This can be done anytime as long as all payments are recorded by fiscal year-end. Once all Fee Payments have been entered, upload your institution's closed-out budget, and click the 'SUBMIT FOR REVIEW' button.

 

2) Certifications are associated with fiscal years and need to be completed and maintained year by year. Your current certification will expire when your fiscal year does, so your institution must re-register for certification. 30 days before your certification is due to expire you'll receive an automated alert from W.A.G.E.

 

How does our institution re-register for Certification when our fiscal year ends?

Once you have submitted your history of Fee Payment and closed-out budget, click 'ADD ANOTHER FISCAL YEAR'. Enter your institution's projected total annual operating expenses for the next fiscal year along with the projected budget. Within a few days, W.A.G.E. will approve the new certification and it will become visible here.

   

Is there a W.A.G.E. certificate we can add to our website so that artists and funders know we're certified?

Yes. In Step 5 you'll find a dynamic SVG logo that should be embedded on your website. It's time-stamped and indicates your current certification status. When your certification expires, the certificate will no longer display the current date and you will be listed as pending.

 

How do I add another user to our institution's admin?

The initial administrator associated with your institution can add another user by logging in and clicking the 'ADD COLLABORATOR' button.

1Sign up

To register, enter your email address, a user password, and your institution information.

2 Register Institution

3Add Fiscal Details

Certified Institutions

3Arts, Inc. W

3Arts, Inc. W

Art Gym W

Art Gym W

Art League Houston W

Art League Houston W

Art League Houston W

Art League Houston W

Art Students League of Denver W

Art Students League of Denver W

Art Students League of Denver W

Art Students League of Denver W

Artists Space W

Artists Space W

Artists Space W

Artists Space W

Artists Space W

Asia Art Archive in America W

Bas Fisher Invitational W

Bas Fisher Invitational W

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York W

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York W

Black Cube W

Black Cube W

Blank Forms W

Blank Forms W

Blank Forms W

Blue Star Contemporary W

Blue Star Contemporary W

Carnegie Int’l 57th ed., 2018 W

China Residencies W

China Residencies W

Culture Mill W

Darger HQ W

Darger HQ W

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center W

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center W

DiverseWorks W

DiverseWorks W

DiverseWorks W

DiverseWorks W

Eyebeam W

Eyebeam W

FD13 Residency W

FD13 Residency W

Franklin Furnace Archive W

Handwerker Gallery W

Handwerker Gallery W

Handwerker Gallery W

Houston Center for Photography W

ISSUE Project Room W

ISSUE Project Room W

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania W

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania W

Jacob Lawrence Gallery W

Jacob Lawrence Gallery W

LAXART W

LAXART W

Light Industry Cinema Projects W

Light Industry Cinema Projects W

Locust Projects W

Locust Projects W

MINT W

Omaha Creative Institute W

Open Space W

Open Space W

Open Space W

Participant Inc W

Participant Inc W

Primary Information W

Primary Information W

Primary Information W

Recess W

Recess W

Recess W

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center W

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center W

Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art W

Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art W

The Artist's Institute W

The Artist's Institute W

The Lab W

The Lab W

The Lab W

The Lab W

The Lab W

The Soap Factory W

The Soap Factory W

Threewalls W

Threewalls W

Transformer W

Transformer W

Triple Canopy W

Triple Canopy W

Triple Canopy W

Triple Canopy W

University of Maryland Art Gallery W

Vera List Center for Art and Politics W

Vera List Center for Art and Politics W

Washington Project for the Arts W

Washington Project for the Arts W

Washington Project for the Arts W

Wave Pool W

Wave Pool W

Yale Union W

Yale Union W

c3:initiative W

c3:initiative W

Previously Certified

Alliance of Artists Communities W

ArtBridge W

Artspace New Haven W

Clockshop W

Culture Push, Inc. W

Jonah Bokaer Choreography W

Light Industry Cinema Projects W

Machine Project W

No Longer Empty W

Side Street Projects W

Southern Exposure W

Weavers Guild of Minnesota W