In addition to paying fees meeting W.A.G.E. standards, a W.A.G.E. Certified institution must also meet the following requirements:


Basic Programming Costs and Services

An artist fee is distinct and separate from basic programming costs and services. Basic programming costs are the costs associated with the basic requirements of mounting programs as defined by the organization's mission and are irrespective of specific content. These basic requirements also constitute the basic programming services an organization must provide to artists in mounting programs. The provision of basic programming costs and services are required for W.A.G.E. Certification and include:


      • Provision of exhibition, performance, or projection space
      • Preparation of exhibition, performance, or projection space for the program
      • Shipping and insurance costs when necessary
      • Presentation infrastructure, including display equipment, exhibition furniture and lighting
      • Documentation of exhibition or event
      • Promotion of exhibition or event
      • Travel and accommodation when necessary
      • Obtaining and paying for image rights for commissioned and existing texts

Criteria for organizations supporting non-material practices that are not exhibition or program-based, and whose presentation or execution does not utilize physical space can be accommodated. Please contact us directly.


Production Costs 

Production costs are also distinct and separate from basic programming costs and services, and from investments an organization may make in display equipment or exhibition furniture in conjunction with the presentation of a specific program when these remain the property of the organization for future use. The organization may negotiate reimbursement of production expenses if the work is sold subsequent to exhibition. Production costs may include (but are not limited to):


    • Fabrication of work
    • Specialized installation expenses above and beyond basic programming costs and services
    • Studio rental
    • Equipment rental
    • Subcontracted labor by graphic designers, fabricators, performers, lighting designers, etc.

The coverage of production costs by the organization is not required for W.A.G.E. Certification. However, W.A.G.E. Certified organizations may not reduce or omit artist fees in connection with the coverage of production costs. Production costs and artist fees must constitute their own separate and distinct line items in exhibition and operating budgets.