Match in the Dark is developing a practical, public document that will outline new minimum rates for a wide variety of jobs and gigs that writers undertake. Led by an advisory panel of profession writers, it will set out what writers’ believe to be fair pay for fair work. It will also list a number of additional issues that can’t be solved in a single document, but which should be considered and ultimately addressed by larger stakeholders in the sector.
Our document will also make a case for pay transparency – that any arts organisation in receipt public funding should be transparent about the minimum fees they pay writers and artists. It will propose simple steps that literature and arts organisations can take to make artists pay more transparent, and in so doing, benefit the financial lot of the writers and artists they serve. A public campaign will begin later in 2022.
We can all acknowledge that writers and artists are among the poorest and worst paid professionals in society, and that the above activities won't change artists pay overnight. We know it takes time, aditional funding and new policies to bring about increased fees. These activities will be carried out in consultancy with leaders and employers in the sector. Our documents and activities, we hope, will give arts organisations the permission to ask for more on behalf of their wirters and artists. We want literature and arts organisations to be allowed to prioritize increasing artist's pay before increasing arts programming.