Believe it or not, we artists pay to create and show our art. We invest a lot of money in education, hardware, software, licenses, internet, hosting, instruments, cameras, ink, paper, cassettes, cds, vinyl, food, a place to live, atelier, studio, rehearsal rooms… the list is too long. I gave up on having an atelier or a rehearsal room long time ago, my atelier is outdoors an my music studio at home. But I still have to pay licenses, hosting, supplies, food, rental, education loan and other basic services.
Translated in money it means that I need a monthly income of 1700€ (20400€ for a whole year). I do have 2020 covered, this fundraising is to cover next year.
We all face a global crisis and we all should be rethinking how to make a better and fair world for everybody. After more than 30 years working on my art, I don’t expect the actual system to value my work anymore. This system has failed us all. That is why I choose a different approach this time. I’m not into art because I want to get rich and famous, I do it because it’s what feels right, what I like, what I enjoy, my call. Like thousands of other artists, I’ve been working on my art for more than 30 years as an unpaid work. The system is build in a way that we the artists need to have at least two jobs.
What about changing the system together?