How To Negotiate With Arts Organizations, Feat. Don Draper

Why is it that so many arts organizations claiming to “support the arts” never seem to have any “support” for the artists? Don Draper offers us some advice on how to negotiate with arts organizations.

I’ll mail out a free book and stickers to anyone that BCC’s me (evan[at] on a negotiation email with an arts organization in which you use the phrase, “what do you want me to do, it’s my profession?” Extra gold star if you use the phrase “I think you wouldn’t be in the presidential suite right now if you worked for free.”* (Feel free to use the images below as attachments.) Don Draper’em!

* Must be actual artist fee negotiation email with real arts organization. All information will be kept confidential.
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