Artist Compensation Policy


Southern Exposure is committed to providing WAGE-standard stipends to all artists presenting projects, performing, and participating in exhibitions or public programs. We have provided $635,000 in major grants over 10 years to 165 artist-run projects in the Bay Area through our Alternative Exposure grants. We compensate youth artists and teaching artists in four of our Artists in Education Program. Our One-on-One Youth Mentorship program is the exception as it follows field-wide guidelines that asks mentors to take on that role as enthusiastic volunteers. All but one fundraising initiative – our Monster Drawing Rally, which asks artists to donate an hour of their time – offer compensation in the form of stipends or commissions. Our auction commission rates have increased each year for three years; we distributed over $34,500 in commissions in 2017. We continually review our compensation practices and welcome the community's feedback.