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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, “this is my profession, what do you want me to do?” 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.


  1. tttttbx says:


  2. jamie dubs says:

    Pimpin ain’t easy

  3. Geraldine says:

    Can i get another prize? I’ll probably will win.

  4. ARAM says:

    hahaha … love it!

  5. ARAM says:

    moma and tate, haha. yes these guys are def. in the presidential suite …

  6. josh says:

    but in all seriousness, how do you negotiate with arts organizations for funding?

  7. Jerry says:

    i WIN! This Festival Transitio totally didn’t want to pay me for months and i end up in Jerry style talking with a big art boss saying “Que quieres que haga? Es mi trabajo!”.. Need to send them also a format letter that i will CC you. Does it count in spanish?!

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