A Contract Manifesto
ARTISTS: Contrast Arts Assembly
How can artist contracts be a tool for shaping the worlds we want to inhabit?
Our different approach to contracts stems from our desire for artists to claim their positioning, live in equitable practice, and be empowered in their pursuit of fair pay, healthy work relations, and their rights. In our intervention, we envision the contract, which has a history of acting as an instrument of dispossession and exclusion, to be a tool for shaping the worlds we want to inhabit. We present A Contract Manifesto: a document in which we share highlights from our research and conversations with musicians, artists, arts workers, and legal experts. Formulated as a contract in itself, we invite readers into a relationship with us. Contrast Arts Assembly is Avia Allen and michelle corinne liu.
We are working to create a contract builder based on our research. It’s a tool for artists to draft their own contract agreements, in their own language, using clauses that communicate their needs and rights. We aim for the contract builder to be similar to a WordPress block-builder editor, for artists to come and use it to draft their own agreements in language that is accessible, empowering and fair.