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Creating a Living: Artist’s Resale Right panel discussion
As part of a series of talks stemming from the International Authors Forum’s (IAF) Creating a Living report, artists and representatives from visual artists’ organizations spoke about the importance of Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) in their countries at the Creating a Living: Artist’s Resale Right event, including Artist Rights Society’s very own Janet Hicks.
Janet Hicks discussed how the US does not have a resale right, despite being one of the largest art markets worldwide. She presented findings of a March 2021 study by Americans for the Arts which outline the impact the Covid-19 crisis has had on artists, while highlighting the fact that through the crisis 95% of artists reported a loss of income and 63% became fully unemployed. Janet also gave an update on the ongoing campaign for ARR legislation in the US; from 2015-2021, the American Royalties Too Act (ART) was introduced, but its support will need to re-organise for the new political environment in the US.