Your Work, Your Rights, Your Fees

with Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte
November 4, 2021 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | ZOOM  

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Please note: Participation is limited to current SCA students unless otherwise noted and priority will be given to participants in the Art Skills program. If space is available, recent SCA graduates may also attend. Presented as part of the SCA Fall Professional Practice Series.

What you need to know to build a positive relationship with arts presenters ~

Advocating for your rights as an artist can be an intimidating experience at any career stage. It’s easy for emerging artists to feel like presenters are doing them a favour by showing their work, and to look the other way when something doesn’t seem right. In reality, presenters are more like collaborators with whom to develop a positive – and reciprocal – working relationship. In this process, it’s important to make sure that you are getting paid properly and that your terms and conditions are respected.

This workshop will provide an overview of your rights as an artist and explain how you can advocate for them. You will gain practical knowledge of key elements that will help you navigate the artist-presenter relationship, including:

  • Getting paid for your work
  • Understanding artists’ fees
  • Copyright basics
  • Consideration for online presentation
  • Negotiating your conditions
  • How to read a contract


Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (SFU) and is currently completing a PhD in Communication at SFU. Her research focuses on interactions between cultural policy and artist-run visual and media arts organizations. She has worked as lead researcher/consultant on various sectoral and community consultation projects commissioned by visual and media arts service organizations including IMAA, ARCA, and CARFAC. She has served on the boards of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (BC) and VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver) and is currently a board member of Aphotic Theatre (Vancouver). Mariane has exhibited artistic and curatorial projects across Canada and has contributed texts to several artistic and scholarly publications. She has taught at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and School of Communication and at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)

With Financial Support from

SFU Community Engagement Initiative Grant


Canada Council for the Arts

Events in the Series

November 1, 3, 5 | Create a Portfolio Website: A Three Part Series with Shion Skye Carter (three parts, two time options)

November 4 | Your Work, Your Rights, Your Fees with Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

November 5 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Grad students)

November 12 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Undergrad students)

November 18 | The Value of the Collective: Interdependence as Methodology with Nya Lewis

November 19 | Creative Money with Chris Ens

November 25 | Effective Presentations with Sarah Louise Turner

About Art Skills

Art Skills combines mutual support and training to create collaboration between contemporary arts students, community partners and SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, providing real world experience and skills development. A Fall SCA Professional Practice series offers additional learning opportunities for students to gain skills they can practice hands-on in  internships, practicums and field placements. At the end of the project, students will share what they have learned by participating in a Community Skills Share. The goal of this project is to create a legacy that can support future students. 

Supported by SFU Work Integrated Learning and SFU School for the Contemporary Arts through the CEWIL iHub program, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative (I-WIL).

November 04, 2021