by Kathy Beekman, Art Career Coach and Professional Artist
At times, an artist will be asked if they will create something specific to the needs of an art collector. A professional artist will make sure that a written agreement is involved.
Written agreements, otherwise known as contracts, ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the commission. Here are a few things that should be included:
1. the date the project will start
2. the date the project will be completed
3. what will be created with details
4. when payment is due and how it will be accepted
These are the most important details that should be included in the agreement. There are other things that should be included but these are the biggies. Feel silly giving an art collector an agreement to look over? Don't feel this way. You want to appear as a professional and this is one way that you can do this.
Be sure that the agreement works to the benefit of both of you. If the other party would like to pay in three installments rather than two, can you make this happen for them? If they were hoping to have the project completed two weeks earlier than you planned will they accept a rush charge?
Remember, this is just business. If you and the collector can't come to an agreement then move on. Other business is sure to come your way.
Need help drawing up an agreement? I'm here to help. Feel free to contact me through the ArtCoaching for You website www.artcoachingforyou.com .