In a previous blog post back in November, 2015, I wrote about the efforts of CARFAC, a non-profit group representing the interests of visual artists to help bring the Artist’s Resale Right to Canada.
I very much support this initiative and have committed to diverting a portion of all original art sales toward a payment of resale royalty. The CARFAC proposal has not yet become law in Canada but they have proposed an amount of 5% of sales over $1,000 be remitted back to the original artist.
The resale royalty is intended to apply to larger galleries or auction houses and sales of original art at WithAPast, at least for the time being, are quite unlikely to reach the $1,000 threshold. I think it's important though to follow through with this commitment, recognizing that 5-10% of original art sales through WithAPast, is really just a token.
I've consulted with a number of people and organizations representing artists and the artistic community, and the advise I've been given consistently is to donate the small amount of funds I've set aside from art sales, to a charity of my choosing. So, for the short term, I'm going to do just that. And for anyone who is interested, I'll list the various charities selected to be the recipients of these small donations.
In June, 2019 I'll be donating the amount of $89.00 to the YWCA Hamilton's Walk A Mile In Her Shoes fundraiser, in support of Women in their Transitional Living Program.