Record number of artists receive Payback from DACS
December 2011 saw a record 14,500 visual artists enjoy a share of £4.4 million in Payback royalties through DACS.
A total of 328 AIR members have received royalties through Payback 2011. The annual service provided by DACS distributes royalties to visual artists whose work has been reproduced in UK books and magazines, and on certain UK television channels.
Overall, the types of claimant were:
- Photographer (77.7%)
- Illustrator (9.03%)
- Cartoonist (2.00%)
- Fine Artist (5.92%)
- Designer (1.71%)
- Sculptor (0.89%)
- Craftsperson (1.51%)
- Architect (0.06%)
- Other (1.12%)
The maximum amount of money received for publication claims was £1,057, the average £285 and the mimimum £25.
Nicolas Watkins-Wright, Payback Manager at DACS said: "More artists have claimed Payback than ever before. 2011 was a tough year for visual artists financially and these royalties can go some way to helping artists sustain their practice in a difficult climate."
Payback royalties come from revenue generated through UK collective licensing schemes including the photocopying of books and magazines by local government departments, universities and other businesses. Collective licensing is used in situations where it would be difficult or near impossible for visual artists to licence their rights on an individual basis, for example, when a business wishes to photocopy a page of a book which features their work.
Photographer and Payback claimant, Indré Serpytyte said: "It was a photographer friend of mine who recommended that I claim Payback. I didn't believe her when she told me about it but then I checked it out for myself. I've claimed Payback for three years now. For me it is not just about the royalties but also the recognition."
Artist and AIR Council member Annabel Tilley said: "It is such a fantastic scheme, and something more artists need to be aware of. I find the whole process is incredibly easy and intuitive. Above all else, you don't need to keep re-entering information year after year! The money I have received has helped pay for essential materials."
DACS' Payback campaign runs from July to September each year. It is during this period that visual artists can submit their claim for a share of royalties. Each December DACS distributes Payback royalties to successful claimants - just in time for Christmas!
The next Payback campaign will launch in July 2012. Visual artists who wish to claim Payback for the first time this year can register their details with DACS: firstname.lastname@example.org
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First published: a-n.co.uk January 2012
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