What is a living wage for an artist?

I’ve been having conversations lately about compensation, support for the arts, the value of the arts, and other such subjects. For me it’s really helpful to think about how to put real numbers onto what we do. So I’ve started asking people what it would mean to make a “living wage” as an artist.

Obviously this is dependent on how old you are, whether you’re single or have a family, where you live and other variables.

But I’d be so curious to know what that phrase means to you – please write me (aaron@thinaar.com), or leave a comment here to let me know what you think.

Remember – this does not have to be income entirely derived from art-making or art-doing. But what would it cost you, as an artist, to live decently where you live.