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March 2023

Equitable Artist Pay

What are the pay standards for performing artists? How do we determine an equitable rate of artist pay? As part of Bridge Live Arts’ ongoing Public Dialogue series, Money in the Arts: Pathways to Equity, we will host a special conversation around questions related to equitable artist pay at the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) in San Francisco.

Equitable Artist Pay is also in response to Bridge Live Arts’ 2022 Pay Equity Survey, which found that arts organizations’ financial information is largely inaccessible to the public. With support from co-facilitators Mason J. and artist and advocate Hope Mohr, this event makes space for collective healing and action as we build community-centered knowledge and best practices.

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Equitable Artist Pay Visual Recording by visual scribe Far Ali. Recorded on March 10th, 2023 at Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST) in San Francisco, CA.


MASON J. (he/they) is a Mission born, Fillmore raised Lambda Literary awarded Blaxican-Indigenous Mexican and Sephardic Jewish Writer, Photographer, Historian, and Bisexual Two-Spirit transmasc conjuring in Yelamu on occupied Ohlone Land. While Mason has worn many hats in the past, they now work as Wordkeeper, disability justice organizer, housing advocate, public health nerd, nightlifer, and interim Executive Director of RADAR Productions.

They serve on the GLBT Historical Society, Still Here SF, and Dandelion advisory boards, and have collaborated with Foglifter Press, VONA Voices, Berkeley Arts Center, BAMFA, Transgender Cultural District, LYRIC, Rainbow Community Center, Project OpenHouse, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, UC Berkeley, UCSF, Cornell University, SF City & County, @lgbt_history, and served as SFPL's James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center fellow 2017-2019.


Hope Mohr (she/her), has woven artmaking and activism for decades as a choreographer, writer, curator, and advocate. She is the founder and an outgoing Co-Director of Bridge Live Arts. Passionate about both social justice and dance, Mohr earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Human Rights Fellow. Currently, as a Fellow with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, she provides legal support to artists and arts organizations in furtherance of a more equitable field. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Nonprofit Democracy Network, was part of the Creating New Futures' Contracts Working Group, and co-authored Creating New Futures' "Notes toward Equitable Funding." Her book, "Shifting Cultural Power: Questions and Case Studies in Performance," is out now from the National Center for Choreography.


Visual Scribe

Far Ali is a San Francisco Bay Area based graphic facilitator, recorder, and visual scribe who loves helping to visualize change. Trained by Grove Consultants, Far hopes to further communities' ability to experience what is possible as we collectively dream and reset into a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. They bring over twenty years experience as a leadership cultivator, facilitator, and deep listener to their practice of visual scribing. Learn more

Program History

  • MAR 10, 2023: Public Dialogue on Equitable Artist Pay
    F​​acilitated by Mason J. and Hope Mohr. Documented by visual scribe Far Ali. 
    Community Arts Stabilization Trust CAST, 447 Minna St, San Francisco

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