Policy on Paying Artists


Holy Show currently pays artists (issue 02) fees ranging between €150 and €300 for contributions. 

  • We pay performers a minimum of €200 for performance on venue or festival stages (as of 2020) and cover the cost of travel and overnight accommodation where work necessitates it.  
  • We pay a fee of €100 for contribution to launch events. 
  • Our fee structure will be revised for issue 03 dependent on funding.  

The above fees should be taken as the minimum we pay for these jobs. We respect every artist's right to negotiate upwards on any fee offered.

All payments are made within 30 days of receipt of an invoice that can be submitted alongside the submission of commissioned or requested work.

We cover the cost of travel where the writer is travelling outside their county of residence. We also cover accommodation where the length of travel involved and/or the start time of the event necessitates it.

We are upfront about the fees from the first email or phonecall re. an offer of work.

We ensure that the initial communication reflects the full scope of what an artist is expected and required to deliver, including details of any video or audio recordings that will be made of the event.

We aim to anticipate VAT charged by writers and accommodate this where our budget allows.

We ensure writers fees are ringfenced within our budget so that fees are protected if overruns occur in other areas.

We ensure that writers copyright is respected, both in terms of moral and economic rights.

We believe in the importance of transparency on matters of pay and working conditions, and that sharing this information publicly is to the benefit of all writers.

Much of the language in the above is borrowed from the Arts Council’s Paying the Artist Policy document whose principles we align ourselves with.