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Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

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I have to say I agree with Sita - as a festival organiser aimed at community engagement and education (our event is free to attend and funded through grants and sponsorship) we get a lot of approaches from performers which we almost universally have to turn down because the costs are simply prohibitive. That doesn't justify exploitative fees but it's a tough balancing act and in the end, for us, it just means we miss out on potentially good content.

The original note suggesting "profiteering" from a £3k turnover event does come across as a bit naïve of the costs involved I'm sorry to say (although that is making several assumptions so I would be happy to be proved wrong). Depending on the scale of the event, £3k doesn't go very far at all!

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Dear All,
As someone who runs a small festival with a science strand I can tell you that the costs of putting on an event are much higher than you think.
We have to cover
PR and Marketing
Venue Hire
Box Office
Stage Management and Setting
Health and Safety
Insurance
Stewards and Volunteer expenses
Project Management of the event

In addition to speakers/ performers fees and expenses.

Also, when we programme events we look at some events helping to make some money that goes towards supporting free activity which allows those that are from low income backgrounds can take part. This means that we need to have one or two events that help to support this. So what might appear to you as you being ripped off (though £150 sounds a bit mean to me) may not be quite the case.
I guess it depends if you're a commercial operation or charity. I can assure you we don't 'make money' from the festival and I personally have to help support the festival financially. There are people that think we make a fortune because of the number of people who attend. If you looked at the books you would see that this is in fact not the case.

Sita Brand
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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:51:12 +0100
From:    "Wiseman, Richard" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Good morning

I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.

Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may want to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for example, they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or were trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.

And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.

It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.

Any thoughts?

Best

Richard


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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:59:59 +0100
From:    John Bibby <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

This seems reasonable. However, is a bald 25% correct?  I would suggest
some upper and lower barriers e.g. 20% with a minimum of £x plus expenses
of up to £y, and a maximum of £z.  After all, the organisers will have
overheads and have taken financial risks to make the invitation possible.
And some events will make a loss, so cross-subsidies are called for. (Do we
want the big names to swamp out newbies?)

JOHN BIBBY

On 7 April 2015 at 10:51, Wiseman, Richard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Good morning
>
> I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a
> speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help
> stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to
> adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.
>
> Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of
> the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may
> want to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for
> example, they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or
> were trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.
>
> And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where
> people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.
>
> It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by
> not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Best
>
> Richard
>
>
> Prof Richard Wiseman
> Psychology Department
> University of Hertfordshire
> Mob: 077 90905219
> www.richardwiseman.com
>
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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:56:03 +0100
From:    Wynn Abbott <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi Richard,

There's no such performer's charter that I'm aware of.  Personally, I've compared notes with other festival managers when negotiating fees to try for some consistency because we talk to some of the same speakers - but not all science festivals have exactly the same pressures to consider when negotiating fees.

For example - you state below that this event will sell 300 tickets at £10, make a tidy profit (£3,000 being gross takings not profit), and the fee is therefore an insult...

...but, if you take into account the cost of the venue - especially in London and other big cities where an average venue could easily cost £3,000-5,000 for an evening event (not even a full day) - then take into account speaker fees (plus hotel + travel where applicable), staff costs (management and stewarding), marketing, insurance, ticketing costs etc. etc.  it's a miracle that any profit would be made at all on an event this size, on ticketing alone.

...

Looking at this from another perspective - some speakers charge such huge fees and ask for unaffordable terms that they price themselves out of engaging the public in science at science festivals, and they are seeking huge profits: £10,000-£30,000+ per appearance in some cases.

Best,


Wynn



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Subject: [PSCI-COM] Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Good morning

I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.

Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may want to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for example, they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or were trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.

And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.

It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.

Any thoughts?

Best

Richard


Prof Richard Wiseman
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Mob: 077 90905219
www.richardwiseman.com

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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:03:39 +0100
From:    Ian B Dunne <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi All

I've had this myself, many of the festivals are fair but there are a
couple where they do seem to take the micky, a total of audience of a
1000 and they will try and pay the performer ( who in my case makes my
living doing it)  less than than 30p per head, while charging £10 or
more per ticket.

But they will have a floor manager, an av guy or two, room managers and
a whole host of others too who presumably get paid, then volunteers and
the admin people too. They do have over heads but, come on now........

The normal reasoning that gets given is it will be "good for business",
I'm not convinced by that argument at all, since in my experience
bookings off the back of these type of performances are rare.

The most irritating are the ones who ask you to give up your time
(normally at the peak time of year) for free, when you just know
somebody is getting a salary.

All the best


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On 07/04/2015 10:59, John Bibby wrote:
> This seems reasonable. However, is a bald 25% correct?  I would
> suggest some upper and lower barriers e.g. 20% with a minimum of £x 
> plus expenses of up to £y, and a maximum of £z.  After all, the
> organisers will have overheads and have taken financial risks to make
> the invitation possible. And some events will make a loss, so
> cross-subsidies are called for. (Do we want the big names to swamp out
> newbies?)
>
> JOHN BIBBY
>
> On 7 April 2015 at 10:51, Wiseman, Richard <[log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>     Good morning
>
>     I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to
>     pay a speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10
>     each!  To help stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be
>     great for Festivals to adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal
>     fees for performers.
>
>     Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum
>     of 25% of the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some
>     performers may want to negotiate more, and others may wish to
>     decline the fee (if, for example, they thought that speaking at
>     the event was part of their job, or were trying out new material),
>     but this would be the performer's choice.
>
>     And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels,
>     events where people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.
>
>     It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best
>     practice by not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the
>     Charter.
>
>     Any thoughts?
>
>     Best
>
>     Richard
>
>
>     Prof Richard Wiseman
>     Psychology Department
>     University of Hertfordshire
>     Mob: 077 90905219 <tel:077%2090905219>
>     www.richardwiseman.com <http://www.richardwiseman.com>
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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:22:21 +0100
From:    Simon Watt <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi folks,
A charter sounds like an interesting idea.  It would lead to a good level of transparency.
To be honest, I am unsure what fair rates are in any case and used to base most of my costings etc on this now out of date page from the British Interactive Group.
http://www.big.uk.com/page-763371
I would suggest that we have an open conversation to discuss what are reasonable pay for all aspects of our industry.  A blind survey like this might be useful and I know I would be willing to take part.  Would anyone else be interested?
All the bestSimon
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> Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:56:03 +0100
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?
> To: [log in to unmask]
>
> Hi Richard,
>
> There's no such performer's charter that I'm aware of.  Personally, I've compared notes with other festival managers when negotiating fees to try for some consistency because we talk to some of the same speakers - but not all science festivals have exactly the same pressures to consider when negotiating fees.
>
> For example - you state below that this event will sell 300 tickets at £10, make a tidy profit (£3,000 being gross takings not profit), and the fee is therefore an insult...
>
> ...but, if you take into account the cost of the venue - especially in London and other big cities where an average venue could easily cost £3,000-5,000 for an evening event (not even a full day) - then take into account speaker fees (plus hotel + travel where applicable), staff costs (management and stewarding), marketing, insurance, ticketing costs etc. etc.  it's a miracle that any profit would be made at all on an event this size, on ticketing alone.
>
> ...
>
> Looking at this from another perspective - some speakers charge such huge fees and ask for unaffordable terms that they price themselves out of engaging the public in science at science festivals, and they are seeking huge profits: £10,000-£30,000+ per appearance in some cases.
>
> Best,
>
>
> Wynn
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: psci-com: on public engagement with science [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Wiseman, Richard
> Sent: 07 April 2015 10:51
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [PSCI-COM] Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?
>
> Good morning
>
> I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.
>
> Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may want to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for example, they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or were trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.
>
> And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.
>
> It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Best
>
> Richard
>
>
> Prof Richard Wiseman
> Psychology Department
> University of Hertfordshire
> Mob: 077 90905219
> www.richardwiseman.com
>
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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:43:35 +0100
From:    "Wiseman, Richard" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi Wynn,
Thanks. Yes, I appreciate that there are significant costs to putting on live events, but if one can't turn some kind of profit from 75% of the door (plus sponsorship sometimes) then the simple truth is that maybe the event just can't run.  Or, at the very least, perhaps there should be announcement at the start saying that the only reason the event exists is because the performer has agreed to work for free/very little.

Cheers
Richard


Prof Richard Wiseman
Psychology Department
University of Hertfordshire
Mob: 077 90905219
www.richardwiseman.com
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From: psci-com: on public engagement with science [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Wynn Abbott [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 07 April 2015 11:56
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi Richard,

There's no such performer's charter that I'm aware of.  Personally, I've compared notes with other festival managers when negotiating fees to try for some consistency because we talk to some of the same speakers - but not all science festivals have exactly the same pressures to consider when negotiating fees.

For example - you state below that this event will sell 300 tickets at £10, make a tidy profit (£3,000 being gross takings not profit), and the fee is therefore an insult...

...but, if you take into account the cost of the venue - especially in London and other big cities where an average venue could easily cost £3,000-5,000 for an evening event (not even a full day) - then take into account speaker fees (plus hotel + travel where applicable), staff costs (management and stewarding), marketing, insurance, ticketing costs etc. etc.  it's a miracle that any profit would be made at all on an event this size, on ticketing alone.

...

Looking at this from another perspective - some speakers charge such huge fees and ask for unaffordable terms that they price themselves out of engaging the public in science at science festivals, and they are seeking huge profits: £10,000-£30,000+ per appearance in some cases.

Best,


Wynn



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Sent: 07 April 2015 10:51
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [PSCI-COM] Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Good morning

I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.

Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may want to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for example, they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or were trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.

And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.

It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.

Any thoughts?

Best

Richard


Prof Richard Wiseman
Psychology Department
University of Hertfordshire
Mob: 077 90905219
www.richardwiseman.com

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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:58:14 +0100
From:    Richard Ellam <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Dear All

I’m not sure that demanding a fixed percentage of the door is such a good idea. I think what is actually needed is transparency from the organisers about the budget for each gig and for the overall event. On the face of it being offered £150 for making a presentation that you’ve presumably either done before or expect to do again is not a spectacularly poor deal, particularly if you can negotiate expenses on top of this. If actually turning up and doing the gig takes a couple of hours net of travelling then you’ll be getting about £75 an hour which is rather better than 10x the minimum wage, and I’m not sure that complaining about this will (or should) get you much sympathy.

Dom’t forget that science festivals have to cover all their costs to survive: if you are a big enough name to attract an audience of 500-1000 paying a tenner each to hear you, and your gig sells out, then you’re going to bring in £30k to the festival’s coffers. That money has to pay all the costs of your gig, (including your whack) and to contribute to the costs of organising the rest of the festival, too. Part the income that the ‘headline acts’ generate will go to funding the smaller, possibly undersubscribed, events at the festival where less well-known presenters (who probably need the £150 plus expenses rather more than a big name who can fill a 1000 seat auditorium) will have interesting, not to say important, things to say to much smaller audiences.  The income your name generates may also go towards funding schools events and free family events, all of which are surely at least as important as hearing some big name presenter in the effort to communicate science as widely as possible.

Yes, its worth asking (nicely) why you’re only being offered £150 to speak, and with any luck the Festival organisers will have the decency to be open about the finances of the whole event and will be able to demonstrate that they are making you the best offer they reasonably can consistent with the long term financial viability of the festival. One would also hope that the organisers would offer a flat fee for speakers, so that whether you are the Astronomer Royal or a fresh faced, eager post-doc your contributions are all valued equally.


Hope this helps

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On 7 Apr 2015, at 10:51, Wiseman, Richard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Good morning
>
> I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.
>
> Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may want to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for example, they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or were trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.
>
> And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.
>
> It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Best
>
> Richard
>
>
> Prof Richard Wiseman
> Psychology Department
> University of Hertfordshire
> Mob: 077 90905219
> www.richardwiseman.com
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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:31:38 +0100
From:    "Wiseman, Richard" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi Richard
Thanks. As I think I said before, if Festivals can't turn a profit on 75% of the door then I would be surprised. It's a good point re their profit (sometimes) going to support school science shows, but at that point the performer and audience are essentially at a fund raiser. Again, I think that should be made clear in advertising and announcements, etc.
The other side of this is that audiences usually have no idea that performers are often being paid so little, and may not realise that so much of the ticket price is going to the Festival.
Cheers
Richard


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Dear All

I’m not sure that demanding a fixed percentage of the door is such a good idea. I think what is actually needed is transparency from the organisers about the budget for each gig and for the overall event. On the face of it being offered £150 for making a presentation that you’ve presumably either done before or expect to do again is not a spectacularly poor deal, particularly if you can negotiate expenses on top of this. If actually turning up and doing the gig takes a couple of hours net of travelling then you’ll be getting about £75 an hour which is rather better than 10x the minimum wage, and I’m not sure that complaining about this will (or should) get you much sympathy.

Dom’t forget that science festivals have to cover all their costs to survive: if you are a big enough name to attract an audience of 500-1000 paying a tenner each to hear you, and your gig sells out, then you’re going to bring in £30k to the festival’s coffers. That money has to pay all the costs of your gig, (including your whack) and to contribute to the costs of organising the rest of the festival, too. Part the income that the ‘headline acts’ generate will go to funding the smaller, possibly undersubscribed, events at the festival where less well-known presenters (who probably need the £150 plus expenses rather more than a big name who can fill a 1000 seat auditorium) will have interesting, not to say important, things to say to much smaller audiences.  The income your name generates may also go towards funding schools events and free family events, all of which are surely at least as important as hearing some big name presenter in the effort to communicate science as widely as possible.

Yes, its worth asking (nicely) why you’re only being offered £150 to speak, and with any luck the Festival organisers will have the decency to be open about the finances of the whole event and will be able to demonstrate that they are making you the best offer they reasonably can consistent with the long term financial viability of the festival. One would also hope that the organisers would offer a flat fee for speakers, so that whether you are the Astronomer Royal or a fresh faced, eager post-doc your contributions are all valued equally.


Hope this helps

Richard.


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On 7 Apr 2015, at 10:51, Wiseman, Richard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Good morning
>
> I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help stop this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to adopt a Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.
>
> Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may want to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for example, they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or were trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.
>
> And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.
>
> It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Best
>
> Richard
>
>
> Prof Richard Wiseman
> Psychology Department
> University of Hertfordshire
> Mob: 077 90905219
> www.richardwiseman.com
>
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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:30:30 +0100
From:    Wynn Abbott <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi Richard,

I'm sure this discussion could go on all day - just to add to the mix...
speakers are often doing the science festival circuit as an obligatory part
of their salaried day job (especially academics who are paid to research
science and engage the public in science - which is also increasingly seen
as part of scientists' standard terms of employment?) i.e. they receive
payment via their employer/research institute (and the funding bodies
involved at that end) on top of any agreed fee from the festival... also,
speakers and their publishers include science festivals in book tours i.e.
they are communicating science, and marketing publications for profit at the
same time.

Who should be paying who is not always entirely clear.  We have to find a
compromise somewhere in the middle a lot of the time.

I'm not sure how this standardisation would take account of this multitude
of factors that go into each negotiation - beyond what is already covered
legally by minimum wage.

Best,


Wynn


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Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Hi Richard
Thanks. As I think I said before, if Festivals can't turn a profit on 75% of
the door then I would be surprised. It's a good point re their profit
(sometimes) going to support school science shows, but at that point the
performer and audience are essentially at a fund raiser. Again, I think that
should be made clear in advertising and announcements, etc.
The other side of this is that audiences usually have no idea that
performers are often being paid so little, and may not realise that so much
of the ticket price is going to the Festival.
Cheers
Richard


Prof Richard Wiseman
Psychology Department
University of Hertfordshire
Mob: 077 90905219
www.richardwiseman.com
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On Behalf Of Richard Ellam [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 07 April 2015 12:58
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [PSCI-COM] Performer's Charter for Science Festivals?

Dear All

I’m not sure that demanding a fixed percentage of the door is such a good
idea. I think what is actually needed is transparency from the organisers
about the budget for each gig and for the overall event. On the face of it
being offered £150 for making a presentation that you’ve presumably either
done before or expect to do again is not a spectacularly poor deal,
particularly if you can negotiate expenses on top of this. If actually
turning up and doing the gig takes a couple of hours net of travelling then
you’ll be getting about £75 an hour which is rather better than 10x the
minimum wage, and I’m not sure that complaining about this will (or should)
get you much sympathy.

Dom’t forget that science festivals have to cover all their costs to
survive: if you are a big enough name to attract an audience of 500-1000
paying a tenner each to hear you, and your gig sells out, then you’re going
to bring in £30k to the festival’s coffers. That money has to pay all the
costs of your gig, (including your whack) and to contribute to the costs of
organising the rest of the festival, too. Part the income that the ‘headline
acts’ generate will go to funding the smaller, possibly undersubscribed,
events at the festival where less well-known presenters (who probably need
the £150 plus expenses rather more than a big name who can fill a 1000 seat
auditorium) will have interesting, not to say important, things to say to
much smaller audiences.  The income your name generates may also go towards
funding schools events and free family events, all of which are surely at
least as important as hearing some big name presenter in the effort to
communicate science as widely as possible.

Yes, its worth asking (nicely) why you’re only being offered £150 to speak,
and with any luck the Festival organisers will have the decency to be open
about the finances of the whole event and will be able to demonstrate that
they are making you the best offer they reasonably can consistent with the
long term financial viability of the festival. One would also hope that the
organisers would offer a flat fee for speakers, so that whether you are the
Astronomer Royal or a fresh faced, eager post-doc your contributions are all
valued equally.


Hope this helps

Richard.


Richard Ellam
L M Interactive
Science Shows and Hands-On Stuff
[log in to unmask]
www.lminteractive.co.uk

On 7 Apr 2015, at 10:51, Wiseman, Richard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Good morning
>
> I have just heard about another big Science Festival offering to pay a
speaker £150 whilst expecting to sell 300 tickets at £10 each!  To help stop
this kind of profiteering I think it would be great for Festivals to adopt a
Charter that guarantees minimal fees for performers.
>
> Basically, they would agree to always offer performers a minimum of 25% of
the door, plus travel and accommodation. Obviously, some performers may want
to negotiate more, and others may wish to decline the fee (if, for example,
they thought that speaking at the event was part of their job, or were
trying out new material), but this would be the performer's choice.
>
> And the code would only apply to solo talks, and not panels, events where
people were only doing a few mins, or fund raisers.
>
> It would be great if funders and sponsors encouraged this best practice by
not supporting festivals that didn't sign up for the Charter.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Best
>
> Richard
>
>
> Prof Richard Wiseman
> Psychology Department
> University of Hertfordshire
> Mob: 077 90905219
> www.richardwiseman.com
>
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Date:    Tue, 7 Apr 2015 15:25:16 +0200
From:    Barbara Ferreira <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [Job, Munich] Science Policy Fellow at European Geosciences Union (deadline 3 May)

Dear all,

We have now opened a second call for applications for a science-policy job
at the Executive Office of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), in Munich,
Germany.

The details are below and online at
http://www.egu.eu/news/141/job-opportunity-at-the-egu-executive-office-science-policy-fellow/.
The E13 TV-L pay scale means that the successful applicant would get about
€42k/year (gross salary).

Feel free to reach me with any questions you might have. If you know anyone
who might be interested but is not on this list, it would be great if you
could pass the vacancy details along to them.

Best wishes,
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*Job opportunity at the EGU Executive Office: **Science Policy Fellow*

The EGU (http://www.egu.eu/) is a non-profit geosciences organisation
dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space
sciences. The Union has more than 11,000 members and organises a General
Assembly that attracts over 12,000 scientists each year as well as a number
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open-access format.

EGU fellows are strategically deployed to develop new initiatives and
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In 2015, we intend to appoint a fellow to develop the Union’s science
policy programme, which is aimed at building bridges between geoscientists
and European policymakers, engaging the EGU membership with public policy,
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The fellow will be based at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany
(with short stays in Brussels), and will work under the direction of the
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*Application materials*
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Hi everyone,

The British Science Association is looking for secondary school teachers and educators to take part in an Innovation Swap Shop as part of the MARCH project. The Swap Shop will take place on the 17 April at the Science Museum. We are looking for individuals involved in projects fitting a Sustainable City theme to share their experiences. More information can be found on our website<http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/news/sustainable-cities-innovation-swap-shop>.

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Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know that the next Birmingham science communication social is on Sunday 26th April, 6pm onwards at BrewDog.  BrewDog is right next to New Street station and we’ll be downstairs.

Anyone interested in sci-comm is welcome.  Look forward to seeing you there!

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