Six Major Arts Job Boards Served Letters Calling for an End to Exploitative Practice
On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, six major online job boards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Jobs in the Arts, the Association of American Publishers’ bookjobs.com, playbill.org, mandy.com, internships.com and entertainmentcareers.net, were served letters calling for an end to the publishing of classified listings for unpaid internships at for-profit businesses.
Collectively the six job boards channel thousands of unpaid workers to for-profit businesses in a variety of creative industries including the visual arts, publishing, theater, film, television and electronic media, without regard for the ethics or legality of such arrangements, thereby undermining the overall health and sustainability of the labor market within those industries.
The letters expand ongoing Arts & Labor #OWS efforts against unpaid internships at for-profit businesses. The initiative began on February 1, 2012 with a call to the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to end their practice of listing these illegal jobs.
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Letter to the New York Foundation for the Arts (Jobs in the Arts)
Letter to the Association of American Publishers (bookjobs.com)
Letter to playbill.org
Letter to mandy.com
Letter to internships.com
Letter to entertainmentcareers.net