DACS: a great idea

It's the time of year when those fat fingered bankers rub their hands together thinking about their annual bonuses. But before you rush off to be sick, let us tell you about a bonus scheme that you could benefit from if you're a visual artist whose work appears in books and magazines, or on certain TV shows. Designers, illustrators and photographers can all sign up for it.

DACS stands for the Design and Artists Copyright Society and they've negotiated collective licensing agreements (via organisations like the Copyright Licensing Agency) with local councils, libraries and media businesses. Wherever the work of an artist can be re-used - for instance via a library photocopier, or by appearing as a prop in a TV programme - money's collected which goes into the pot. Each December, creatives who've successfully applied to be part of the DACS Payback scheme receive a payment.

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