Clearly the situation of artists is on the minds of many. Just after I had posted the introduction to our #thrivinginculture theme I received the monthly Arts Research Monitor published by Hill Strategies in my inbox and it summarized 4 recent reports exploring the working lives and financial situations of artists and culture workers. This is great background reading to get a sense of some of the common themes emerging in our sector and across disciplines.
Check out the research summaries here:
- median artist incomes fall far below median incomes of the general population
- artists are supplementing their incomes with other work (and thus may not be captured as arts professionals in general census data)
- incomes are lower for arts professionals who are women, racialized folks & those who identify as D/deaf &/or disabled
How does this research square with what you are experiencing where you live? We’d love to hear from you!