Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Artists' situations: earnings, number, etc.

Summary Report

Based on discussions at the Kingston Colloquium of the Visual Arts Alliance in 2011, this position paper attempts to identify “ways to make the visual arts more central in the lives of Canada and Canadians”. Five key themes emerged from the colloquium debates.

This academic article examines how Montreal’s historical and cultural attributes influence the development of networks among musicians and other workers in the city’s independent music industry. The study is based on 46 interviews with musicians and industry workers not affiliated with major labels. The interviewees indicated that “knowing the right people” and having a wide range of contacts were “vital” to their career development.

First edition – for consultation

This Australian report aims “to deliver a tool to enable governments, the [cultural] sector and the community to monitor the achievements of the sector, the role arts and culture play in economic and social agendas, and the vitality and cultural impact of Australian arts and cultural output”. Based on “extensive research on international developments in cultural measurement”, the study examines what indicators are available and relevant in an Australian context. Sixteen high-level cultural indicators, grouped under three main themes, are outlined in the report.

An Annual Measure of the Vitality of Arts and Culture in the United States: 1998-2010

The National Arts Index attempts to measure “the health and vitality of the arts in the U.S.” The report, released in 2012 and based largely on 2010 data, incorporates 83 equally-weighted national indicators across four key dimensions: financial flows; capacity; arts participation; and competitiveness. The report covers data from 1998 to 2010, with the base year being 2003 (when the index was set to 100). In 2010, the National Arts Index value was 96.7, the second-lowest level since 1998. The highest index values occurred in 2007 (103.4) and 1999 (103.3).

(Les danseurs et chorégraphes québécois : un aperçu statistique)

This brief report outlines key statistics on dance artists in Quebec, based on a custom survey of 375 dancers and choreographers with at least two years of professional experience. The report estimates that the total number of professional dancers in Quebec is about 650, including 470 women (73%) and 180 men (27%).

(Les danseurs et chorégraphes québécois : Portrait des conditions de pratique de la profession de la danse au Québec, 2010)

This report examines the situation of the estimated 650 dancers and choreographers in Quebec. The survey found that the average personal income of Quebec dancers is $27,400. However, their net earnings (i.e., after expenses) from dance artistic activities are only $9,300.

This report examines the connections between Aboriginal languages and art in Canada, based on interviews, talking circles, a survey of over 300 Aboriginal artists, a review of Canada Council application files, and other available data. The report notes that, as taught by the Elders, "language is integral to the development of art practices. Similarly, art practice is a form of communication that is intertwined with or created alongside language, and is intrinsic to the development of culture and heritage in Aboriginal societies."

A Knowledge and Literature Review

Based on interviews and other research information (both oral and written), this report has the goal of expanding understanding of Aboriginal art in "the mainstream art world".

Strategic National Arts Alumni Project

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project provides an important exploration of the situation of graduates of arts-related programs. Based on a survey of "13,581 alumni of 154 arts high schools, art colleges and conservatories, and arts schools and departments within universities", this report argues that "the majority of arts graduates find satisfying work". More specifically, 92% of graduates who wish to work are indeed working, and two-thirds of respondents indicated that "their first job was a close match for the kind of work they wanted".

A Report on the Teaching Artist Research Project

Based on a survey of 3,550 artists and program managers as well as 211 in-depth interviews, this report highlights the role of artists in teaching environments, whether schools or community settings. Teaching artists are artists "for whom teaching is a part of professional practice". Teaching artists "teach primarily because they enjoy the work and because it is a way to earn money in their artistic field…. Most believe that teaching makes them better artists."