Situation of artists

Volume: 10 Issue: 5

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In this issue: A summary of four reports on the situation of artists, including a profile of Quebec writers as well as Australian and American studies on the situation of artists, teaching artists and arts program graduates.
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  • (Les écrivains québécois : un aperçu statistique, Optique culture, no 3)

    This brief report outlines the situation of the estimated 1,510 writers in Quebec, based on a survey of writers. The report finds that, while the median personal income of Quebec writers is $39,400, their median earnings from literary creation are only about $2,500. On average, Quebec writers spend 43% of their work time on literary creation. Using writers' creative earnings as well as socio-demographic and professional information, the report proposes a typology of six groups of writers.

  • Do you really expect to get paid? and What’s your other job?

    Three reports from the Australia Council investigate the situation of artists in that country: a summary report (Artist careers), a survey of professional artists (Do you really expect to get paid?) and an analysis of 2006 census data (What's your other job?). The summary report notes that, "as in many countries, the majority of Australian professional artists do not get huge financial rewards for pursuing their art practice".

  • 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."

  • 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".