About the project
This project has investigated the experience of arts professionals across the creative industries in response to COVID-19. Through longitudinal sector-wide surveys, audience questionnaires and qualitative follow-up studies, the research also sheds light on key challenges artists will face in a post-pandemic cultural environment. Findings explore financial and mental health challenges experienced by artists during the pandemic, identify changing priorities of early career professionals (including a desire to further integrate social responsibility within their work), and highlight the changing expectations of arts audiences.
Key preliminary policy recommendations include:
- A need for long-term, sustainable funding models for freelance arts workers that are better able to mitigate the financial precarities of short-term project work.
- Specialised training and funding routes that promote the expansion of virtual and hybrid performance capabilities for individuals and organisations.
- Support for approaches that integrate artists with community health to enable mental health and wellbeing initiatives.
Professor Aaron Williamon
(Royal College of Music, London)