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Women participate in Australia’s music industries – as musicians and workers – at rates well below men. On average, women receive less airplay on Australian radio, less pay and less representation on music boards, awards and line-ups than their male counterparts. Understanding why women might leave their music careers and what could bring them back is an important part of solving the puzzle to increase their participation.
In 2022, we surveyed 702 visual and craft artists and arts workers, making this the largest single scholarly survey of this cohort in Australia to date. We were interested to find out the ways artists combined income from various sources, within and beyond their art practice. Our new research identifies three key areas that need to be addressed to ensure fair remuneration for all visual and craft artists. We need to acknowledge the likely under-counting of the number of artists in Australia, the gendered nature of this population, and the complex ways artists earn an income.
Creative Australia is working with Patternmakers and WolfBrown in 2023 to understand changes in the behaviours and sentiments of arts-goers. Launched in May 2020, the Audience Outlook Monitor was established to track audience sentiment in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, it continues to provide insight into the top trends shaping audiences today. Results from the August 2023 phase of data collection are now available, and key insights are outlined in a new snapshot report.
Investment in cultural and creative activity is high on international public agendas as nations seek to harness its economic, social and cultural benefits. The non-governmental finance market for arts, culture and creativity in Australia – and industry’s knowledge of these diverse financial options – remains under-researched. This report addresses these gaps in research and awareness by painting a fuller picture of the scope and scale of financial inflows to the cultural and creative industries. It also explores new ways to assess and articulate return on investment (ROI) across short, medium and long-term time horizons.
The Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee has significantly expanded with over 400 jobs added to the pilot program. This means thousands more people in casual and contract jobs can now access up to 38 hours a year of sick and carer’s pay.
How do you make an artist blush? Ask them how much they earn. Whether it’s too much or, more likely, too little, the number is almost always a matter of shame.