COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers

Nearly two-thirds of American artists and creative industry workers have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey conducted by Americans for the Arts finds. Based on more than ten thousand survey responses collected between April 8 and 21, the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers found that 62 percent of respondents have become fully unemployed and 95 percent have experienced income loss, with the decline in estimated total annual income per creative worker averaging $27,103. According to the report, 80 percent of respondents did not have a plan to recover from the crisis, 36 percent had savings to cover three months of expenses prior to the public health emergency but only 20 percent do now, and 28 percent had no savings prior to the crisis and 53 percent have none now. The survey also found that of the respondents who also had non-creative jobs (31 percent), nearly half (49 percent) have been furloughed or laid off. Real-time results of the online survey can be viewed at www.americansforthearts.org/CovidArtistDashboard.

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