2016 Artists Survey

2016 Artists Survey

Individual Artists Survey 2016

Researchers: Professor David Throsby, Ms Katya Petetskaya

Funding: Australia Council for the Arts

Since 1983, surveys of practising professional artists have been carried out by Professor David Throsby and his colleagues at Macquarie University every six or seven years. The survey findings have been widely used by government agencies, arts organisations and individuals across the arts as the most comprehensive and reliable source of statistics and information about the circumstances of professional arts practice that is available in Australia today.

A new survey of practising professional artists, the Individual Artists Survey 2016, is currently underway and the results will be released in April 2017. The survey will be the sixth that Professor Throsby and his research team have conducted, the earlier ones being in 1983, 1987, 1994, 2002, and 2009. A research grant for the 2016 survey was provided by the Australia Council. 

The 2016 survey aims to achieve a sample of around 1,500 practising professional artists: writers, visual artists, craftspeople, actors, dancers, musicians, composers, and community artists. The sample for interview will be drawn at random from the membership lists of about 150-200 arts organisations around the country. Survey interviews will be conducted by telephone during September-October 2016.

Previous Artists Survey reports:

Do You Really Expect to Get Paid? (2009)

Don't Give Up Your Day Job (2002)

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