How to make a living as an artist? How to survive as an arts organisation?

As we continue struggle out of the crisis, we must give ourselves a chance; not for survival, but for success.  

To start with, let's reassess our professional strategies and business models. How do we use our potential and our resources? How do we contribute to the sustainability of the environment we work and live in? What does sustainability in the arts mean and how to achieve it? And what role can the arts play in that wider issue: helping to save the planet, the environment we live and work in?


A study of “Fair Working Conditions in the Performing Arts and Music?” was published recently. Maximilian Norz of the artists’ initiative called “art but fair” in collaboration with the Hans Böckler Foundation and the Cultural Policy Association (of Germany) has researched working conditions for creative artists in the German speaking countries of Europe. The answers provided in the questionnaire show that artists have no choice but to accept certain bad conditions in their work, claims the joint press release of the Hans Böckler Foundation and “art but fair”. 79% of those asked regard their...
Only ten percent of art school graduates make a living from their artwork. Why should this be such a pipe dream? Artists should stop trying to win the game, and start trying to change the game.
'Culture is simultaneously the art that we make but it is also the life that makes us​. When a model like creative industries comes along, it can tidy that up a little bit too much and it can slant it in one direction, particularly the economic.’
Creators and cultural locations have to rely on digital technology, not vice versa. After sketching the changing profile of an e-consumer in 2014, this study modifies the image of a new generation of cultural and creative entrepreneurs by first discussing the challenges of value-sharing from a new angle.
In a world where individualism has killed cooperation and the capacity for being and working together, where cooperation sucks and self-reliance seems so cool, we are smoothly and consistently dismantling all social ties. Why am I supposed to do something with my neighbours? I'd rather do it alone. Cultural initiatives that challenge this extremely individualized model of the world are worth closer attention, as they help us re-establish social ties and our trust in others.
Being at the crossroads between arts, business and technology, the cultural and creative sectors find themselves in a strategic position to trigger innovation and spill-overs in other sectors.
Performing arts allow us to creatively challenge digitally remediated experience, and to collectively reflect on and explore its prolific scales, materials, and modes of existence. Through celebrations of diversity and idiosyncracy, live performance helps us counter the normative pressures of digitisation. My keynote looks at how theatre - Artaud's crucible - is a uniquely powerful means for mobilising the poetic energies that characterise what is human, and what it is to be human. This in turn is seen as a source of vital resilience, tuning our senses of liveness to digital - and post-digital - times.
The public debate on artist fee guidelines "Who pays the artist?" was the logical next step after BKNL (Beeldende Kunst Nederland) had published results of the second survey on artist fees, published in November 2015. Those results shows that the call for a new directive is widely supported. Artists, art support organisations, arts centres and even the national government, all agree upon the fact that the current situation is unsustainable.
El sector de las artes escénicas, afectado gravemente por la crisis económica (que ha comportado la reducción de recursos públicos y el descenso notable del consumo), debe, en el corto plazo, salvar la oferta y, en el medio plazo, reforzar la demanda.
Theatre in the Age of Climate Change—A HowlRound Journal Series
How does our work reflect on, and respond to, the challenges brought on by a warming climate? How can we participate in the global conversation about what the future should look like, and do so in a way that is both inspiring and artistically rewarding? This is an on-going Journal Series curated/peer-produced by Chantal Bilodeau .


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