Sustainability

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?

lukeemery
Burnout is all too often accepted as a necessary evil of working in the arts. As something we all HAVE to endure. Essentially, I’m on a bit of a mission to try and interrupt the work-all-the-time mentality that seems to pervade a lot of what we do in the arts.
Elenq
The Global Report series has been designed to monitor the implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). It provides evidence of how this implementation process contributes to attaining the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and targets.
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Our newest publication Life off-stage - Survival guide for creative arts professionals, provides tips and resources that can help professionals of the performing arts field to better navigate into the sector’s practical, technical, political and ethical challenges. The toolkit is produced in collaboration with FIA - the International Federation of Actors and UNI MEI - the global union in the media, entertainment, and arts.
Toolkit on women harassment by Waking the Feminists, Ireland
Elena DI FEDERICO
This free toolkit is a simple guide to help freelance workers and employees of any gender if they are experiencing bullying or harassment. It provides advice on making a complaint at work, or a criminal complaint, and includes useful information on who to contact and links to further information.
picture from shutterstock
Elena DI FEDERICO
The income gap between men and women is wider in the arts than the average gap across all industries in Australia, research shows. This gap appears to be especially evident for female writers, visual artists and musicians.
Veem Huis voor Performance - Amsterdam
Elena DI FEDERICO
Fair practice refers to a better labour market position for artists and fair business practices on the part of commissioning clients. The Dutch Fair Practice Code was drawn up jointly by makers, employers, trade unions, professional groups and other partners in the creative and cultural sectors, following a report by the Netherlands’ Council for Culture and Social and Economic Council. The draft version of the Code is now available also in English.
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The UIS has released new internationally-comparable cultural employment statistics. The collection includes 195 indicators offering a comprehensive perspective of cultural industries in 73 countries and territories.
Klaus Lefebvre, 2009 La Traviata (Giuseppe Verdi) @Dutch National Opera
Elena DI FEDERICO
A comprehensive survey of the role of women in the arts, culture and media in selected European countries, carried out by the Hertie School of Governance with support from the German government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media. Available in English (see link) and in German .
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This article, examining the ecology of funders’ use of intermediaries and regranting organizations, came about as a direct offshoot of GIA’s Research Initiative on Support for Individual Artists, begun in 2011. As the research team worked to map the pathways that support followed from funder to artist, a complex map of options and routes began to emerge, and intermediaries and regranters were often part of that picture.
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On day 3 of our Flanders Balkan Express meeting, sociologist Pascal Gielen was invited to talk about the role of art and culture in neoliberal and nationalist times. He introduces his talk as ‘the most depressive lecture I will ever give in my life’.

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