|Questions or notes feel free to contact andrew (at) artistsliteracies.org||View the Artists' Literacies Institute web panel on the first wave of field data, held on 3/30, HERE. Also lots of other data projects and surveys to add your information to.||TOTAL LOST REAL INCOME:||AVERAGE REAL LOST INCOME per INDIVIDUAL:||EST. ANTICIPATED LOSSES MAR-JUN:||AVG. ANTICIPATED LOSSES, MAR-JUN per INDIVIDUAL|
|The COVID-19 pandemic has shown in very short order how fragile the economic existence of the precariat is. If you are an artist, cultural worker, freelance content creator, or creative gig worker, you have likely already seen work opportunities disappear, and are likely anticipating more. |
Organizations and individuals trying to respond in solidarity and support need information on just what the scale of the situation is. Please fill in below your own experience of lost work, cancellations, and economic uncertainty. Be as accurate as you can; this is intended to be a snapshot that can be shared with relief orgs to ensure that their response is proportional. It is not necessary to identify yourself. Share this sheet with your networks of similarly-affected workers.
This information is anonymous and will be channeled to regional arts organizations, their funder networks, foundations, and government arts and culture agencies.
|PLEASE BE SURE YOU DO NOT OVERWRITE OTHER ENTRIES||$5,036,662.00||$9,527.97||$9,121,245.25||$18,061.87|
|STATE OF RESIDENCE||WORK SECTOR (Education/Fine Art/Film/Museum/Performing Art etc)||# OF CANCELLATIONS EXPERIENCED DUE TO COVID-19||$ VALUE OF COVID-19 CAUSED EMPLOYMENT LOSSES SO FAR|
(Use whole dollar figures as near as you are able)
|PROJECTED INCOME - MARCH to JUNE 2020 (how much would you expect to earn from art/gig/event/freelance employment in a normal year)||EMPLOYMENT STATUS (self, freelance, permalance, fulltime)||HOW MANY DEPENDENTS DO YOU HAVE? (Include yourself as 1)||NOTES/ NARRATIVE|
|Does this mean, what total income we expected to earn during the mid-March to June 1 period? (So, column D plus other expected income not caneled due to COVID phenom, right?) RIGHT|
Arts / Education nonprofit
|8||$60,000.00||$30,000.00||employed by nonprofit||2|
I went from an awesome year to "I don't know how I'm going to pay my basic bills."
Performances cancelled and production work related to shows slowed to almost zero
Jobs cancelled due to venue closure, client fears, and government closure mandate.
|AL||Stage Mgt||1 sub gig, 1 play festival||$1,200.00||$10,000.00||Freelance||2|
|AL||Stage Performer||3 months of events||$9,000.00||$15,000.00||Full-time||3|
Summer events are likely to fall off too. All income gone for the spring.
Video Production / Corporate and Event
|5 video shoots cancelled||$6,000.00||$15,000.00|
Freelance / Self-Employed
Multiple events for the transit authority got cancelled, as well as charity and art events that we were booked to shoot. The only clients keeping us on at the moment are retainer clients who need constant marketing material shot. Shoots are being moved to a more closed off quarantined feel as well.
Film/Music/ Digital+ Physicla Art
3 person LLC, owners, no employees
We are a partnership LLC with 3 members, but work on commisions based by freelancing out our skills, mainly to other small business, so with those clients closing their doors some major jobs are on hold or cancled. Also with our music area, all venues are closed and all freelance work done in those area have been cancled
Lost ballet teaching job, about to lose my nonprofit company. Annual fundraiser cancelled, without which we won't have a season.
2 Shows, 3 weekly classes, 10 acting gigs all cancelled
|$4,000.00||$7,000.00||self, freelance Full time||1|
All work lost bc of educational institutions, studios, clubs, and extra events cancelled---all classes, shows, and gigs at hospitals working with med students. Barely recuperating from 2nd round of cancer, now no income. Cant' be around large groups bc of immune systems so can't even take a retail job. Working to transition some offerings online but will take more time than I have to pay bills. Could be evicted
|CA||Casting Director||2 shows||$27,000.00||$27,000.00||Full-time||0|
Was halway through working on one show that was supposed to wrap 4/10 that got pulled and put on hiatus on 3/6 because of coronavirus. Started a job on 3/16 that was supposed to last for 8 weeks that got pulled after 2 days due to coronavirus. Full disclosure: the first company was Amazon. The second was Discovery.
|CA||Muscian||6 gigs and classes||$1,600.00||Self Employed||0|
Jazz Musician and Teacher
|CA||Event Production/Theater||2 projects & 2 months of work.||$3,500.00||$5,200.00||Freelance||0|
Recent grad school graduate, displaced from the SF Bay and looking for more employment. Working part-time at a few event companies and educational facilities that all closed down for business, some for good.
|CA||Casting Director||3||$26,000.00||$45,000.00||Self Employed||3|
Performing Arts/Visual Arts/Education
|15||$15,000.00||$45,000.00||freelance, part time||1|
Visual Art Gallery Closure; Performance Festival Closure; Comedy Club Closure; Show Cancellations; dog walking restricted
event and food photographer. With CDC recommending 8 weeks no events, I've seen every single booking cancel. With Bay Area shelter-in-place for 3 weeks, I can't even go hustle for new work.
|CA||Nonprofit Arts Org||3||$500.00||$2,000.00||part time||1|
I am the Executive Director of a nonprofit arts org in CA that serves emerging artists. I've seen an unprecedented loss of income for all artists in my city as a result of COVID-19.
|ca||Fine Art and Art teacher||8||$3,500.00||$10,000.00||Self employed||2|
I run a small art class company. We travel around offering classes along with attending vendor fairs to sell my own personal art. All of my classes this month have been affected and the biggest show of the year for me was canceled. I've got MS and two kids I cant take any chances.
Live Stage Entertainment
|5 shows||$15,000.00||$40,000.00||Self Employed||1|
Produce live cirque & dance entertainment for the speical events industry. All jobs I was contracted or slated for between now and June have been cancelled.
|CA||Film and Large Events||5||$22,000.00||$30,000.00||Self Employed||1|
Producer specializing in production of Film and events, gigs began canceling late Feb, now everything is postponed indefinitely
|CA||Music Performance||30+||$8,700.00||$15,000.00||Self Employed||1|
All my gigs started getting canceled around late Feb early March. I am completely out of work since the beginning of March.
|CA||Events and freelance||4||$4,000.00||$4,000.00||Freelance (part time)||1|
Losing three gigs and other potentials.
Teaching and 4 Freelance gigs (ATM)
|$5,000.00||$16,000.00||Freelance (full time)||1|
|CA||Education Consultant||4||$20,000.00||$20,000.00||Freelance (full time)||4|
|CA||Fine Art/Fashion||7 markets||$4,000.00||$10,000.00||Self Employed||1|
All art markets in the Bay area are cancelled, these are my main source of income.
|CA||Beauty Industry||7||$8,000.00||$24,000.00||self/free lance fulltime||2|
child is out of school, salon clients, shoots and weddings are canceling. I am a renter and have little savings as I am a single parent.
I work on set. I cant work from home. I book week to week some times day to day. I've lost a week so far. Not sure how much I'll lose as the social distancing continues
|CA||content creator||5 events, 2 clients||$10,000.00||$25,000.00||freelance - full time|
Five international exhibitions canceled as well as three domestic residencies. All events were applied to and prepared for during 2019/early 2020. They were scheduled from March 10-Jun2.
|CA||Visual Arts/Museums||2||$2,500.00||$13,144.00||part time||1|
I work two part time jobs, one as a frontline representative at a small art museum, and the other as an artist assistant. The museum temporarily closed due to goverment mandate, the artist closed her studio due to civic responsibility and her own saftey (she is over 60).
|CA||Art Events Coordination||2||$9,000.00||$23,000.00||Self - full time||4|
I coordinate many art events in my local area + I am an independant fine artist and freelancer. So far two events have been cancelled with more on the horizon to be cancelled in May.
Small Busines Owner/Creative/Freelance
Small Busines Owner/Creative/Freelance
I'm a fiber artist/creative/small business owner.
Film shoots cancelled, unable to collect cancellation/postponement fees.
75% of my income comes from photography and the other $25% comes from other creatives serices such as creative coaching/mentoring; all of which are in the same industry. Assistance is needed. W: www.trin-de.com
Cancellations of most events from midFeb through May. Things scheduled after that will likely cancel. Nothing new scheduled for the future yet.
Artist / Fabricator / set design build
|2 job cancellations||$4,500.00||$60,000.00||freelance|
3 Cancellations, 1 Closure
cancelling all appointments
|$1,000.00||$9,000.00||elf employed||0||thank you|
I'm still pretty unsure of how much work I'll lose over the next month. As the economic waves hit, I suspect clients will be spending less money hiring me to create content advertising their products, as consumers across the board will be spending less.
1, guaranteed to be more
As of now all shoots and jobs are off and I assume will be on hold until the situation drastically improves
All major events have been cancled throughout the summer which is where a majority of my jobs come from
Tattoo Artist, esoteric nutritionist
|6 clients and 4 gigs||$2,000.00||$6,000.00||self employed/freelance||1|
All of my clients canceled not only for themselves but because I have severe asthma and am immunocompromised. Also every gig and shop I was supposed to pop up at for this last two weeks of March and all of April canceled as well so I have no idea when I'll be able to work again safely and make a basic living income.
Digital Loader/Creative Director
2 weekend gigs canceled + the ability to book anything else in the industry
Two weekend film shoots were canceled + am fearing that two clients will take forever now to pay $20,000 worth of outstanding invoices to my film/design studio (billed back in January).
Entertainment and Production
|25+ Events cancelled||$12,000.00||$12,000.00||Self employed||1|
I have a small business entertainment production compnay. All of our events are cancelled or postponed until tbd. I may not have paying work again until late may or June
|CA||Circus Arts Education||5 programs cancelled||$3,725.00||$4,000.00||self employed||1|
I teach after school circus arts classes. All of the schools are closed and classes are cancelled until further notice. If schools do not reopen I will not have work until June for summer camp. Hopefully summer camp will not be cancelled.
|CA||Writer||1 job cancelled||$4,800.00||$4,000.00||Self-employed/LLC||2|
I was going to edit 3 white papers in support of a client's ad campaign, which they canceled/postponed due to COVID-19. My overall client load has disappeared.
4 (schools closed, festivals cancelled)
(unknown but at least $5K between known cancellations and pre-booked gigs awaiting determinations)
|freelance + union||1|
all worked cancelled or on hold indefinitely
somatic artist/body worker
|entire client base/ 6gigs||$3,000.00||$9,000.00|
self employed / freelance
the studios I model for have all closed and due to quarantine, body work clients are not scheduling massage.
Event Consultant/Box office management
tattoo artist, esoteric nutritionist
|8 so far||$2,500.00|
Lost gigs because events and productions were cancelled
|CA||Events||8 Shows Cancelled||$26,000.00||Freelance||0|
I set up shows for performers and all events have been cancelled indefinitely
|CA||Singer/Teaching Artist||6 gigs||$2,000.00||$10,000.00||Freelance||0|
All gigs cancelled, no upcoming bookings.
|CA||Commerical Production||3 jobs||$16,000.00||$30000~$48000||Freelance||1|
averaging about 25 days a month and have had steady work for 19+ years
|CA||Photographer||9 Jobs Cancelled||$3,500.00||$35,000.00|
|CA||Makeup Artist||3 gigs canceled||$5,500.00||$16,000.00||Freelance||0|
most of us do not qualify for unemployment. all of my jobs dissapeared for the foreseeable future. please help us
|Ca||Makeup Artist||3 gigs cancelled||$8,100.00||$24,400.00||Freelance||1|
|CA||Producer and actress||3 jobs canceled||$2,500.00||$15,000.00||Freelance||1|
All my jobs have been canceled
|CA||Film & TV||3 jobs cancelled||$9,600.00||$16,000.00||Freelance||0|
No commercials, music videos, TV shows, or web content are filming.
|CA||TV Production||1 show cancelled||$3,875.00||$46,500.00||Freelance Full Time||3|
I am an unscripted television producer and sole income provider in the house. My wife is unable to work and our son is immunocompromised. Virtually all of Los Angeles is shutdown, so no income opportunity in sight for the foreseeable future = disaster.
Choreography & Education
|4 jobs cancelled||$8,000.00||$24,000.00||Freelance full time||2|
All artists are not allowed to interact & work therefore neither can choreographers, all dance studios in LA shut down so cannot teach, all travel has been postponed therefore I cannot teach abroad.
I teach a lot of workshops and do creative facilitation. Almost all of my work requires travel. All of these opportunties have been cut all the way through the sumer ans possible cancellations in Fall. Some cancellations due to public health instructions, but also due to budget cuts by my clients -- art got pushed out of the budget as a non-essential.
Open Mics Host/Somgwriter
3 jobs/2 gigs:1 tour cancelled
Resin Artist, Reiki, Jewlery maker
no online sales, 10 gigs cancelled
I'm a self employed student who's financial situation has plumeted in the past few weeks. I need help! I havent been making any money due to fears of ordering online and personal contact. I am at risk of being evicted as well!
|CA||Opera singer||2 cancelled productions||$26,900.00||$28,100.00||Freelance||0|
|CA||festival crafter||4 festival so far||$3,000.00||$6,000.00||self employed||4|
Festival vendor with events cancelled as far as May
|CA||Musician||6 so far||$2,200.00||$7,000.00||Self employed||1|
Musician for private events and music teacher, all private events have been cancelled and will not be held again until everything calms down.
Dancer, choreographer, coach and teacher
8 so far (continuously going up)
lots of my jobs happened in schools (teaching dance, coaching cheer, choreographing school routines) so as soon as schools closed I lost all my income. Also worried that schools will not re-hire me when (if) school year starts again....
2 art shows, 2 modeling gigs cancelled
Started my own company last year, made our first sale in early March, planned the shoot for April, now it is all canceled. I had hired an 11-person crew.
my work had pretty much disappeared adn i have emergency dental problems now.
1 FOX TV show, 2 Commercials, 1 Corporate video,
New commissons and works cancelled
Weekly dane classes, substitute teacing, dance competitions, IDF of Palm Springs
4 large murals cancelled
80% of my work is at public schools now closed with no open date insight. Also worried about loss of fundraising income schools usually get that fund my projects.
|CA||Tattoo Artist, painter||8 appts, 6 consults||$2,500.00||$12,000.00|
I just completed construction and opened my private studio on March 3rd. This has been a huge blow with clients cancelling, rent, expenses, business credit cards due, etc.
3 jobs canceled, 1 steady job,
All Acting/Modeling and part time work has been posted poned indefinitely
|CA||Director/1st AD||4 jobs cancelled||$3,200.00||$10,000.00||Freelance||1|
Full time freelancer; all jobs cancelled and no future jobs available until there's a sense of when we're able to congregate again
|CA||Fine Art / Teacher||2 Jobs cancelled||$16,800.00||$16,800.00||Unemployed|
|Canada||Video/Film production||2 jobs cancelled||$2,000.00||$8,000.00||Freelance||2 (1 newborn)|
I've got to be extra isolated because of my newborn. I work mainly day to day/week to week, rarely have things booked more than a month or two in advance, but have stuff planned for the summer/warm months that is probably gone now. Partner on mat leave EI.
|Canada||Performance Art/Service||1 festival, 4 jobs||$5,000.00||$9,000.00||Free-lance/ Part-Time||1|
I took a job in Beijing to co-direct in a childrens' drama festival. It was meant to start Feb 15, but due to COVID I was not to get there until it was safe. However, I had already given up my apartment and my jobs. My partner and i found a sublet, however, because of COVID the person we are subletting from is coming back. Even if we could find an apartment during quarantine, we no longer have an income to secure one.
Freelance Concert Promoter
|2 Shows||$2,000.00||$9,000.00||Freelance Only||1|
7 Photo Shoots cancelled
All photo shoots (both commercial and editorial) have been cancelled with no guarantee of rescheduling and/or future shoots coming back. Only one client has offered a kill fee. I don't expect another paycheck until June (or whenever this clears up)
|CO||Fine Art||1 show||$4,000.00||$12,000.00||self employed||0||Sculptor|
4 projects delayed/cancellations TBD
I work mostly in advertising and entertainment
2 Advertising Campaigns
Photoshoots and commercials being cancelled, could be months of no work
Multiple projects have canceled or paused. Paused projects have no resume date and could end up dying off.
Touring Production / Music Festivals
|CO||Writer / Filmmaker||2||$3,000.00||$16,000.00||Freelance||2|
Incoming Work has slowed. One gig involving travel was cancelled outright. The third phase of another ongoing part-time project was cancelled, which accounted for 25% of my work hours. I also no longer have childcare for my daughter, significantly limiting the hours I can work and the work I could accept if it did start to appear.
Digital Art Studio, Classes
|All sessions canceled|
5 Laid off from my full time job today, shoots cancelled
Ful time job and freelance
Was "laid off" so I can get unemployment and they told me that they don't know if I will have a job afterwards. It was my main source of income.
|DE||Musician||Performances Canceled||$10,000.00||$20,000.00||Self Employed|
Touring Band/Recording Artist
20+ Festivals, Shows, + entire Tour Dates cancelled because of the pandemic.
Sole Proprietor, Freelance
Spotify et al. does not pay enough to support independent artists! Without live income I am backed into a corner with a non-viable system that does not meet a living wage. Between the performance fees we receive for live appearances, and the sales, streaming, and merchandise that boosts, the touring experience is the most financially foundational to our independent music economy... and it is now gone.