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Projects completed in 2002

ARTISTS' LABOUR MARKETS AND THE EFFECTS OF THE TAX AND BENEFITS SYSTEMS

 

RESEARCHERS: SHEILA GALLOWAY WITH RHYS DAVIES, ROBERT LINDLEY, FIONA SCHEIBL

 

Funded by Arts Council England between November 2001 and March 2002, this project had both qualitative and quantitative components. It analysed from national data-sets what can be learned about artists' labour markets, examining working patterns, multiple job-holding, employment status and take-up of benefits, noting the limitations of these sources and where the gaps are in our existing knowledge. The research reviewed qualitatively the key influences on artists' working lives, exploring with individual artists their experience of the tax and benefit systems. Six group interviews throughout the country were the main channel for collecting qualitative data from performing artists, writers, musicians, visual artists, craftmakers, designers, managers and directors. Two separate reports giving the statistical analysis and an international comparative study complement Galloway et al. A Balancing Act (2002) Research Report 29, December 2002 - Arts Council England website.