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WHO CARES ABOUT CREATIVE AND CULTURAL WORKERS IN EUROPE?

As part of DISCE (Developing Inclusive and Sustainable Creative Economies) a three-year EU H2020 funded project, we are interested in mapping – across Europe – organisations that have conducted independent research into the dynamics of creative and cultural work (defined below) as well as the working conditions in the creative and cultural sector.

Specifically:

  • Organisations that collect data (quantitative or qualitative) about creative and cultural workers whether broadly (artists across different art fields) or in specific sectors (music or game industry ….)  or in relation to specific issues facing workers in creative/cultural work (such as gender inequality, workplace security, unfair pay) or with specific geographical focus (film makers in Northern Europe; visual artists in Italy);
  • Organisations that use these data on creative and cultural work to promote or advocate policy and industry in relation to better working conditions for creative and cultural workers, again in general or for specific sectors or addressing specific concerns.
  • Organisations that collect data on training, legal issues and working conditions of creative and cultural workers to protect their rights and in general or in specific sectors and contexts.

If your organisation has produced any such work in this area, please complete this brief survey (less than 10 minutes) and share it with others. We would like to create a central repository of all organisations operating in this area and reflect on their work and concerns. 

Participation in this online survey is entirely voluntary and all the data will be used anonymously (please read our ethics document). We appreciate the time you take to complete the survey. You will be able to select how you would like us to use your data/information at the end of the survey, including receiving the final report, or opt out of further communication. 

 

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Definition. We define creative and cultural workforce / workers as: 

1) any individual involved (through paid or unpaid work) in a creative/cultural occupation whether in creative and cultural sector (e.g. a ballet dancer employed by a ballet company or a journalist working for a daily newspaper) or outside the cultural sector (e.g. a designer working in the automobile industry); 

2) any individual who holds a non-cultural occupation in the cultural sector (e.g. an accountant working in a publishing house).

For a full list of industries and occupations included in these grouping we refer to the ESSnet‐CULTURE European Statistical System Network on Culture 2012 report (pages 156-165 specifically). 

We include in this definition all these workers independently from their contractual arrangements (full-time or part-time, on temporary contracts or temporarily out of work) as well as freelance workers and self-employed workers in the sector.