Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts

Volume 19 No 5 / February 24, 202124 February 2021

Situation of artists, arts workers, and arts organizations

In this issue: Insights into the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the arts and culture sector, based on four Canadian sources.


National Arts and Culture Impact Survey: Individual Report

Arts Research Monitor

Conducted in November of 2020, this survey received responses from 1,273 artists and arts workers across Canada. As is the case for all surveys where people self-select whether to respond, there is uncertainty as to whether the responses provide a re… View this resource

National Arts and Culture Impact Survey: Organizations Report

Arts Research Monitor

This Canadian survey received responses from 728 arts organizations in November of 2020. A margin of error cannot be estimated due to the non-random survey method. In the survey sample, there is likely underrepresentation of organizations based in Qu… View this resource

2020: The Year One in Four Arts Workers Lost Their Jobs

Arts Research Monitor

This web article, based on data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, defines “arts workers” as workers in “arts, entertainment, and recreation industries”. The article indicates that one-quarter of these workers lost their jobs in 2020. Read… View this resource

Survey: Financial and professional situation of Quebec musicians

Arts Research Monitor

This survey received responses from 755 professional musicians in Quebec in October of 2020. Given the non-random survey design, it is uncertain to what extent the survey results provide a representative sample of Quebec’s professional musicians. In… View this resource

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