Resources

A collection of unique reports & research conducted by arts organizations highlighting best practices for operating within the pandemic, recommendations of what to do and what to avoid, and future projections past the pandemic.

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What does the art-service organisation sector look like in Canada today?

Sector
Cross-Sectoral
Study Area
Canada
Research by
Massculture

This research maps art services organizations in Canada at the  national, provincial, local, and grassroots levels. It reveals important information like size,  activities,   and   employment / staffing of ASOs.

Artistic instruments - The Arts-service Organisation

ARTS-SERVICE ORGANIZATION

ASOs function as conduits between artists, communities, and government. Essentially, they serve to represent groups of artists and/or organizations across disciplines in order to advocate and provide resources to an array of creative professionals.

infographic displaying ongoing partnerships over the years

The creative industry is collaborative in nature, and survey results indicate that 90% of ASOs have multiple, ongoing partnerships.

Pie chart showing the disciplines they cover

Most ASOs have been active for decades, as they adapt to cater to the ever-shifting landscape of Canadian arts workers like the current pandemic.

National Arts and Culture Impact Survey

Sector
Cross-Sectoral
Study Area
Canada, Mostly ON and AB
Research by
NACIS and PRA Inc

The NACIS was co-commissioned by a group of 30 national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines. The survey was designed to capture a snapshot in time of arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada and the impact of the pandemic.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

Organizations are fairly optimistic, given the circumstances, while individual artists and arts workers are uncertain about their future in the arts.

DIGITAL PROGRAMMING

One in two organizations had positive experiences with digital programming, but many respondents indicated that going digital is not right for them.

ANXIETY

Very high stress and anxiety levels suggest that the impact of the pandemic isn’t just economic, high levels of stress and anxiety today (79%) as compared to before COVID-19 (25%).

Culture Shock: COVID-19 and the Cultural and Creative Sectors

Sector
Cross-Sectoral
Study Area
Globally
Research by
OECD

This report provides a robust analysis of the cultural and creative sectors state around the world in light of COVID-19, OECD addresses the policies stablished around the world to support for artists and organizations and provides estimates of the impacts on the creative industries.

EMPLOYMENT AND INCOME MEASURE

Employment and income support measures are not always accessible or adapted to the new and non-standard forms of employment (freelance, intermittent, hybrid–e.g. combining salaried part-time work with freelance work) that tend to be common in the cultural and creative sectors.

DIGITALISATION

Massive digitalisation coupled with emerging technologies, such as virtual and augmented realities, can create new forms of cultural experience. While the provision of free and digitally mediated cultural content is not sustainable over time, it has opened the door to many future innovations.

DIGITAL ACCESS

To capitalise digital experiences, there is a need to address the digital skills shortages within the sector and improve digital access beyond large metropolitan areas, with the additional consideration that digital access does not replace a live cultural experience or the jobs that go with it.

Thanks, COVID! 15 Lessons for Film Distribution from the First Wave

Sector
Film & TV
Study Area
Canada, some US content
Research by
Prepared by Veria.ca & StorypreneursUnite.com

Summary of lessons learned from a review of over 50 features films from around the world that had to pivot from a planned theatrical to a digital release of some sort between march and September 2020 because of COVID-19.

FILM & CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Although this research is focused on the film industry, some of the lessons shared can be used in multiple creative and cultural industries.

EVENTIZING

“Eventizing” has become a great practice to share content, events with Q&As with artists, and digital live performances often find success.

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Encouraging donations on digital programming has allowed some films reach new distribution markets.

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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor - Study Extended

Sector
Cross-Sectoral
Study Area
Ontario
Research by
Ontario Arts Council

This report summarizes 11,295 survey responses on the impact of COVID-19 on arts audiences. The findings are related to the audience's attitudes about returning to in-person arts activities, which will help arts organizations plan for when and how to resume activities.

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Expected Changes in Spending Habits During the Recovery Period

Research by
Statistics Canada

This article examines the expected changes in spending habits after stores and businesses start reopening, and how these changes are associated with various demographic characteristics.
The items included in the survey were everyday activities, entertainment, recreation, and education, amongst others.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Artists and Independent Cultural Workers

Research by
ArtsPond

This survey is the first in a series of multiple short and comprehensive surveys mapping the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable individuals and organizations in arts, culture, heritage and tourism throughout 2020.

Arts Response Tracking Study

Research by
Nanos for Business / Arts

This study is a regular monitoring of the environment in the arts and culture sector. The study focuses on culture-goers who have attended an indoor cultural gathering, an outdoor cultural gathering, or a gallery, or museum in the 12-month period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practices Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19

Research by
National Endowment for the Arts

This study identifies common practices among arts groups that successfully have reopened their doors to audiences or visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington DC.

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An office

Employment at Risk due to Shutdowns in the Screen-Based Media Production Sector

Sector
Film & TV
Study Area
Canada
Research by
Canadian Media Producers Association

This report provides data and summaries about the impact of COVID-19 on employment in the screen based media production sector.