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Respondent profile

584 creative artists who are mainly engaged in making original work, shared their experiences on how COVID-19 has impacted their work. 

Respondent type

  • 76% Sole traders
  • 15% Freelancers
  • 9% Other.

Industry sub-category (top responses)

  • 38% Visual artists or sculptors
  • 20% Musicians or composers
  • 12% Writers, poets, playwrights or screenwriters
  • 7% Actors
  • 4% Dancers or choreographers
  • 4% Circus performers.

The following findings are based on respondents’ reported impacts from 1 April to 30 June 2020. 

Number of jobs

Jobs for creative artists fell 77%. This was based on expected versus actual number of employees reported by partnerships, companies and not-for-profits operating in the creative artists sector. There were significant decreases in freelance and contract jobs (down 94%) and casual jobs (down 73%). 

Actual versus expected revenue

  • 30% - Percentage of expected revenue earned before COVID-19 support
  • 53% - Percentage of expected revenue earned after COVID-19 support.

COVID-19 support

  • 23% - Received COVID-19 support
  • $4,537 - Average value of support.

JobKeeper

Percentage of business entities that received JobKeeper assistance for employees.

  • N/A - Freelancer
  • 31% - Sole trader
  • 23% - Partnership
  • 42% - Company
  • 30% - Not-for-profit.

Alternative revenue sources 

Percentage of business entities that needed to draw on alternative revenue sources to cover lost revenue.

  Freelancer
80%
Sole trader
80%
Partnership
69% 
Company
83%
Not-for-profit
40% 
Business reserves--38%56%30%
Personal savings 64%67%38%50%10%
Family and friends20%13%15%11%0%
Credit cards 17%18%0%6%0%
Superannuation  14%11%15%11%0%
Bank loan 2%1%8%6%0%
Other 13%11%8%6%0%
None 20%20%31%17%60%

Methodology

This fact sheet was compiled from a survey conducted in 2020 by CATALYSE® Pty Ltd on behalf of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. View the full survey report.

Page reviewed 16 March 2022