Arts Admin State Of Employment Poll, Update 2


By: Drew McManus

In: Reader Polls and Surveys

It’s been one month since we started asking readers to complete a short, two question survey designed to measure how the employment status of arts administrators and independent contractors is being impacted by coronavirus related shutdowns.

As of today, just over half of respondents indicate they are still working and being paid at my regular full time or part time status, and that’s great news.

A quarter of respondents indicated they are still working but at reduced hours/pay while 12 percent have been furloughed or laid off. Six percent indicated their position and/or work contract has been terminated.

Employee vs. Independent Contractor Results

While you can see the ratio between respondents identifying as an arts admin employee and those who are independent contractors, it isn’t readily clear how the status for each break down.

As such, I took a bit of time to tabulate those results and the data tells us that independent contractors are bearing the brunt of cuts. 20 percent have seen their work dry up entirely.

Comparatively, no one identifying as an employee indicated their position has been eliminated. Moreover, nearly 3/4 indicate they are working regular hours at their existing full or part time employment status.

Complete The Survey

Thank you in advance to everyone for taking the time to respond. I know this is a sensitive topic and can bring feelings of frustration and sadness to the surface but the more responses we have, the more useful the information becomes. As such, I appreciate your time and your willingness to share with friends and colleagues.

You can submit a status update once per week so be sure to register any changes.

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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