CAMEo - Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies

Creative Industries, Diversity and Austerity (BA/Leverhulme Small Grant)

The arts sector is culturally and economically vital to the Midlands. However, little is known about the challenges that artistic practitioners face during these times of austerity, nor what could be done to support them.

Funding cuts and the wider effects of austerity are having multifaceted impacts on artists and cultural workers, particularly those without secure employment contracts or stable sources of income. Austerity is therefore likely to be particularly challenging for women, BAME people, disabled and working class workers as well as those with caring responsibilities, which is why CIDA focused on the relationship between austerity and workforce diversity.

CIDA studied the lived experience of creative lives under austerity and how austerity affects access and participation. CIDA Project’s East Midlands Artists Survey is funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant and was being conducted in association with The Mighty Creatives (TMC), the Arts Council England bridge organisation for the East Midlands.


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