So Far Past the Brink: COVID-19 and the Ongoing Conditions that keep Creative
Workers in Free Fall

Produced by Americans for the Arts, this report provides a quantitative analysis of aggregated results from a national online survey of just over 33,000 artists and creative workers from April through November 2020. It examines five sector-wide socioeconomic inequities exacerbated and exposed by the pandemic: economic insecurity, job insecurity, exploitative working conditions, inequities in the […]


As a population, independent artists were devastated by COVID 2020. In the United States, the pandemic laid bare the minuscule and brittle securities that artists, makers, gig workers, freelancers, and other self-employed creators had in the form of financial reserves and social safety nets. As a companion piece to the We Are Bound: Excavating the […]

WE ARE BOUND: Excavating the Story of Artist Relief 2020

In 2020, nearly 4,000 artists in dire financial straits received $5,000 each in relief grants from a coalition of seven U.S. funders. These funders came together and launched a $21 million relief fund for artists during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.