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NEA Releases National Statistics on Working Artists

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Jun 11, 2013

This June the National Endowment for the Arts released a new research tool, "Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists." This new online tool offers 70 searchable tables with figures on working artists by state and metropolitan area, by demographic information (including race and ethnicity, age, gender, and disabiliy status), and by residence and workplace.

This new research resource gives statistical profiles of Americans who reported an artist occupation as their primary job, whether full-time, part-time, or self-employed. The data set looks at artists in 11 distinct occupations, including actors; announcers; architects; art directors, fine artists, and animators; dancers and choreographers; designers; entertainers and performers; musicians; photographers; producers and directors; and writers and authors. Some tables offer data on employed artists in particular, while other tables measure all artists in the workforce, both employed and looking for work.

"Equal Opportunity Data Mining" is the first installment of a series of Arts Data Profile web pages that the NEA will release over the next several months. Future NEA Arts Data Profiles will introduce public data about arts participation and arts organizations, and additional data on artists in the workforce.

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