Inequality through Covid: findings from the second wave of the Covid-19 participation monitor

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Inequality through Covid: findings from the second wave of the Covid-19 participation monitor

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By The Audience Agency


Is Covid-19 further exacerbating existing inequalities in cultural engagement? 

By now, we know all too well that the pandemic has impacted everyone negatively, but this latest report from The Audience Agency focuses specifically on the inequality of those impacts, asking who is more negatively impacted and looking at how that relates to or exacerbates previously existing and ongoing inequalities in cultural audiences?

This report from The Audience Agency shares findings from a nationwide survey, the Cultural Participation Monitor. It is part of a wider national research programme that is building a robust and in-depth picture of the impacts of Covid-19 on the UK’s cultural sector.

This is the first in a series of thematic reports from the second wave of the nationwide Covid-19 Cultural Participation Monitor. The second wave is based on findings from a survey that took place in February 2021. It presents evidence to support the following:

  • Cultural engagement was unequal before Covid-19
  • The impacts of the pandemic have been experienced unequally, reinforcing this existing inequality
  • Further inequalities have developed in terms of health impacts and vaccination
  • There are likely to be increases in inequality in cultural engagement into the future.

Read the full report to find out more detail about the unequal impacts of Covid-19 on people's amount of free time and money, broken down by age, occupation, ethnicity and disability, as well as likelihood to engage in cultural activity.

The Covid-19 Cultural Participation Monitor is a research survey that samples thousands of people from all UK regions and walks of life, adding insight about the wider public's changing views on participating in creative and cultural activities through the pandemic.

It will take place in several waves so that changes in attitudes, behaviours and intentions can to be plotted accurately as the crisis evolves. This report is based on data from the second wave of the Cultural Participation Monitor (February 2021).

This report is part of a wider research programme led by the Centre for Cultural Value in collaboration with the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre and The Audience Agency. This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through UK Research and Innovation’s COVID-19 rapid rolling call.

Published: 2021
Resource type: Research