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The impact of Covid-19 on jobs in the cultural sector

This research analyses labour force data from the Office of National Statistics up to September 2020.

It reveals the scale of the crisis with job losses of 55,000 in music, performing and visual arts and a collapse in working hours across the sector.

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Photo: Felix Mooneeram, Unsplash

The Centre for Cultural Value and the Arts Marketing Association’s knowledge hub, culturehive are working together to help create a better understanding of the differences that culture makes to people’s lives.

Latest resources

Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector
Vogue Ball, Contact Theatre. Photo: Drew Forsyth

Impacts of Covid-19: a snapshot from the cultural sector

Covid-19 Cultural Participation Monitor: December 2020
Photo: Vera Davidova, Unsplash

Covid-19 Cultural Participation Monitor: December 2020


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Sinfonia Viva, Brentwood. Orchestras Live. Photo: Paul Starr, Essex County Council

Culture on referral

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Dance to Health, Norwich. Photo: Camilla Greenwell
Case studies

Sharing learning: Aesop

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Vogue Ball. Contact Theatre. Photo: Drew Forsyth

Policy review: social security for cultural practitioners

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Events at Left Bank Leeds. Photo: Sally Molineaux

Policy review: cultural policy responses to Covid-19 in the UK

Topic overviews

Discover curated resources designed to keep you up-to-date with current thinking and practice.

Cultural participation

Culture, health and wellbeing

Impact of Covid-19

Research and evaluation practice

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Broker a successful academic partnership

Are you interested in working with academics to create new knowledge and amplify understanding?

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Co-commission research

Have you ever wanted to do research but didn’t have either the resources or expertise to do it alone? If the answer is yes, this guide might be what you’re looking for.

My essential reads

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Cultural democracy

What is cultural democracy and how have ideas about cultural democracy – from the radical to the pragmatic – influenced policy and practice?

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Co-creating value though audience engagement

How can cultural value be co-created with audiences in a democratic and collaborative way?

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Value(s) in cultural participation

Are you thinking about participation and the different values we all bring to our experience of culture?

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Understanding audiences

When we think about audience research, are we hoping to engage people who are new to the arts, deepen the experience of those who already attend, or demonstrate the cultural value of live arts events?