Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists, a new online research tool released by the National Endowment for the Arts, offers 70 searchable tables with figures on working artists by state and metropolitan area, by demographic information, and by residence and workplace.
"Artists represent just 1.4 percent of the labor force, but they have an outsized role as entrepreneurs and innovators who contribute to the vitality of the communities where they live and work," commented NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa.
"These data add further detail and nuance to our understanding of the profile of American artists."
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 dataset 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.
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