1,243 Voices: Live Performance Artists Experiences of Covid-19 and Hopes for the Future

Findings of a survey of 1,243 live performance artists on their experiences of lockdown and their hopes for the future

Rosie elnile, image credit: Manuel Harlan

When we invited people to apply for the Live Work Fund in autumn 2020, we also asked them to fill in an optional survey about how they had been surviving the shutdown of the live music and performing arts sector, and about their hopes for how it might return to life in the future.

The survey received 1,243 responses. The generosity of time and thought that had gone into these responses was matched by our sense of responsibility to share them publicly. The responses have been used to create two reports, published in November 2021, which you can download from here:

Live Performance Artists Experiences of Covid-19

Live Performance Artists Hopes for a Post-Covid Future


We have also published a Jerwood in Practice blog here on the findings and our hope that the information will be a valuable resource for arts organisations, funders and policy makers, especially those in positions of power, responsibility and decision-making in relation to the freelance artist workforce.

We are happy to receive feedback and responses to these reports and welcome the chance to discuss them further and open-up new spaces for discussion. If you have a forum to host a conversation on support for freelance artists, creatives and producers, please get in touch.