California Arts Council Releases Results of COVID-19 California Arts & Culture Sector Early Impact Survey


SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Arts Council has released the results of its preliminary survey of California’s creative sector on the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the state’s arts and cultural economy. The sector was identified among the top five industries experiencing the most direct and immediate economic threats due to the pandemic by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, according to the New York Times.

The survey was issued to individual artists and arts organizations on March 12, 2020, to gather early data on the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Three thousand forty-nine submissions were received prior to the closing of the survey on March 26, 2020.

Data from the summarized survey responses include the following:

  • Organizations estimated an average revenue loss of $193,642 each
  • Individuals estimated an average personal income loss of $23,857 each
  • 66 percent of organizations have had to cancel events that cannot be rescheduled
  • 85 percent of individual artists and cultural workers have had work have had work cancelled such as gigs/appearances/shows

Click here for the full summary of survey data.

The California Arts Council has created a COVID-19 resource page, including the latest updates from the agency, emergency funding opportunities, emergency preparedness best practices, and webinars featuring arts leaders and artists from the national arts community.

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