This survey explores the working conditions and barriers to career progression of those who work in the arts. It draws focus to many issues which have been in constant debate: the economic challenges of pursuing a career in the arts, the role and representation of women within the sector and the specific challenges they face and the experience and concerns of minority ethnic groups and disabled people. People identify across multiple characteristics and this report explores intersectional issues which many face and provides extensive detail about personal experience and perception of those who are at the heart of our creative sector.

Some of the issues raised are specific to our sector while many more reflect broader challenges for society as a whole. However, we should not be complacent in allowing barriers and inequalities to exist, the sector should be at the forefront of addressing inequalities, promoting diversity and challenging institutional barriers.

Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is a connecting theme for Creative Scotland which runs through everything we do. We will use the data from this report together with other data and research in this area to help shape our development role, inform our funding guidance and further develop and implement our equalities outcomes. We will also use it to contribute to the wider debate and ensure that the issues are kept at the forefront.

These findings present a challenge for the whole sector and beyond. This survey provides an opportunity to continue the debate, further explore sector specific issues and look at ways in which the whole sector can work together to address these issues in the short, medium and long term.

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