This DataBrief contains data from over 35,000 arts alumni from 46 institutions who were surveyed in the fall of 2015.
What Resources Do Artists Need?
The SNAAP survey has traditionally included questions that shed light on why some arts graduates leave the field. In the 2015-2017 questionnaire, we asked about the barriers that current artists face as they navigate their careers.
"What is the most important resource to which you currently do NOT have access?"
- Publicity and recognition of your work (23%)
- Business advising (15%)
- Professional networks (15%)
- Loans, investment capital (13%)
- Studio space (10%)
- Equipment (8%)
- Performance and exhibition space (4%)
Since money, equipment, and space traditionally have been considered the most important resources needed by artists, this new data from SNAAP demonstrates that there are other more important considerations. Encouragingly, arts education institutions can help both their alumni and current students obtain networking skills, business skills, and marketing savvy to better achieve publicity and recognition of their work.