Would you like to help support the arts and culture sector in Somerset? Would you like to help inform where investment and funding agencies put their money? Would you like to have a say in arts and culture development for Somerset? If so, and you are ain arts and culture sector, we would love you to take part in our ‘Somerset Arts & Culture Business Survey 2019’.

We are interested to hear from the following providers:

·         Artists (visual arts, sculptors, ceramics, installation artists, textiles)
·         Designers (graphic, fashion, digital, illustration)
·         Theatre companies, actors, directors, street performance, circus etc.
·         Festival and event organisers/providers
·         Arts and crafts, jewellery
·         Musicians, bands and composers
·         Venues, theatres and art centres
·         Art therapists and community art workers
·         Art and music teachers
·         Dance
·         Video, film and animation
·         Gaming (design and illustration)
·         Photographer
·         Museums and galleries
·         Writer, poet
·         Other creative practice
This survey is designed to equate the business and practitioner needs of arts and culture providers and to gauge the state of the arts in Somerset. Your information will not be shared with any third parties and will be kept private and confidential. Results will be made public via the Somerset Arts Business Cultural Alliance website and discussed at a county wide conference in Spring 2019, and used to attract investment and funding into Somerset. More about us at www.somersetculture.org.uk

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* 1. Which arts and culture activity do you produce or are involved in? Please select a minimum of 1 or maximum of 3.

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* 2. Which district council area of Somerset are you based?

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* 3. Where do you operate from?

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* 4. Are you full or part time?

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* 5. How long have you been trading as a practitioner or business owner?

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* 6. Please state your age range?

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* 7. Which best describes your ethnic origin:

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* 8. Do you consider yourself to have a disability?

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* 9. Are you paid as an employee or self employed?

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* 10. What type of trading organisation do you own or are part of?

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* 11. Research shows that the average artist or independent musician earns around £10,000 per year. To help us confirm this please state income you received from your work in the past year as an individual practitioner or business. If you are employed please state your annual earnings.

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* 12. On average how many hours do you work a week in your arts and culture practice or business?

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* 13. As a practitioner or business please estimate how many hours per year you donate or volunteer using your arts and culture talents and skills for community benefit.

To help you work this out here is a link to an online calculator https://tinyurl.com/y8esskyu 

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* 14. Do you provide arts education or delivered arts and culture workshops in the past year?

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* 15. If so how many people do you teach each year?

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* 16. Please tick themes or areas of arts and culture that you have been involved in the past year. Tick all that apply.

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* 17. Which areas of business support or skills do you feel you need help or assistance on? Tick all that apply.

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* 19. Have you received any funding for your practice or business in the past year or received funding for projects?

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* 20. If yes to question 19 please state the average amount of funding you received?

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* 21. Do you know where to go for business support when needed?

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* 22. Do you do any social accounting e.g. measure the social impact your work and projects has on the wellbeing of the community or individuals.

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* 23. Please explain what things Somerset should do to create a vibrant and sustainable arts and culture sector?

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* 24. Please feel free to let us know any other comments you would like to make about Somerset arts and culture.

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* 25. Somerset Arts Business Cultural Alliance is a sector support organisation offering free membership to anyone in the arts and culture sector. It shares trade and business opportunities and networking within the creative industries. Would you like to join for free to stay informed of this survey and other future activities?

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