The Vermont Arts Council, on behalf of the Vermont Creative Network, is undertaking a research and planning project for the creative economy across the state.  The creative economy is defined as the enterprises, organizations, and individuals whose products and services are rooted in artistic and creative content. Our goal is to document the critical importance of Vermont's creative businesses, individuals, and institutions, and to demonstrate the substantial potential in the creative sector to boost the economy, to contribute to the quality of life in communities throughout Vermont, and to increase the economic well-being of its residents.  

To do this, we are gathering information not typically available about artists, creative freelancers, and small creative business owners, and we're asking you for help by both responding to this survey and sharing this survey with others who can provide similar information.

This survey is intended for any person living in Vermont who is self-employed in their creative pursuit (e.g., freelancer, contractor, etc.) or who owns or operates a creative business with up to 20 employees.  We are interested in your views, regardless of whether you just see your creative work as a secondary source of income, or if it is your primary job.  We include within the creative sector individuals and companies involved in the visual arts and crafts, the performing arts, design (including commercial design and advertising), film and media, culture and heritage, and specialty food production and culinary arts. 

We ask that you complete this 10- to 15-minute survey and also forward the link to other artists, musicians, performers, writers, creative freelancers, and small creative business owners in Vermont. It will be most helpful to have this information by October 21, 2019.

The responses will be aggregated, and no individual's responses will be identified.

RAFFLE: As a thank you for completing this survey, you will be offered the opportunity to be entered into a drawing to receive a gift from Vermont’s rich creative sector. Prizes include:

   · Inscribed copies of works from Vermont poet Major Jackson
   · A behind-the-scenes tour of the Vermont State House
   · Gifts certificates to the local art center, gallery, or bookstore of your choice.

Thank you for your time and assistance! If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Alyssa Saunders at
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