Coventry University and partners launch call out to “Creative Freelancers” to contribute to key research study

Creative United is excited to announce its partnership alongside Coventry City of Culture Trust, Northumberland County Council, Waltham Forest Borough Council and Warwick Institute of Employment Research, contributing to important research into the crucial contribution of freelancers to the creative industries. The research is being led by Coventry University and has been commissioned by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC).

The study will generate new insights into the business models of creative freelancers and their relationship to local labour markets, creative networks, supply chains and innovation ecosystems – as well as identifying the challenges that they face. By gaining a better understanding of the creative freelance workforce, the sector can be best placed to assess sector-specific needs as we enter a post-COVID world.

Designed to produce ‘deep dive’ qualitative evidence on creative freelancers, this research will increase understanding of the economic relationships, dynamics and business personas of freelancer models in order to directly support locally-based investment and policy responses to creative industry business models.

The study will focus in three specific locations:

  1. The London Borough of Waltham Forest (London Borough of Culture 2019);
  2. Coventry City (City of Culture 2021); and
  3. The County of Northumberland

Have your say
An open call has been launched for anyone that identifies as a ‘Creative Freelancer’ – providing services in any part of the arts and creative industries – and who is living and/or working in three locations across the UK, to come forward as potential subjects for in-depth interviews.

As a first step, creative freelancers living and/or working in these three localities are being invited to complete a two-minute survey which can be accessed via clicking on the button below:

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The study is expected to complete in late autumn 2020.

To find out more about the project and the full portfolio of six research projects that the PEC have commissioned, please visit: https://www.pec.ac.uk/news/our-first-commissioned-research-projects

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