Seeking feedback on remuneration policy for artists and arts practitioners

22 Jul 2021

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Creative New Zealand is seeking views on a draft remuneration policy to support the development of more sustainable arts sector careers.

The policy proposes a set of principles aimed at ensuring fair remuneration for artists and arts practitioners for the work they do.

We’ve created a remuneration policy for artists consultation document

We’re keen to hear your feedback and whakaaro on this document by completing this online survey. The survey will take you around 10 minutes to complete. Please complete by 22 August 2021.

About the draft remuneration policy

In 2020 we started developing a pay (remuneration) policy. This mahi follows on from:

  • A Profile of Creative Professionals research we released in 2019, which sought to better understand the barriers to sustaining a creative career
  • consultation with the sector in 2019 which subsequently confirmed six principles that could contribute to sustainable careers – including the principle: Artists and arts practitioners are remunerated fairly for their work.

 A proposed remuneration policy establishes good-practice principles for those working in the arts, and the organisations and others that engage artists and arts practitioners.

Why is a remuneration policy for artists important?

Employment in the creative sector is characterised by:

  • low pay
  • lack of job continuity and portfolio careers
  • expectations that artists and arts practitioners will work for free or low pay
  • a lack of recognition of the value of creative work.

Through our research and consultation, artists and arts practitioners have told us that the system needs to change.

What are we already doing to support more sustainable arts sector careers?

We have made some changes to our strategic direction and introduced fair remuneration guidelines for our Arts Grants programme, internships and residencies.

The next step is the development of a policy outlining principles and practices that support fair remuneration for artists, arts practitioners, arts organisations and collectives, as well as contribute to the development of more sustainable arts sector careers. 

What will happen to the feedback you give?

After considering your feedback, we’ll aim to complete the policy over 2021.

We’ll then develop a plan for implementing the changes in consultation with the arts sector and those likely to be impacted by the policy.

How can you contribute?

You can provide feedback on our remuneration policy for artists consultation document online by completing the survey

The survey will take you around 10 minutes to complete.

Please complete by 22 August 2021.

Where can I see more information?

You can contact us at strategy@creativenz.govt.nz for more information, or you can view our Frequently Asked Questions (pdf 180KB)