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Research and conversation about what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers and contribute to their communities.

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Enough With Problem Solving, Let’s Start Creating

By Creativz

Could Basic Income Be a Game Changer for Artists?

By Alexis Frasz

Taking Note: Filling Gaps in Artist Data Knowledge

By Alexis Frasz

Debt: A System Failure, not an Individual One

By Ramona Gonzales

Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists

By Lauren Bailey

Online platforms are not enough. Artists need affordable space.

By Andrew Nachison

How does crowdfunding change the picture for artists?

By Andrew Nachison

Do artists have a competitive edge in the gig economy?

By Andrew Nachison

Can photographers restore their devastated business?

By Andrew Nachison

Who sets the agenda in America’s new urban core?

By Andrew Nachison

Artists, the original gig economy workers, have more rights than they think

By Andrew Nachison

Why we can’t achieve cultural equity by copying those in power

By Andrew Nachison

The art school of the future

By Andrew Nachison

What does it mean to sustain a career in the gig economy?

By Andrew Nachison

For profit or not, artists need tech designed for artists

By Andrew Nachison

Generosity as a guiding principle of life as an artist

By Andrew Nachison

Health insurance is still a work-in-progress for artists and performers

By Andrew Nachison

Want to be an artist? Be passionate and realistic about your career

By Andrew Nachison

Technology isn’t magic. Let’s make it work better for artists and musicians.

By Andrew Nachison

How artists and environmental activists both do better together

By Andrew Nachison

Introduction: What do artists need to thrive?

By Andrew Nachison

What artists actually need is an economy that works for everyone

By Andrew Nachison

Why arts funders and indie video game makers don’t click, and how to fix it

By Andrew Nachison

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What is this?

CREATIVZ is a conversation about how artists in the United States live and work and what they need to sustain and strengthen their careers. It's part of a research project from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Overall research and online strategy by Helicon. Online strategy and production by We Media.

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Cover photo by Bill Dickinson via Flickr / Creative Commons