Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)

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COVID-19 B.C. Arts & Culture Impact Survey

The October/November version of our Impact Survey is now closed. Watch this page for further updates.

GVPTA collected data from March 12, 2020 to June, 2020 in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on arts and culture organizations across the province.     


This survey was designed for all arts disciplines, artists, arts workers, cultural organizations, and museums across B.C. 


Originally, we at Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance had released a survey exclusively for theatre organizations, but through feedback received from funders, colleagues in other arts disciplines, and discussions with our colleagues at BC Alliance for Arts + Culture and BC Museums Association, it made sense to expand the existing survey to be inclusive of all arts and culture organizations in British Columbia.


We measured financial, human resources, and other impacts based on decisions that have been made about your programming, activities, and operations. We also asked for demographic information so we can review the impact based on different segments of our community. 

Aggregate data was shared with funders, researchers, and arts service organizations for regional, provincial, and national reporting and analysis.
 
Download the June 2020 Summary Report (PDF)

Summary Report Highlights

The summary report released on June 1 was based on survey responses submitted across three versions of survey between March 12 and May 20. Note that, as with any survey, the data is only partial representation of the impact COVID-19 has had on the arts and culture sector in British Columbia.
  • 866 unique respondents completed the survey between March 12 and May 20; 64% of respondents identified as artists or arts workers, and 36% of respondents completed the survey on behalf of an organization.
  • The top four disciplines represented were Visual Arts (39%), Theatre (29%), Community Arts and Music (tied at 19%).
    were Visual Arts (39%), Theatre (29%), Community Arts and Music (tied at 19%).
  • Responses from 28 Regional Districts across the province were received, with 61% of respondents based in Metro Vancouver
    across the province were received, with 61% of respondents based in Metro Vancouver
  • Theatre, Music, and Festivals reported a higher percentage of financial losses from ticket sales compared with other disciplines.higher percentage of financial losses from ticket sales compared with other disciplines.higher percentage of financial losses from ticket sales compared with other disciplines.higher percentage of financial losses from ticket sales compared with other disciplines.
  • Organizations that operate a facility are disproportionately impacted by the loss of revenue from ticket sales and rentals (45%) compared with organizations without a facility (24%)
  • Facility-based organizations report more than twice the average financial loss compared with organizations without a facility
  • Organizations operating facilities will face critical cashflow challenges sooner than those without a facility
  • 43% of artists and arts workers are concerned that they will lose more than 75% of their projected income in 2020
  • 96% of respondents report experiencing higher stress and anxiety
  • Questions? 

    Questions about the survey? Contact Executive Director Kenji Maeda.