Artist Incomes

Artists do other jobs to earn a living

On average, practising professional artists spend over half of their time on their creative work (53 percent), but earn less than half of their total income from their creative practice (45 percent).

In contrast, they spend around 20 percent of their time on non-arts work, but generate around 32 percent of their income this way.

Throsby and Zednik found that insufficient income from their creative practice was a key factor preventing artists from spending more time on their desired arts occupation.