Artist Incomes

Despite an increase in membership over time, only one third of artists are members of a copyright collecting society

Over 3 in 4 artists believe that they hold copyright over their artwork. However only one third are members of a copyright collecting society, up slightly from 25 percent in 2002. Of those who are members of a copyright collecting society, just under half have received a payment in the last 12 months (46 percent).

The use or exploitation of creative work without the copyright holder's permission is a key issue for artists. Despite one quarter of artists having had their copyright infringed in the past, around half of artists feel that the current provision for copyright protection is adequate. For actors, dancers, visual artists and craft practitioners, more artists have had their copyright infringed than are members of a copyright collecting institution, suggesting the artist population may not be adequately represented.

A smaller proportion of artists have had their moral rights infringed (including things like misattributed authorship, wilful damage of work etc.), but only one third of artists feel that the current provision for moral rights infringements is adequate.

Figure 30 - Protection of artists' copyright and moral rights

All artists (%)Actors (%)CACD practitioners (%)Composers (%)Craft practitioners (%)Dancers (%)Musicians (%)Visual artists(%)Writers (%)
Are members of one or more copyright collecting societies331425881617442843
Had copyright infringed252222243822193026
Had moral rights infringed191819192411122921
Believe current provision for copyright protection is adequate514048724035555063
Believe current provision for moral rights infringements is adequate333525492428363235