HR Study 2010
> HR Trends and Issues
Live Performing Arts - Highlights
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The HR Study 2010 package contains: HR Trends and Issues, Labour Market Information for Canada's Cultural Sector and The Effect of the Global Economic Recession on Canada's Creative Economy in 2009.
Impact of the recession
Reduced business sponsorship and advertising revenues in the live performing arts have been exacerbated by changing government funding policies and programs. In addition, layoffs in other sectors that arose during the recession have left consumers with less for discretionary spending.
Capturing live performance through audio and video recordings offers new opportunities to share a range of artistic disciplines widely, and to reach new audiences. New technologies have changed audience expectations of performance. Technology raises issues around intellectual property and fair compensation of artists.
Changes to government policies and funding for all forms of live performing arts have impacted production companies' abilities to make live performances and touring financially feasible. Obtaining funding through philanthropy is difficult, and particularly so in times of economic uncertainty. Many organizations reported struggling with reduced audience sizes.
Changing marketing and advertising models leads to the need for training to build new skills. New uses of projection, multi-media integration, rigging, etc. are also necessitating new training for artists and theatre technicians. The development of technical skills for live performing arts often requires performers to take part in special training or development activities. Many decry a lack of availability of management training and mentoring opportunities.
Difficult working conditions
Work in the live performing arts can be characterized as irregular or as unstable employment with unclear career paths. Individuals seeking employment in the field must be prepared for the possibilities of modest or fluctuating incomes, low job security, and the ongoing need to multi-task. Retirement planning is a particular concern.