Research Report Arts Workers in California
Creating a More Inclusive Social Contract to Meet Arts Workers’ and Other Independent Contractors’ Needs
Jenny R. Yang, Amanda Briggs, Jessica Shakesprere, Natalie Spievack, Shayne Spaulding, Steven Brown
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As the economy transforms, more workers find themselves working as independent contractors outside traditional employment structures, without access to social insurance programs and worker protections. Arts workers have been particularly affected by the sector’s reliance on nonstandard work arrangements and by misclassification. By focusing on California, which is at the forefront of misclassification, this report aims to offer a better understanding of arts workers, their working arrangements, and the challenges they face, particularly when working as independent contractors. This information offers a lens to identify policy solutions to create a more inclusive social contract that provides freelance arts workers and other independent contractors with access to fundamental social insurance programs and worker protections.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Health and health care Wealth and financial well-being Social safety net Race and equity
Tags Workplace and industry studies Racial and ethnic disparities Wages and nonwage compensation Arts and culture Wealth inequality Mobility Volatility Health insurance Beyond high school: education and training Inequality and mobility Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial equity in education Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in employment Racial inequities in health Wages and economic mobility
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population Income and Benefits Policy Center