Survey on emerging artistic careers and independent cultural production in Italy

GAI- Associazione per il circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani (Young Italian Artists)
This measure was reported by civil society.
Describe the main features of the measure/initiative: 
What are the professional dynamics of today's creative communities? what are the opportunities and frailties in the different stages of contemporary artistic careers? which factors have the greatest impact on the development of work paths in the cultural field? These are some of the main questions underlying the Survey on emerging artistic careers and independent cultural production in Italy promoted in the two-year period 2019-2020 by GAI - Association for the Circuit of Young Italian Artists in partnership with the Santagata Foundation for the Economy of Culture and with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation in the context of the respective lines of work on cultural innovation aimed at favoring the fabric of contemporary production by supporting research and creativity, its knowledge and dissemination, its promotion and enhancement. The initiative is implemented in continuity with what has been done over the years by the network of GAI cities in order to contribute to the general debate on the issues, to a precise understanding of the transformations taking place, to the collection of requests from artists and operators, to the formulation of the relative answers in terms of policies and concrete actions. The proposed survey aims to study emerging artistic scenes and independent cultural production at national level, with regional and local focus, through three main analytical dimensions: 1) transformations in the role and careers of the artistic and cultural professions 2) new organizational forms and models of cultural and artistic production 3) role of artists and centers in urban transformations. The project is implemented according to modular work phases and consecutive advancement steps that involve emerging creatives, professionals in the sector, independent centers of cultural production, training bodies, institutions and which develop over 18 months through discussion groups, analysis quantitative, pilot research, dedicated presentations to arrive at a final public summary report.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?: 
After a first phase of research, which took place in the summer of 2019 with a focus on training and advancement paths in the artistic field, and after a first return of the results during the FISAD 2019 (International Festival of Art and Design Schools) in Turin, the survey in 2020 will focus on the artistic and creative professions. Keeping the under 35 panorama as the main analysis objective, the gaze will broaden to relate the initial phase of careers with the subsequent stages which, together, constitute a complete work and professional path. To detect its characterizing elements, opportunities, problems, perspectives. The 2020 phase of information collection and analysis envisaged in April and May the dissemination of a questionnaire with 28 questions aimed at deepening the professional paths in the artistic and creative field on a national scale, aimed at those who work in these sectors in the various career stages. Parallel to the processing of the aforementioned data, the third and last phase of research envisaged by the time schedule and dedicated to the study of cultural organizations operating in different territorial contexts in Italy began in order to deepen the role, practices and organizational models of independent cultural production in different areas of the country. At the end of 2020, an overall research report will be drawn up to be conveyed through the channels of the promoting bodies together with the publication of articles in other scientific journals. The results of the study will be a useful tool to learn more about the sectoral reality but also a basis for the implementation of national policies, reasoned concrete actions and dedicated lines of action.
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