The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the global arts sector in unprecedented ways. Museums had to close their doors. Concerts were cancelled. Artists who perform on urban streets were forced indoors due to stay-at-home orders.
O’Neill IUPUI Professor Doug Noonan and colleagues from the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (AEI) Lab are working to understand how the outbreak has impacted the arts sector. They hope it will help inform conversations about what the industry will be like after the pandemic.
A key focus of the AEI Lab is on the gig economy—characterized by the lack of an ongoing relationship with a single employer and made up of freelancers and independent contractors. The term gig economy might bring to mind images only of ridesharing drivers, but the concept of a gig economy actually comes from the arts sector. The connection between that type of work and the COVID-19 outbreak is all too relevant.