Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) believes that artists are workers, who deserve to be treated as such. GIA also believes that public policies and practices must be strengthened so that our nation treats workers, including independent contractors and gig workers, with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Between 10-30% of workers are independent contractors or gig workers — in other words, self-employed and contracted to perform work for or provide services to another entity as a nonemployee. Many artists fall into this category, including the teaching artists who steward our children’s education and imagination. These workers don’t qualify for employer-based benefits like health care and paid leave, and growth in this category has contributed to a long-term decline in the percentage of unemployed workers eligible for unemployment insurance.